The restaurant’s “about us” web page offers a mild-mannered, simple description of a beachfront restaurant with an “intimate chef’s counter the place you possibly can expertise an modern omakase eating expertise with contemporary, domestically sourced, and flown-in fish.”
What it doesn’t inform you, nonetheless, is that your miso soup will probably be served in a beaker, the yellowtail is smoked beneath a lab glass, specialty cuts of fish are torched earlier than your eyes, and uni is topped with caviar and gold flakes.
It’s all a part of the imaginative and prescient by New York Metropolis actual property developer Hank Freid and his son Brandon, whose fashionable tackle conventional Japanese eating is now serving on the bottom flooring of the 106-room Residence Inn by Marriott Fort Lauderdale/Pompano Seashore.
Brandon tells New Instances his household’s Impulsive Group bought the resort property three years in the past, opting to bypass Miami-Dade and Palm Seashore County for unexplored territory.
In keeping with Brandon, Pompano Seashore introduced a promising alternative to broaden its holdings — which embody New York Metropolis’s Sanctuary Resort, Haven Rooftop, and the Ameritania Resort — right into a burgeoning South Florida market.
“Different areas like Miami and Boca Raton felt oversaturated, however once we began trying into the revitalization going down in Pompano, we instantly knew this was going to be the following sizzling spot,” says Brandon.
As with its New York Metropolis sister ideas, the Florida outpost serves up conventional sashimi and nigiri with a laboratory-themed presentation.
Sushi Lab first opened as an eight-person omakase on the concierge desk within the foyer of the Sanctuary Resort. The idea rapidly expanded to the constructing’s rooftop, a second location in East Village, and the Chemistry Room at Sushi Lab, a 30-seat offshoot that includes a 15-course tasting menu in Midtown.
“It’s exploratory sushi — each conventional and nontraditional, with completely different fish and choices you wouldn’t discover some other place,” says Brandon. “How we put together all the things actually stands aside from extra generic locations. We get imaginative in what we do, and the way we spotlight completely different flavors — like scientists in a lab.”
Because the Residence Inn flagship restaurant, Sushi Lab’s signature $60 omakase would be the predominant draw. Regardless of the experimental theme, the choices aren’t all fusion however as an alternative current inventive marrying of complicated flavors from each Japanese and French delicacies. The distinction and presentation are supposed to provide a contact of pleasure.
You will want a reservation to expertise Sushi Lab’s entry-level omakase on the bar, nevertheless it’s served on the desk as properly. Dubbed the “Chef’s Choice” and priced at $60 per individual, it contains 11 signature items doled out over a 90-minute dine. For the extra adventurous eater, the $100 “Lab Experiment” will get you 15 programs, every accented with high-end substances like freshly shaved black truffle, caviar, and gold leaf.
Whereas Sushi Lab’s focus is on omakase, extra indoor and out of doors seating presents visitors with the choice of an a la carte izakaya, sushi, and maki menu that features appetizers, salads, and entree-style predominant plates. Seated on the bar for omakase, however choose the bao buns? You may order these, no downside.
Highlights embody sharing plates like a selection of miso eggplant, comfortable shell crab, or pork stomach bao buns; mains like seared Wagyu lettuce wraps or a candy and bitter tackle hen and waffles; and a listing of specialty sushi rolls together with the “Surf & Turf” that pairs spicy tuna topped with torched Wagyu beef or the “Water Dragon Roll” with truffle-dusted barbecue eel, cucumber, and avocado.
“Sushi continues to be an untapped market in Pompano,” sums up Brandon. “Sushi Lab will provide diners an elevated, high-quality oceanfront omakase and sushi expertise, however one which’s additionally approachable. It is a very completely different atmosphere out of your regular omakase areas.”
Sushi Lab. 1350 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Seashore; sushilab.com. Sunday by means of Wednesday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Thursday by means of Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.