Monday, April 30, 2012

Dapur for people watching and trendy Asian dining in Fort Lauderdale

Dapur: Asian Tapas and Lounge
1620 North Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
Sunday-Thursday: 5-11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 5 p.m.- 12 a.m.

By Jane Feehan

With a menu influenced by Indonesia and Malaysia, a Spartan but trendy d├ęcor, and DJ-played music blending New Age harmonies and world fusion rhythms, Dapur nears top of the list for most interesting new restaurants in Fort Lauderdale.

Owner Edi Mulyanto, once with the highly successful Galanga Thai Kitchen and Sushi Bar in Wilton Manors, knows what brings in the customers -- especially in these tough economic times.  The menu presents a variety of tantalizing small plates and main courses priced right.

A small plate of Brussel sprouts ($6) started off my meal. I highly recommend this dish, even to those who are not crazy about them. Pan-fried crispy leaves seasoned beautifully in Dapur brown sauce were barely
recognizable as Brussel sprouts; it would please the pickiest of palates. Second up was a plate of vegetable dumplings ($7). Texture and sauce, though agreeable, were not substitutes for lackluster flavor; they needed spicing up.  A main course of Chicken Lemon Grass ($16) with fresh bok choy and steamed rice got the good dining experience back on track. Sliced chicken grilled with a hint of lemon grass was tender enough to dig into and eat with chopsticks.

Dapur cooks up plenty of gluten free dishes and provides a good choice of wines. BV is the house wine; a Happy Hour price of $5 for a generous pour is a bargain. Full bar available. Dapur, great for people-watching, is also busy with group events and parties with  its banquette room and expansive lounge that can be set up with buffet tables. Reservations on weekends recommended. Dress: smart casual.

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