Suga Taster, Jehan Knight’s Ratings for ETARU Hallandale, FL.
Date and time of visit: November 2, 2019 at 7:30pm
No. of diners: 3
NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum
Food quality: ★★★★☆
Serving amount: ★★★★☆
Value for $: ★★★★☆
Suga Taster’s Breakdown!
ETARU Hallandale has dining by the terrace and an indoor/outdoor cocktail bar that specializes in contemporary Japanese Robatayaki-style cuisine. Robatayaki is when food is cooked at varying speeds over hot charcoal similar to barbecue.
Upon arriving to the restaurant, valet parking was smooth with a USD$13 charge. We were then directed to the hostess who had our reservation for three requesting outdoor seating several days prior. However, she apologized that there were no available tables outside. Once seated inside, our server, Vasiliki B. presented us with the dinner and drink menus, informed us about the cuisine offered including the fact that everything was a la carte, gave us a few minutes and then returned to take our orders.
Two servings of Pork Dumplings were requested, but one had to be sent back because a member of our party was allergic to sesame seeds. The server apologized for not asking about any allergies, as she was in a rush to get our orders in before the kitchen got extremely busy.
The downfalls with this restaurant were that a few of the dishes lacked flavour, which was appeased by the sauces they were served with. Also, the wait time, as we did not complete our meals until about 10:40pm after getting there at 7:30 pm.
The fried chicken lacked flavour. It seemed as if no salt or pepper was added to the batter, but the sauce was rich and had hints of lemon zest.
The Pork Dumplings were tasty, but lacked an adequate serving of ponzu sauce to have all the flavours truly marry together.
The Grilled Chicken was seasoned well and reminded me a bit of ‘Pan Chicken’ from home (Jamaica). The lemon saikyo sauce had the perfect consistency and provided a burst of flavour from the various oriental spices.
The Baked potato had too much garnish and not enough yuzu soft cheese, so Suga Taster, Jehan was unable to fully appreciate the combo.
The Lamb Chops were cooked medium, with a succulent slide off the bones with each taste. The pairing of the Korean spices and the sesame cucumbers were on point.
The Broccolini was blanched perfectly, but I would have peferred if the sauce had been evenly dispersed.
The Steak was cooked medium well as ordered. The wasabi chimichurri sauce added the right amount of heat to the steak.
This dessert option was on point and satisfied our sweet tooth well!
Location: 111 S Surf Road, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.
Edited By: Gabrielle Burgess
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