Saturday, July 13, 2024

Restaurant Review: Kapow Noodle Bar

402 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 561/567-8828

Kapow Noodle Bar not only survived the harrowing pandemic closures, but it came out the other side without missing a step. Its overflowing outdoor bar scene has been a mainstay in Mizner Park for more than a decade. And now it’s moved—don’t worry, not too far—just across the red-brick road. The 5,175-square-foot restaurant, which formally housed the Blue Fish and Rack’s, is expansive compared to Kapow’s previous tight quarters.

With much more wiggle room, Sub-Culture Group & Kapow co-founder Vaughan Dugan decided to go big. They doubled the seating capacity that includes a covered outdoor patio and now have a much larger indoor/outdoor bar to host lively happy hours. If you want to up your dinner game, make a reservation at the newly debuted separate omakase bar near the kitchen with personalized chef-curated bites that you won’t find on the regular menu. And if you’re looking for a uber-fun and guaranteed memorable night out, book one of the three karaoke rooms.

Spicy skirt steak tacos

From the moment I stepped inside I felt the familiar Kapow vibe (make sure to look up as you enter for a purrfect welcome). You know you’re in for a good time starting with the dazzling interiors by Manhas Design—especially the impressive 95-foot Rosanna Kalis mural that was animated by Jasper Mosher. You can’t miss it, and if you sit inside, you’ll be entranced by it.

We had to start with a signature crispy rice selection, so we went with the tuna tartare ($16). Perfect for sharing with four pieces per order, the balance of crunchy rice and soft tuna was a wonderful start to our meal. Each piece is topped with tobiko that adds to the crunch, while the minute piece of serrano pepper plays off the truffle honey soy drizzle. We also opted for the spicy skirt steak tacos ($16) and General Tso’s cauliflower ($15). The tacos had a delightful crunch and were well seasoned without being overly heated, but the cauliflower was certainly the table’s favorite, with its sweet and savory flavors.

General Tso’s cauliflower

Kapow also debuted a select sushi menu, so we ordered the Just Chill Roll ($19). The freshness of the hamachi takes center stage, and it’s topped with refreshing avocado and mango-red onion salsa. The star of the evening was the Peking duck ($75). It’s a head turner as it arrives to the table with an aura of elegance and is presented on a beautiful wood bark charger. It’s substantial, so save room for this shareable dish that comes with vegetable fried rice and traditional pancakes, cucumber and scallion slices.

Kapow continues to deliver an effervescent ambience that makes you want to relax and stay a while. Its varied menu has something for every craving and palate, from noshing bites to extended meals among loved ones.

IF YOU GO

PARKING: Street parking, parking lots nearby
HOURS: Mon.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Fri., 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Sat., 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
PRICES: $5 – $75
WEBSITE: kapownoodlebar.com

This article is from the March 2023 issue of Boca magazine. For more like this, click here to subscribe to the magazine.

Christie Galeano-DeMott
Christie Galeano-DeMott
Christie is a food lover, travel fanatic, bookworm, Francophile, and she believes art in all its forms is good for the soul. When she’s not writing about the incredible dishes, people and places that capture South Florida's culture and vibe, Christie is irresistibly happy in the company of her husband and a glass of red wine.

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