Monday, January 30, 2023

Tech-Centric Yoko-San Debuts in Boca

If you like your contemporary pan-Asian cookery with a side order of high-tech, you’ll want to check out the new Yoko-San (99 S.E. Mizner Blvd., 561/430-3565), a sleek new eatery in the star-crossed Boca space that in the last couple of years has seen at least three restaurants come and go faster than you can say, “86’d!”

The uber-sleek restaurant from Israeli resto-preneur Stiv Ostrovski bills itself as a “hibachi fushion [er, that would be “fusion”] Japanese steakhouse,” with a 200-plus item menu that ranges all over Southeast Asia, from sushi and Thai curries to Korean-style short ribs and Mongolian beef.

If you want to get all fusion-y, there are dishes like salmon Wellington with lemongrass beurre blanc and crispy spicy duck breast over baby bok choy. If you’re not feeling all that adventurous you can get a crab and avocado salad or seared beef tenderloin with foie gras. And, of course, there’s a roster of proteins that can be cooked on the hibachi grill, from chicken and Wagyu beef to sea bass and lobster tail.

The restaurant itself is a riot of design elements and color, starting with the bright blue awning over the front door and continuing inside, where the former occupants’ limestone walls, drum chandeliers and pressed-tin ceiling are augmented by vibrant graphics and stylish modern furnishings. Then there’s all the tech stuff, like photo menus that change language with the touch of a button, displays that let you take the now-obligatory selfies and even play memory games at the table.

Remember when you went to a restaurant just to, you know. . . eat?

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