Where To Dine: Inspire all of your senses at SAIA

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Fire Dragon Roll (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

Fire Dragon Roll (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

Florida Vacation Guide to one of the best restaurants in Fort Lauderdale – SAIA

There are certain restaurants you visit when you travel where the service, the atmosphere and the food all come together to provide you with one of the best dining experiences you could imagine. The one that you’ll never forget. A place like this exists in the walls of the B Hotel Fort Lauderdale, at SAIA restaurant.

The atmosphere

Your senses are engaged the minute you walk in SAIA’s doors. The softly lit dining room sets the mood for a romantic dinner or a night out on the town with friends. The scent of Thai spices wafting from the open kitchen tells your stomach you’re in for a treat. The music and the sounds of excited conversations happening at the bar, in the kitchen and among your fellow diners let you know you’re someplace special.

Try to get a seat by the window where you can do some great people watching on North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.

A refreshing Ruby Foo (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

A refreshing Ruby Foo (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

The drinks

The entire SAIA menu is exciting and it all starts with cocktails. You can’t in good faith dine out at SAIA without sampling at least one! The Ruby Foo is an excellent option – made with sake, vodka, fresh strawberries and basil, topped with ginger ale. The flavor of the basil is unexpected and delicious. Or maybe you’d like to try the Oh’ My Cosmo made with Hangar One Orange, Grand Marnier, lime juice, cranberry juice and candied orange peel.

Ask your server about the premium spirits and sakes used in the signature infused Shochus!

Lamb Lollipops (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

Lamb Lollipops (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

The food

One of the special things about SAIA is that dishes are served family-style, with plates of food being set at the center of the table throughout the meal to be casually shared among diners. Don’t let the words ‘sushi’ and ‘sake’ fool you! While there is amazing sushi served at SAIA, there are also plenty of dishes for the less adventurous eaters in your party as well.

Menu highlights include the lamb lollipops which are recommended by Executive Chef Subin Chenkorsorn himself. These succulent morsels of barbeque lamb fall off the bone and the sauce will have you licking your fingers to get every last drop. Also for meat lovers is the Miso filet. Another tender cut of meat seasoned to perfection and so flavorful that you simply can’t get enough of it.

For chicken lovers, the Siam Chicken is a must. Pan-grilled with a creamy coconut sauce and served on a bed of fresh vegetables, this dish is a crowd pleaser, especially when paired with an order of fried rice (with fresh avocado and cilantro) and tempura plantain.

Then there’s the sushi! It all looks so good! If you have trouble deciding what to order, we recommend the Ocean Blue Roll, tempura fried and stuffed with crab, avocado, eel and boursin cheese (one of SAIA’s most popular rolls). The Fire Dragon Roll is also amazing with a delicious spicy tuna & masago topping that will have you fighting over the last bites.

If you manage to save room for dessert, you can’t go wrong with the Tirama-sushi or our favorite, the tempura fried banana with coconut ice cream. Who would think that fried banana would be one of the best restaurant desserts out there?

Tell us…

What’s your favorite ethnic dish?