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Having recently purchased a condominium on the New River and Las Olas in downtown Fort Lauderdale, I have taken a tour of the neighborhood and its surrounding restaurants. Being familiar with Hardy Park, I was not aware of the Hardy Park Bistro until I had passed the place several times. From the street, it appeared to be quite plain. On a rainy night recently, my daughter Kate and I were driving through the neighborhood when she suggested stopping for something to eat. I tried explaining that the menu served at Hardy Park Bistro would probably not be to her liking. Kate retorted that she had Yelp'd the place and that it had good reviews. Upon crossing the street from a parking meter, we were immediately met by our server. Sarah questioned whether we wanted to be seated inside or out. Although it was still raining a bit, Kate and I opted to sit outside and watch the weightlifters at the gym next door. Kate commented that some of the women lifted as much as the men. Sarah took our order - the $13.50 Octopus Salad for me and the $5.00 French Fries for Kate. While waiting for dinner, my eight-year old questioned the menu. Kate wanted to know why there were so few "kid friendly" items. Sarah explained that the menu changed weekly and that you could always find something on it to eat. Kate responded with a "yes" - French Fries. A few moments later, a gentleman came out and served Kate and I with Arancini, which is - essentially - stuffed rice balls that are coated with breadcrumbs and fried. We shared them while awaiting our dinner. Later that evening, I Googled the name to learn exactly what was in them. About ten minutes later, Kate and I were served dinner. French Fries are not really hard to describe, so I won't bore you with the details. As for the Octopus Salad, it contained grilled octopus with arugula, roasted tomatoes, garlic and eggplant. I don't remember the type of dressing but I had no complaint. Delicious food in an unobtrusive urban bistro is a rare find in a city like Fort Lauderdale. Not kid friendly from the menu perspective but definitely worth a shot if you are dining with your spouse or on a date. No bar - beer and wine only. Our server Sarah did a great job and provided excellent service. I will definitely dine at the Hardy Park Bistro again. The next time I will try the Braised Short Ribs with Carrot Puree, Black Beans and Broccolini... /s/ William E. Lewis Jr., Davie, Fort Lauderdale and Vero Beach, Florida
ULTIMATE CUISINE WAS THE ULTIMATE!! We used Ultimate Cuisine for our wedding on February 2, 2013 and were blown away. A friend recommended them and we are so glad she did. The customer service right from the start was top notch. Jamie met us out at the venue, a private residence on the ocean in Manalapan, to go over everything prior to even booking them. And, I was not charged for that which amazed me right away. Jamie took care of all off the tables, chairs, and linens for MUCH less than any of the other caterers out there. Additionally, we got to eat off of china, and there was no up-charge like all of the other quotes I got. China and real silverware was included in their price! The passed appetizers were amazing, the coconut crusted scallops with the pina colada sauce and the conch fritters were my favorites, but the funny things was each of the appetizers were someone's favorite! Then the main dishes were delicious. Also, Jamie recommended Cakes by Nancy and said her cakes were to die for, and she was right. We had a white cake with key lime and whipped cream filling and a butter cream frosting-there wasn't any left and several people who told me they never eat wedding cake ate ours! A few of of wedding guests were snowed in in the northeast and couldn't make the wedding at the very last minute due to cancelled flights and Jamie assured me she would pack up plenty of left overs for me and my husband. However, EVERYTHING went. That's how good the food was! There was actually a little prime rib left, which was packed up for us at the end of the night and made a yummy meal the next day. Not only was the food incredible, but the staff was incredible as well. They made sure that my husband and I ate first, just to be sure we didn't get too caught up in everything and forget to eat. I can't tell you how many people commented on the food saying things like, "wedding food is usually just so-so but this was SO GOOD". We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day, and Ultimate Cuisine was big reason why. The next day were trying to think of some kind of party we could have so we could use them again!! :)
Ultimate Cuisine was absolutely amazing. My daughter wanted to have her Bat Mitzvah at the Fort Laudredale Children's Theater in the Galleria Mall. This presented a challenge as there is no kitchen, no stove, not even a sink. I searched the internet for a caterer that could handle this, and I found Ultimate Cuisine. I loved that their prices and menu's are right on their website, so I had an idea of how much it would cost even before making the fist phone call. Ty was fantastic. He assured me that he'd be able to set up a field kitchen right in the parking lot, and he even took care of getting approval from the mall. A week before the party I was getting very nervous, and Ty could sense I needed some reassurance. We met at the venue (Ty's suggestion!) and we talked for over an hour about everything that could possibly go wrong, and he alleviated all of my concerns. The Bat Mitzvah reception was spectacular. Ty and his crew were phenomenal. The service was better than a 5 star restaurant, the food was out of this world, and the entire staff was friendly, cheerful and extremely professional. You can tell they they love what they do. Ty even let my 13 year old daughter decide on their attire for the day which made her very happy. My guests kept going back to the buffet over and over again, telling me that the food was delicious. Everything was cooked right there on the premises, not carted in and rewarmed, so everything tasted fresh and amazing. I saw many of my guests complimenting Ty and his staff. They went above and beyond all of my expectations. The final bill was exactly what was agreed on with no last minute surprises. They even packed up the leftover food for me to take home! I couldn't have asked for anything better!
Finding the right caterer is probably the most important part of planning a wedding. In my search for the perfect catering company I was recommended by a friend to call Ultimate Cuisine. My first phone call I spoke to Ty Gerould. He spent the next hour with me talking about all the things that Ultimate Cuisine could do for me to make my wedding spectacular and run smoothly. He was so personable and gave me so much information about weddings that I had not thought of. Their menu was impressive and extensive and when I tasted the food I knew they had a very talented chef. Ty made the planning so easy and the wedding day was absolutely perfect. The table arrangements were beautiful and very professional. During the reception the food was delicious and the service was impeccable. There was never an empty glass or a dirty plate. The servers were very attentive to the guests but especially to me. They made sure I was eating and was hydrated which is the one thing the bride always forgets to do at her wedding! After they cleaned up when the last guest was gone, it was like they were never there. I could not believe how spotless they left the place! I have used Ultimate Cuisine for numerous other catering occasions and will continue to do so. I have always been extremely happy with the results.
I might have been a difficult bride to worth with... I had a tight schedule and only thought about this day my entire life. I am a planner by nature and love to be control of everything! A word of advice to any/all brides, your day you will not have control of mother nature and the ring barer hitting their head and having to go to the emergency room. BUT what you can control are the people that you hire to make sure your entire day goes smoothly. The biggest job you can hire is for your catering... I looked for months before I found Ultimate Cuisine, I wish I found them earlier in my search!! Jamie was an absolute pleasure to work with and she is extremely organized. I had the worse experience with other caters and not returning my emails or phone calls. Jamie treated me like I was a client before we had even put the deposit down. Our wedding had the usual surprises and curve balls but none of the guest noticed and everything just went seemly perfect. I was able to enjoy myself, fully, with no worries of my wedding... Other than the ring barer, who later that night enjoyed himself on the dance floor. I would highly recommend Ultimate Cuisine!!
We had our caterer selected, but when we decided to downsize our wedding we called the caterer to let them know and we never received a call back. I guess our wedding was just too small for them! We were referred to ultimate cuisine through our venue, and talk about things happening for a reason. When I called them I immediately got a hold of Jamie, the coordinator, and from the first conversation I realized these were the people for us. Kind, responsive, willling and entusiastic. I asked them if they would mind replicating a special recipe for us and it was never an issue. My husband is a chef, and so normally people would think we would have ridiculous expectations, but in fact we expected normal catered food as to not set our expectations to high. Well needless to say, we did not get the status quo. Our buffet was exceptional. The fish and chicken were most and hot! People went crazy for their jalapeno cheddar cornbread! So few companies take pride in what they do, but ultimate cuisine is genuinely excited to be a part of your big days success. Go with them and you will not be dissappointed. Angelique & Scott
Wow! Buffet restaurants are often sad little porker paradises laden with sub-standard carb filled crap. Kyojin Buffet smashes that stereotype. If you like sushi and raw fish and rare seafood, you'll flip for Kyojin. They offer about 30 different types of fresh made sushi on their immaculate well maintained sushi buffet line. They have raw tuna, marlin, mahi and a jellyfish salad mix that is phenomonal. They offer a mongolian grill with fresh ingredients. Then you move onto the hot buffet line which I sadly did not test. I looked at it but greedily ate the wonderful sushi. The hot line includes a sweetly battered calamari, crab legs and a fresh whole salmon. The kicker is the price - it is only about $20 per person. Sushi rolls are usually priced between $7-10 each. This gives you an opportunity to try some rare and unique sushi without spending $50 and getting stuck with a roll you don't like. If you shun buffets, wear a disguise, park around the side and sneak on in to Kyojin. You'll be a convert soon enough. Who knows, maybe you'll soon frequent Golden Corral (just kidding).
Our menu: DELUXE HOT BUFFET MENU (Choice of 2 Entrees) great and really good service people.... Beef Stroganoff, Turkey Tetrazinni, Mahi Mahi Vera Cruz, Grilled Salmon Filet with Lemon Butter Sauce, Grilled Marinated Beef Tenderloin Shish Ke Bobs, Churrasco with Chimicurri Sauce, Quiche Lorraine, Stuffed Shrimp, Stuffed Shells with Meatsauce, Chicken Marsala, Chicken Francais, Homemade Meat Lasagna, Beef Bourguignonne, Seafood Newburg Also Included: Tossed Salad with Dressings Choice of One: Baked Stuffed Potato With Cheese, Garden Vegetable Rice, Rice Pilaf, Redskin Potatoes in Parsley Butter Sauce, Scalloped Potatoes, Au Gratin Potatoes, Sweet Potato Casserole Choice of One: Broccoli (Steamed with Butter Sauce or with Hollandaise Sauce)Green Beans Almondine, Whole Kernel Corn, Belgian Carrots with Glaze, California Blend Vegetables, Bahama Blend Vegetables or Oriental Vegetables Bakery Rolls and Butter Relish Tray Disposable 10" Plates, Heavy Weight Cutlery and Disposable Dinner Napkins
Price is towards the high side, but the quality of ingredents, quantity of food along with a great selection of signature burgers you get more than what you pay for! They also have something that I've never seen or had anywhere else, Lobster Corndogs! These are a must have if its your first time or 100th time visiting. Not into sea food, then your in luck because their wings are also amongst the best out there, I recommend spicy/bbq mix. As for their bar, you will be impressed with their beer selection. From local IPA's to a seasonal import on tap, all the best liquiors, and a quality wine list you will definitely find something to wet your whistle and compliment your meal. Honestly, if you are looking for a place to bring friends/family from out of town, a place to hang with your friends, or great date night Rok Brgr is your spot! With a great staff, great atsmosphere, and EXCEPTIONAL food all mixed into the heart of downtown Ft. Lauderdale you can't go wrong!
Looking back, the pains of being over a thousand miles away planning my Mom's 90th bd and having 26 years experience in foodservice ourselves with five caterers in the running early on provided needless anxiety. In my very first call with Jamie Pignone, her sensitivity, good cheer and professionalism handling EVERY detail with Ty and the team made the rest a "'piece of cake'" HA !. The impressive menu selection and price/value and flexibility in setup they provided now has my Mom and her fifty plus close friends in the Ft Lauderdale area asking her who was that caterer that dazzled everyone. Yes, they dazzled us too. There isn't enough room to add all the good things we could add ..except to say , make it easy o yourself . Call Jamie and Ty up ..let them take care of the details.