New Kid on the Block in Fort Lauderdale: Koi, Japanese Cuisine Sushi Lounge Bar

Tina Wang and her husband, Chef Jason Zheng, who have created Asian “must dine’’ restaurants, Saiko-i Sushi Lounge and Hibachi in West Boca Raton and Yakitori Sake House in East Boca Raton, have moved a few miles south to open a third location. Koi, Japanese Cuisine Sushi Lounge Bar, located in the Harbor Shops just off the 17th Street Causeway in Fort Lauderdale, is an outstanding addition to the busy neighborhood.


If the location sounds familiar, that’s because Koi is in the footprint of the old Coco Asian Bistro, popular spot for Thai cuisine. The space became available when Coco’s owner retired in 2019. Wang and Zheng this summer will expand the restaurant with a hibachi room, which should be a huge hit.

“We’re getting a lot of customers from the previous owner, so we’re keeping a lot of the Thai dishes,’’ Wang said.

The previous sushi menu, however, has been changed and upgraded, meaning Fort Lauderdale locals can get the same large, outstanding raw and cooked rolls (don’t pass on the Lobster Dyanamite) as at Saiko-i, along with Pad Thai dishes, Poke bowls, Volcano Fried Rice and fish specials such as Japanese Snapper Taradito, Japanese Scallops, Peking Duck and Mongolian Beef.

Pad Thai Beef

“So many sushi restaurants are the same,’’ Wang said. “That’s why we added a lot of special fish (dishes) like the Japanese Snapper.’’

Koi has indoor/outdoor seating for approximately guests, a lunch menu that includes Bento boxes and rolls, and a Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. that features appetizers from the kitchen and bar. My favorite? The Spicy Tuna Tartare.

But feel free to select your own favorites and Koi. Regardless of the selections, you can’t go wrong.

Feature Photo: Lobster Volcano


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