Voodka on Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale is a new hot spot worth catching while doing the trendy boulevard stroll. Billed as "A Transcontinental Brasserie" it definitely has a different air than most area restaurants and bars--it is loaded with various type of furniture that are conducive to different types of dining--tables, high tops, the bar--and couches. Yes, guests are encouraged to relax and dine and drink afterwards--no one is pushing you to turn the tables! And with the array of food and desserts, it is easy to sit and eat and drink way into the night!
While Voodka might appear to be a Russian dining establishment, it is very multicultural in art, patrons and menu. While some balked at "American" hamburgers being on the menu, that is what people want and I heard they were wonderful. I opted for Carpaccio, mussels and pasta with shaved truffles. Save the burgers for another time, though I did try the fries. Nicely crispy and hand-cut, served in waxed faux newspaper in a deep wire basket, they were good, but couldn't hold a candle to the freshly cut raw beef and ample frisee and arugula salad, served with a light vinaigrette dressing. And Oh! The bread--delicious and crusty--as was the bread served with the mussels swimming in fragrant garlic and white wine and butter sauce!
But don't stop there--if you like fragrant, try the pasta with shaved truffles! Freshly dried truffles are reportedly flown in from France weekly for this and other dishes, but the combination with butter and whatever other spice of flavors they use--or maybe none--maybe just the truffles and butter was all that was needed, but I just about wanted to lick the plate! Instead, I took some in a "doggy" bag and opted to try dessert,
The carrot cake had a cream cheese icing that was not sugary, but just creamy and rich enough to complement the not-to-sweet cake. It went well with the Maple Crown Royal that the bartender suggested I try--as an alternative to my usual Crown on the rocks. The wine list was also quite nice and I found a reasonably priced sauvignon blanc to go with my meal.
Can't wait to go back and try a number of other things on the menu--including the burger with Fois Gras
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