Tundra Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale Slated to Open October 20

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It may be hot outside, but things are chilling out at Tundra, the ice-themed restaurant conceived by David Berman and Alex Podolny. Scheduled to open in the former Mancini's space at 1017 East Las Olas Blvd., the restaurant is the first of three concepts by the pair, which will include the high-end restaurant Chill- slated for Miami in January- and Alaska Ice Lodge- a family-friendly concept they're shopping around.

Tundra's focus is the 15-course tasting menu, a $59 concept that includes kobe beef meatballs, ceviche, potato crusted black grouper, and butter poached lobster. Items are available a la carte, from $5 to $40. 

Berman says 3 inch ice spheres shape the cocktail menu. "Their size and density means a colder drink that isn't diluted," he said.

Though Berman emphasizes guests' comfort inside-no parkas necessary- it's cold enough to house ice as sculptures and design elements inside and out. 

Berman learned ice sculpture at hotels, says the former executive chef at Broward County Convention Center- with twenty plus years experience at The Westin Copley Place in Boston and The Mayflower in Washington, DC, among others. 

Berman's hobby became a passion, which led to his opening Sculptured Ice Creations, the Deerfield Beach-based ice-design company. Eventually, "I couldn't do both: ice design and cooking elsewhere," said Berman, "so I've combined interests with Tundra." Sculptured Ice Creations will supply the restaurant with its ice and sculptures.


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Tracey
Tracey

This place is fantastic!!! Definitely worth every penny! Although the bar service could be a little better, Bryan and his sous chef were welcoming and hard at work. The food is phenominal! I'll be there again this Friday with my girl friends.

Cheryl
Cheryl

WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT!  Let me start off by saying, these people have NO idea how to run a restaurant! We had a party of 12 the second night open. The service was horrible, it took  20 minutes each time we ordered a $16.00 drink, to get it. The food was mediocre at best and extremely overpriced. After it taking them 20 minutes to figure out our check then another 15 to fix it 3 times until out $1,000 check was correct. You think the owner would have at least come out to apologize. And they had no problem automaticly adding 20% gratuity though! For what I still haven't figured out. What a waste. Don't waste your time or money! This place won't be around long enough.

Vivian
Vivian

Cheryl: I went a few days ago!I totally disagree with you.The service was fenomenal,I think they are doing a wonderfull job, and something out of the box in restaurant concept.It seems to me, that you dont dinner out that often, or may be you are used to go to restaurant "chains".The price is more than right for the food they serve, and how it is presneted.And for your knowledge: every restaurant ALLWAYS add between 15 and 20 % gratuity for partys of 6/8 or more.I am telling everybody: Try Tundra, it is an awesome place.You can't go wrong.Thank you all Tundra people.Las Olas was in the need of a restaurant like this!!Vivian

Blovesg4eva
Blovesg4eva

We were guests at a preview opening and EVREYTHING was wonderful!  Great atmosphere, excellent service, and delightful food.  It was a great dining experience.  We will surely be returning!

Alexis
Alexis

Finally something new on Las Olas!!!  This sounds fun!!

Frank
Frank

Give it 3 months

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