Kuro: Fine dining on a Saturday afternoon

If you’re looking for a Saturday afternoon dining experience, you can’t do much better than Kuro at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood.

The new-style Japanese restaurant added Saturday lunch (noon-3 p.m.) earlier this year, which creates possibilities for people – or groups of people – to experience the playful, creative offerings while floor-to-ceiling windows provide a pleasant view of the pool and patrons. My take is that four or six people likely would enjoy swapping sips of the cocktails (which include grapefruit, lemongrass and even squid ink), bites of the appetizers (Wagyu tacos, beef Nagima) and main dishes, such as shrimp tempura, chicken or beef with rice, or noodle dishes.

While Council Oak Steak & Seafood is the casino’s Alpha steakhouse, Kuro, which opened March 2015 at a cost of $12 million, adds glitz and sparkle to the property. Executive Chef Alex Becker, selected by New Times as “Best Chef” in the “Best Of” section published in June, came onto the property months in advance (he had been working at Nobu and SBE’s Katsuya), and has established a venue worth visiting by South Florida foodies, whether or not they ever place a coin in a slot machine.

Saturday afternoons also give you a break on price because you’re not going to eat until you’re stuffed. The cocktails were $14, appetizers, salads and desserts $10-$15 and many main courses run under $20. (Average night-time checks are about $90 per person.) This is a different experience, although with the same attention to detail, from juices squeezed daily on the property to a caring, attentive staff of servers, well-trained on intricate details of each dish.

Go to OpenTable.com, call 954-327-7625 or email kuro@seminolehardrock.com for more information.