Tundra was a bad idea run by people who had no idea how to run a restaurant. I don't get the concept of this one; the owner calls himself a "visionary"; but what I do get is that the menu I received was completely different than the one they have displayed on their web site. Menus do get out of date, but when you're open 3 weeks you don't get any slack for raising the price of a wedge salad from $8 to $12.
I didn't even know they were open; on a whim I took a drive down Las Olas to possibly do Rocco's, but I noticed that they were open.
They've built a bar outside, and replaced the snooty furniture with ultra-casual wood
Sweet Nectar Patio
There was no hostess; I just sat at a table and a server brought me over a piece of paper that was the menu. It was just one page, and missing most of the items that seemed interesting on the menu I saw on their website. There was a $12 burger and a $12 iceberg wedge salad; is the salad really $4 more at lunch than dinner? Or is the menu on their site just a load of hooey? There wasn't much to choose from, so I ordered the Skirt Steak with Chimichurri, which comes with either fries or a side salad. I ordered it medium rare with a salad. The skirt was $16, which is $6 more than the menu they have listed on their web site. Could they be charging me $6 for the salad? This seems backward; lunch is supposed to be less expensive than dinner. Iced tea is served in a gimmicky jar.
Sweet Nectar Iced Tea
Music playing is pretty good with "Hey There Delilah" followed by Republic and Green Day. A women who was not my server brought out the food. There was a thimble of black liquid for the salad that looked like a balsamic vinaigrette (aka the cheapest dressing known to man); I asked if it was the only choice and she reluctantly agreed to bring me some blue cheese.
Sweet Nectar Skirt Steak Lunch
When she brought back the blue cheese, I noticed that there was no salt and pepper on the table. Another "vision", to use confectioners sugar shakers for salt in pepper. They're really too wide as you pretty much salt half your plate at a time, but I was careful not to salt the salad.
The steak was skinny and over done; Im not sure how you can cook a 1/8" steak to medium rare. I didn't like the "special" chimichurri; it was sweet. I think the red things were pimentos. Nothing like the garlicky Argentinean stuff. The blue cheese dressing was good but it was difficult to eat the salad. I don't really like eating off of a tray with no place like I'm in the Army or some soup kitchen. Soup Kitchens probably have plates.
An indication of lack of restaurant prowess is that the steak was served on a piece of paper; what a great idea. When you cut the steak, you tear the paper to shreds. I had to remove the paper in order to properly cut the steak. Some Olive oil could have helped to improve the chimichurri.
When I got the bill, I was thrilled but not surprised that the iced tea was $4.
So what we have here is another $20 lunch on Las Olas with smallish portions, mediocre food, no bread and no extras on the table that's worth about $12. Why am I not surprised?
Tundra Restaurant 1017 E Las Olas Blvd Fort Lauderdale FL, 33301 (09/20/2013)
Shakeup at Tundra (01/14/2013)