Nicknamed the “Venice of America”, Fort Lauderdale is a South Florida gem with 300 miles of canals that weave through the city. To enjoy a picture-perfect day in this laidback and upscale oasis, Casa Sensei – voted best Asian restaurant by Fort Lauderdale Magazine – has partnered with Riverfront Gondola Tours to blend relaxing outdoor fun with mouthwatering cuisine. Here, guests can reserve a private dinner cruise on one of the three eco-friendly and electric-powered boats that seat up to six people.
The 90-minute gondola ride offers views of stunning waterfront homes, tropical foliage and South Florida wildlife, including manatees, peacocks, iguanas, exotic birds and other animals in their natural habitat. Groups can sit back, take in the scenery and order dinner to enjoy onboard from Casa Sensei.
Before sailing off, guests can order from their extensive menu including traditional Pad Thai, Lo Mein, kimchi fried rice, shrimp, crab and pork dumplings, Korean street tacos, bulgogi and assorted sushi rolls. Specialty dishes include flavorful lobster guacamole, Chinese sticky ribs, the Wagyu Turf Roll featuring Wagyu beef, arugula, red onion and asparagus in a chimichurri sauce and an Oolong tea marinated seabass.
Whether going on a morning or afternoon tour, guests can wind down afterwards with a drink at Casa Sensei’s sprawling 33-square-foot bar, one of the longest on Las Olas, boasting an eclectic cocktail menu with a rare selection of sakes and Japanese whiskies such as Kavalan Bourbon Cask and Hibiki Suntory Whisky, in addition to specialty cocktails like the Dragon Margarita and Bangkok Basil.