Dining Review: J. Marks Restaurant
J. Marks Restaurant
1245 N. Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale Fl. 33304
One of the newest restaurants on the Fort Lauderdale dining circuit is J. Marks Restaurant. Just a few months ago, the restaurant opened its second location on Federal Highway, just north of Sunrise Boulevard. Despite the beauty of the restaurant’s interior, I prefer dining alfresco on J. Marks huge patio.
Our gracious server began the meal with two of J. Mark’s signature cocktails, a margarita and a mojito. The mojito was my favorite, served with Bacardi Silver, Malibu coconut rum, a sweet lime and mint syrup in a raw sugar-lined martini glass. Their enormous covered patio is a great asset to the establishment and is my favorite place to sit when I visit.
Although I have eaten there many times, tonight I had the opportunity to sample a few new dishes which were recently added to their eclectic menu, beginning with what turned out to be my favorite selection of the evening, the Ahi Tuna Sliders.
This unique item is made with sushi-grade ahi tuna, which is Cajun crusted, seared rare and placed on fresh mini buns topped with spicy remoulade, red onions, and crispy wontons. My guest and I thoroughly enjoyed this dish, and actually decided to come back later in the week for seconds. The sliders are served with wasabi and ginger soy for dipping.
Next up were J. Marks signature Prime Rib Sliders, thinly sliced slow-roasted prime rib on fresh mini buns accompanied by creamy horseradish and basil pesto, served with a cup of au jus. We were impressed at how tender and juicy the meat was and how well the horseradish complimented the dish, however, the prime rib was the star in this appetizer.
One of the restaurants most popular new items is their Bam Bam Rock Shrimp, lightly battered rock shrimp tossed in sweet & spicy Szechuan sauce served on a bed of fresh julienned red cabbage, topped with chopped peanuts, diced green onions, and red peppers. This Asian-inspired dish is a real delight. Initially, the sweetness overpowers the dish, but it is later supplemented by a hint of spice.
Our final starter was the Bruschetta, topped with balsamic-marinated Roma tomatoes, fresh basil and minced garlic with homemade pesto and finished with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. The balsamic dressing really brings out the freshness and flavor of the tomatoes.
I am never one to say no to a Filet Mignon and J. Marks, although not necessarily thought of as a steakhouse, prepared a very good filet. Grilled to a perfect medium rare, the hand-seasoned beef tenderloin was served with a loaded Idaho baked potato.
J. Marks also features a large selection of salads and pastas to accompany your meal, but other entrees that looked appealing included Caribbean Pork Tenderloin, moist pork medallions marinated in a Caribbean spice blend served with basmati rice & black beans, garnished with sweet plantains and fresh mango salsa as well Chicken Fierro, sautéed chicken breast topped with sliced prosciutto, smoked mozzarella cheese and served in a Dijon white wine cream sauce.
To end our wonderful meal, my guest decided to try the Key Lime Pie, which left him absolutely speechless. It was probably one of the best I’ve had. In a previous visit, I tried the carrot cake, which was delicious and large enough to feed a party of four.
J. Marks is a great place to enjoy lunch or dinner and will surely become a staple in the South Florida community. For location and dining information, visit Jmarksrestaurant.com.
Please join SFGN as we present our One Year Anniversary: Reader Appreciation Celebration hosted by J. Marks Restaurant and benefitting Tuesday’s Angels on Wednesday, January 19 from 6-8 p.m. To RSVP for this event, please call the newspaper office at 954-530-4970.