Catch some Poke, man: Polynesian flavors at rooftop Watr

A trio of poke (tuna) offerings anchor the Watr menu (Handout)

The who: The eco-friendly and equally swanky 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach introduces a new dining destination on their rooftop lounge with Watr, a Polynesian-inspired spot. 

The space: A serene rooftop space that is outfitted with a glorious pool, white couches, teak furniture, greenery and views of the Atlantic from 18 stories high.

A panoramic view of the rooftop garden at Watr (Handout)

The dishes: Japanese-Hawaiian with a focus on traditional poke (Hawaiian raw fish salad, usually made from yellowfin tuna) dishes. Prices are posh with starters $9-$19 and mains $19-$36. An Omakase 10-course chef tasting is also available.

Crispy Rock Shrimp (Handout)

The menu comprises raw and cured fish dishes and Asian small plates such as pork belly banh mi buns, Seaweed Salad Trio with sesame ginger and lime and beef bulgogi lettuce wraps. Three types of poke dishes include a choice of quinoa or rice and come with sockeye salmon and cucumber, kimchi tuna and avocado, and the “Tako” that has octopus and smoked chili vinaigrette.

Happy Veg Roll (Handout)

Salmon teriyaki

Nine sushi rolls are offered, including California rolls with snow crab and Japanese cucumbers, a lobster roll with mango, wrapped in soy paper and a Happy Veg roll made with cashew cheese. Larger plates include a Jackman Ranch Wagyu skirt steak, glass noodle stir fry and kimchi fried rice. 

Seaweed Salad Trio (Handout)

Desserts keep the Asian feeling going with fried ice cream with green tea honey, ginger bread pudding, and mochi cake.

Gingerbread and compressed pineapple (Handout)

Bottom line: The only rooftop spot in South Beach to sup on sushi and pork belly buns.

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