Richard Huang isn't waiting for the dust to settle at The Fountains shopping plaza in Plantation. He's already building a new reputation for his Japanese and Thai restaurant, Kiko. Born in Taiwan, Huang was the head chef at Kiko before he took over as owner three years ago. He keeps adding creative rolls and Thai accents, getting ideas from his wife, Rattana, who's from Bangkok. In one roll, for instance, tuna is marinated in a Thai basil sauce with vinegar and capers. The menu is so extensive you could easily drink a bottle or two of sake while you figure out your order.
Kiko offers sushi and sashimi in what seems like every conceivable combo -- the menu changes every few months -- plus hot dishes like traditional Thai soups, tempura, teriyaki, noodle dishes and curries. Most come with soup, salad and rice; some add sushi or sashimi.
Ambience: Kiko got a hip makeover when it moved a few doors down because of plaza renovations. Huang has added sleek sushi and saketini bars and a more spacious, contemporary design. Comfy booths that can seat up to eight hug walls decorated with delicate strands of seaweed sealed in acrylic 3-D panels. Earthy hues of deep orange, chocolate brown and field green add a soothing touch to the 150-seat dining room. Though the space is actually smaller, the new design allows for more tables and private parties.
Richard Huang, the owner of Kiko's Japanese restaurant in Plantation, presents the Smiling Mona, made of tempura, lobster, cucumber, crab, scallions, avacodo, and special house sauce. Photo by Lilly Echeverria