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World fusion food at new Hollywood spot

World fusion food at new Hollywood spot


American English Kitchen + Bar

1900 Harrison St., Hollywood, 954-589-0200,

Chef Russ Simon has unveiled his first restaurant near Young Circle in the former Fascino's Italian Cuisine. This is after globetrotting for Wolfgang Puck's empire for 15 years.

"Singapore opened my eyes to a multitude of Asian cuisines, and how climate, culture and ingredients impact the dishes of a particular region," says Simon, who uses the Singaporean spelling of chilli with double "ll's" on his global menu. "I pay homage to Singapore with my soft-shell chilli crab ($34) or prawn ($29) based on the season."

Other highlights include potato beignets to dip in burnt onion aioli ($9), mini biscuits sandwiched with maple-mustard pork belly ($10), linguine carbonara ($12) and charred Korean octopus lettuce cups ($12). He perfected his latest dish for six months – sous-vided lamb shank al pastor with charred pineapple relish and tomatillo salsa ($32).

Buttermilk sorbet contrasts warm peach crumble ($9).

Cocktails feature the black cherry caipirinha and the North Beach with smoky whiskey, ginger beer and lemon (both $12).

Dinner is served nightly, except Sundays and Mondays, amid semicircular brown booths, torch sconces and open kitchen. The corner façade boasts wraparound sleek French doors with white gathered drapes. Sidewalk seating and weekend brunch are coming this fall.

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