Ice in the Spotlight at Tundra Restaurant

Ice in the Spotlight at Tundra Restaurant

Food & Drink

Ice in the Spotlight at Tundra Restaurant


Fine food and fancy ice sculpture share center stage at a new restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., called Tundra.

Freshly made every evening are culinary creations such as Kobe beef meatballs in a truffle Madeira sauce, ahi tuna, and fennel-dusted scallops. But what makes this eatery unique are the freshly created ice carvings inside the restaurant and out.

Seafood served up on plates made of ice, drinks kept chilled with frozen spheres, and chandeliers set in a cathedral ceiling to look like icicles…it’s all part of the icy cool ambience at Tundra.

Profiled in Restaurant Management magazine by Amanda Baltazar, Tundra is described as an “ice-infused restaurant by owner David Berman. “Ice adds art to a dining experience and is something absolutely unusual,” Berman says. “Nobody doesn’t like ice carvings.”

Other ice features include an infinity mirror that gives the illusion of looking into an ice cave, and an ice mountain partition that separates the dining room from the bar. The restaurant’s interior is designed to mimic natural tundra, and the eclectic modern cuisine is locally sourced as much as possible.

Both the food and the ice is created fresh every night, Baltazar reports. It’s set up at 6 p.m. and lasts until the restaurant closes. If you’re wondering if it’s cold inside Tundra, it’s not. The restaurant thermostat is kept at a comfy 74 degrees.

Many of the most popular dishes are featured on the Tundra Tour, Baltazar reports. The tour is a progressive meal featuring 16 plates served about four minutes apart for $59 per person. The tour is served nightly, every hour on the hour.

Berman has another upscale ice-focused restaurant in the works, Chill, which is scheduled to open in South Beach later this month.

Sounds like a very cool way to get out of the Florida heat for a couple hours or so.

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