777 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL 33602
Cost range: 10.01-20.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
More in this neighborhood: Downtown Tampa
A small posse of seasoned restaurant pros jumped on the gorgeous space at the bottom of SkyPoint, unveiling Anise Global Gastrobar early in 2013. Its focus is Korean-ish, with a southeast Asian palette of flavors that's fairly hard to pin down. With many of the share-friendly plates under $10, from crispy red curry coconut wings with a cucumber mint yogurt dipping sauce to pork belly buns with kimchee, the menu is largely in support of the short-but-smart list of house cocktails overseen by mastermind mixologist Ro Patel (Ciro's). In the space that was previously the dark-as-crypt Point, designer Jaime Rogers has lightened and reinvigorated the gorgeous room with a wall of photos and Asian decorative prints providing dramatic statements. Live deejays on weekend nights lend Anise a nightclub feel.
Hours: 4 to midnight. Monday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. brunch, then 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. brunch, then 4 p.m. to midnight on Sunday.
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