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Lure Fishbar South Beach Restaurant Review: In the Art Deco-era St. Moritz component of the Loews complex, Lure Fishbar copes graciously with the landmarked protection of its cocoon-like interior by imitating a luxury yacht’s stateroom. Still, we recommend trying to score one of the limited patio or terrace tables to best enjoy the house specialty, which, as at its Manhattan predecessor, is fresh seafood. On a menu divided between predominantly Asian-accented raw bar items (variously-dressed East Coast and West Coast cold water oysters, sushi and sashimi, maki rolls) and more globally ranging cooked dishes, is a hamachi-scallion hand roll; Japanese yellowtail, typically rich but sometimes a bit mushy, is here both buttery and clean. Some dishes do have sauces and accompaniments that overwhelm the seafood (delicate Nantucket bay scallops with bordelaise sauce and truffled cauliflower purée; red snapper lost in a sea of Thai red curry), but common sense will guide you to simple or subtle preparations that showcase the main component. Desserts are mostly fancified comfort food classics; the Pot of Gold delivers banana pudding, milk chocolate mousse and candied peanuts. But frankly, most just don’t match the main meal’s sophistication and lightness; we’d recommend ending with refreshing tropical fruit sorbets. The wine list reflects a balance of old-world and new-world selections, and unpretentious sommelier Marco Chapnick arranges often delightfully unusual pairings.