On March 11th Nancy Nichols wrote that Vijay Sadhu was revamping the menu at Sutra to reflect more mainstream tastes. That prompted commenters to urge him to at least keep the creative stuff available as specials. Judging from tonight’s specials (see picture below) he is doing just that. I popped in for lunch and can recommend the fish curry on the lunch menu. The fish fillet in the center of the sauce has a sharp, crisp skin, reflecting the fact that it is added just before serving to prevent it from getting soggy. The whole thing is a glorious combination of contrasting textures and complex resolved flavors. There is no place else in town doing stuff like this.
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Here’s an email I received this afternoon. Let’s help this guy out:
Hi D folks. I see that people send you questions, so I thought I’d give it a try. I’m trying to hire this guy from another city. The company is flying him in for a final interview next week. I know he has other offers, so I want to sweeten the deal by showing him that Dallas has restaurants that will blow his mind. Problem is, we only get one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner with him before he flies out again. Where should we take him? It doesn’t need to be fancy. But it should make him say WOW! Even if it’s a taco joint. I want to show him what we do best. The office is pretty centrally located in town, so no neighborhood is off limits. Any ideas?
I love this question. Build your perfect eating day.17 Comments »
A while back, we told you about a certain cocktail contest going on at all of the Rathbun restaurants. Throughout April, bartenders at Abacus, Jasper’s, Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen, Zea WoodFire Grill, and Shinsei have been squaring off in a tequila-based cocktail contest. It’s finally time for the winners to compete for the grand prize. On Sunday, May 1, from 3 – 5:30 p.m, the shaken and the stirred will duke it out at Kent Rathbun’s Party Room at The Heights at Park Lane. Here’s a preview of the drinks and dishes:
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I was intrigued when Tei-An sent me an invitation to a Japanese whisky tasting. I had tasted Scotch, Canadian, and Irish whiskies and Bourbon. Each had its own separate character. Given the isolated development of Japanese food culture–although it now has taken the world by storm and, in the case of our area, it looks as though most of north Dallas has been zoned ‘sushi’–I expected something just as unique out of the country’s distillers. I was to be proven wrong!
Japanese whisky is a dead ringer for Scotch, and that is not a bad thing. It turns out that a young engineer Masataka_Taketsuru studied whisky making in Scotland and was hired by the founder of what became Suntory (the owner of the Yamazaki brand) to head up the founding of a distillery in Japan. He made his whiskies to be as much like Scotch as possible, which he regarded as the epitome of great whisky.1 Comment »
The local chef groupies’ tongues are wagging so vigorously today that we can feel the breeze up here on the 21st floor. I, like they, attended the industry preview of The Commissary last night. Facebook and blogger reviews are already slathering on praise. Imagine what they’ll say when it actually opens.
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I just got a note about the upcoming Star of the Bar competition being held in Chicago on May 22 where amateur and professional mixologists compete for who is the best of the bar. The group of 6 finalists were selected by an online vote and Sean Conner of Whiskey Cake, with The Cakes Watermelon Crush leads the pack. More information from the release below. Good luck Sean!!
After a nationwide search among the best amateur and professional mixologists, the online industry community has selected six semi-finalists for the second annual Star of the Bar competition. The signature cocktail creators are now heading to Chicago to show off their skills in live competition at the 2011 International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event (IWSB) on May 22.
The six Star of the Bar semi-finalists are:
· Sean Conner from Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar in Plano, TX with his The Cake’s Watermelon Crush Continue reading "Sean Conner and Whiskey Cake Nominated In Star of the Bar Competition"
So I show up at TJ’s at 4:00 last Thursday—the last day of validity of the $50 Groupon that I had scored for $25 and had been taped to my fridge for several months—and the place was an absolute mob scene. Naturally. This is my penance for waiting until the 11th hour. Point taken. Luckily, I’m hardwired to not mind waiting. In this case (as in most) patience paid off, and I emerged an hour later with a mother lode of scallops, shrimp, and salmon. I just told co-owner Jon Alexis, who was working the counter like an ace, to package me up a $65 medley of whatever was left in the case.
As he meted out my order, he told me that they had sold $150,000 worth of Groupons on their one-day offering. Great news for TJ’s, but not such good news for the 4-foot tall bubbie in front of me who had to stand in line for 40 minutes to pick up her passover gefilte fish, fish heads, and bones—and who didn’t seem to understand what all the hub-bub was about. But, to Jon’s credit, he was as adept at appeasing her as he was in telegraphing the fact that to the rest of us that everyone would have to wait their turn. No one skipped the line; no one got special treatment.
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The popular Northwest Dallas Thai hotspot, with the campy name and delicious stuffed chicken wings, is taking over the space formerly occupied by Hung Dinger, an Italian restaurant that featured drag queens. (No, that’s not a typo.) Chef Kyla Phomsavanh and crew hope to move Thai-rrific into the new space at 4000 Cedar Springs Rd. by June 3.
jump for the UPDATED menu list… Continue reading "Bunny Hop, Part Deux. Your Easter Brunch Awaits."
This lucky gal with a husband and two tickets to London writes:
My husband and I are going to England in May and would like suggestions on restaurants serving Italian, French, and Hong Kong-style Chinese. We will mostly be in London, but are also planning a trip to Bath.
I generally eat my way through Harrod’s. You must have a better plan.8 Comments »
Here is a photo essay of Chad, Randy, and Kamal’s first day in Beirut.5 Comments »