by Steven Doyle
Nestled on the corner Travis and Knox, Little Katana quietly serves up sushi and Korean dishes to neighborhood patrons who pack the house all through the week. Monday is the perfect day to acquaint yourself with this little gem as it is half price sushi rolls and bottles of wine and sake. For the uninitiated, you may wish to start your dinner with the sampler platter which includes Crab Tempura, Seared Ahi Tuna, Shrimp and Lump Crab Cake and Coconut Shrimp Tempura served with an Asian Slaw.
Particularly enjoyable on the appetizer side of the men are several hot rocks where the guest becomes the cook, sizzling bits of Kobe steak or thin slices of Maine lobster. Both are served with a spread of delicious sauces. Other apps you may wish to check out are the Shumai which are steamed and packed with flavor. Often you will find these dumplings rubbery, but Katana’s version are soft and supple. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Henry’s Majestic has a funny, quirky name, but starting tomorrow guests will enjoy some serious eats and drinks from this new restaurant that will be cheffed and managed by Roe DiLeo. This New Jersey native created a name for herself locally as the chef at The Libertine Bar and was most recently at Boulevardier in Bishop Arts, and also is currently appearing as a contestant on TV’s Hell’s Kitchen.
The rustic interior gives off a relaxing feel, much like it has in its past incarnations at 4900 McKinney Avenue. But this is a fresh start for the building with some pretty amazing talent that has been assembled to operate the restaurant including Alex Fletcher who is managing the bar program. Fletcher is a recognizable name on the Dallas craft cocktail scene and his work at Victor Tango’s earned him the reputation as one of the best bartenders in Dallas. Fletcher also crafted his skills at The People’s Last Stand.
Just sample his Headless Manhattan made up of pumpkin infused whiskey, amaro, bitters and pumpkin seed. You will be convinced. Fletcher also offers a very well rounded brew selection.
Hundreds of party guests celebrated the grand opening on 3700M’s resort-inspired rooftop pool terrace, with unobstructed views of the downtown Dallas skyline. Models rotated between platforms, previewing fashions from West Village clothing retailers Rye 51, Banana Republic, Epic Apparel, Q Clothier, LF and Abi Ferrin. Mixologists from Parliament created artisanal cocktails, while Houndstooth Coffee played barista. Gourmet eats were provided by Baboush and Sushi Zushi, and DJ Sober played music throughout the evening, completed by a surprise fireworks finale. Private tours of 3700M apartments and amenities were available for all guests.
“West Village is in the heart of Uptown, one of the most popular areas of Dallas,” said Neal Sleeper, president of Cityplace Company. “We’ve seen a high interest in the retail space developing on the ground floor of 3700M, and we expect to fill up retail by late spring 2015.” Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Last month Uptown’s Ketchup Burger Bar took on a new patina replete with a name and menu revamp. The popular burger haunt located at 3208 N Hall, just off McKinney Avenue, now has a sleek sexy atmosphere along with a fun bar menu made up of burgers and wings, along with the new name The Sir. The restaurant is still owned by Yaser Khalaf (Souk, Baboush), and is now joined in partnership with brothers Niko and J.D. Ybañez and their friend Ben Scott, a recent contestant on television’s “Bachelor in Paradise”.
The consulting chef is Souk’s Norman Grimm who was looking for a great product at a very affordable price point. The burgers range from a simple cheeseburger, loaded with some pretty terrific bread and butter pickles, to a more outrageous PB&J version with peanut butter and jelly along with bacon and jalapenos. Sounds a bit out there, but excellent in its execution. There is also a loaded burger with a fried egg, and seriously eggs are the perfect burger condiment, apple smoked bacon and fried onion rings. Continue reading
by Mike Marrero
This week’s date night is on a Thursday, and starts off at Max’s Wine Dive to participate in Battle of the Grapes. Max’s Wine Dive excels in serving gourmet comfort food paired with your choice of spectacular wines and champagnes from around the world. If you’re craving “Chicken and Champagne” then you need to visit Max’s.
Executive Chef Patrick Russell prepares unique edibles using fresh, seasonal ingredients. The spread is comprised of two sections: on one side you have traditional Wine Dive Classics, with the other side being creative and seasonal specialties. This gourmet comfort food entices customers with unique flavor pairings that seduce the palate. Continue reading
Dallas diners and drinkers will soon have a new oasis on McKinney Avenue. Set to open in October, Henry’s Majestic will quench your thirst and satiate your appetite in a comfortable setting where great ideas will be forged, enemies will become friends, bonds will be strengthened and memories will be made. Guests will experience an elevated yet approachable menu of small and large plate offerings featuring charcuterie from Meat Parlour. Two large bars will provide patrons with a comfortable place to enjoy an array of elixirs, an eclectic wine list or beers from near and far served from 24 taps in an approachable environment. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photos by Steve Bither
So&So’s, which just opened recently (find our first look article here) will launch Sunday brunch service this weekend, and not a moment too soon. We have been anxiously awaiting chef Nick Amoriello’s brunch menu since he mentioned he had a special blueberry pancake ready for us. Thank you, chef.
The brunch menu offers items like the Mother Child Reunion, is chicken fried chicken, poached eggs, strongbow bacon gravy and honey butter grits. Those promised Blueberry Pancakes include 3 flapjacks, fresh blueberries, lemon cured and Fernet maple syrup. Continue reading