Chef John Tesar has had a busy summer vacation. While off on a project that is being treated like Harry Potter’s nemesis, something that which cannot be spoken, he has also sprinkled in a few wonderful underground dinners.
The term underground dinner has been bandied about so much that it has lost its charm, but whatever you wish to call these intimate dinners Tesar’s was a grand slam and reminiscent of Tesar from around the way. Working solo in the kitchen with a short staff of a somm who worked along-side another server, Tesar showed the sold out crowd that he was not out of practice since leaving his One Arts Plaza burger and wine bistro, The Commissary.
The crowd was giddy and wine-laden, eager to taste the forthcoming dishes as spelled out in a menu that was emailed out last minute so guests could wine pair for their party. Many craveDFW readers were present which made the night even more exciting.
Tesar promises that his new restaurant, Spoon, will be opening during the busiest opening month for the city of Dallas. This is when McCallister’s FT-33 is opening as well as Stephan Pyle’s Stampede 66.
Here are the dishes we enjoyed which were said to be Spoon inspired. I will admit to being personally spoiled as my dinner companions included Oak Cliff Cellar’s purveyor, Jim “JR” Richardson. No one left the building thirsty, to be sure.
Braised Octopus, Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit, Avocado, Purslane & Herb Salad
Squid Ink Spaghetti with Baby Clams, Black Garlic, Lemon Parsley & Uni
Crispy Pork Belly, Diver Scallop, Sweet Corn Velouté, Corn, Green Onion, Succotash & Pork Brood
Chef Tesar’s Carrot Cake