photos by Brad Murano
In one of the major culinary happenings of 2017, Dallas chef/owner Stephen Rogers and his wife Allison Yoder (of Gemma fame) will debut their second restaurant Sachet on Wednesday, September 20 at the Shops of Highland Park on Oak Lawn Avenue.
French for “a small bag of herbs and spices,” Sachet will be a fun, warm and inviting restaurant with a fresh, light menu that’s inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean coast, drawing from a broad array of countries such as Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, Tunisia, and Morocco.
Menu items will include lamb, seafood, poultry, house-made pastas, legumes and grains, salads, and more than 20 vegetable-based meze, or starters, sourced from the best seasonal ingredients possible.
“How do we make everyone happy? There’s something for everyone at Sachet,” says chef/owner Rogers, who will oversee the kitchen with executive sous chef Michael Lawson, who has worked with Rogers and Yoder at Gemma, their critically revered restaurant on Henderson Avenue.
“We’re going for something a little exotic but still approachable, and we’re inspired by the idea of using more vegetables,” he says. “We’ll also use a lot more olive oil, this won’t be butter and cream cooking; it will be more like what I do at home.”
At Sachet, dishes are meant to be shared, giving guests the ability to try a number of items at once, blurring the lines between traditional categories like appetizer and entrée. “It’s how we like to eat, where you order a bunch of things at once,” Rogers says.
Many will be grilled or cooked in a spectacular Mugnaini wood-fired oven, custom-made in Tuscany and built in Sonoma, exclusively for Sachet. The oven will be used day and night.
“We’ll use the residual heat from the coals to simmer our stocks overnight,” Rogers says. “In the morning, we’ll take the stocks out and use the heat trapped inside to start baking our bread for the day.”
Sachet is about having fun, about enjoying the energy in the room and sharing food and wine. There’ll be 110 seats inside, including the bar. Classic yet modern with a tremendous amount of light flowing through the space, the design boasts dramatic high ceilings and a muted pink and earthy color palette. A residential feel with an open kitchen and side terrace create an ambience that’s inviting and comfortable.
The centerpiece of the restaurant is a beautiful all-glass encased temperature-controlled wine cellar as well as a dramatic oval-shaped bar with 24 seats where the full dinner menu will be offered to walk-in guests.
Giving the same doting attention to its wine program as its big sister Gemma, Sachet will feature an all-Mediterranean wine list with a unique and significant selection of Greek, Italian, Turkish, Israeli, Lebanese and Spanish wines. The bar will offer more than 30 wines by the glass, with 18 wines on tap including 2 sherry wines.
Cocktails will incorporate the use of fresh, seasonal produce. A special section will be devoted to aperitifs as well as Spanish-style gin and tonics, amaro and vermouth.