First Look: Neon Kitten Opens in Deep Ellum

Text and Photos by Joey Stewart

Neon Kitchen, a lounge serving small bites, cocktails on tap and craft cocktails has opened in the old Beauty Bar space in Deep Ellum. The menu features rich and hearty small bites of dim sum, sushi and izakaya.

Crispy Beef Puffs

Dallasites now have a place that is south of 635 to eat late-night dim sum, staying open till midnight on weekdays and 1am on weekends.

Pumpkin Puffs – Duck, Pumpkin, Black Fungus, Water Chestnuts, King Mushroom

Cocktails on tap and craft cocktails run from $12-$20 and are made with a variety of Japanese spirits.

Tokyo – Green Chartreuse, Shochu, Luxardo, Wasabi, Edible Flower

Osaka – Umeshu, Cherry Blossom, Roku Gin, Sage, Salted Pomelo

Neon Kitten’s interior is eclectic, retro-cool. Expansive floral murals in flamboyant shades of pink and blue painted by local artist Isaak Davies dominate the walls and set the tone for the menu’s array of colorful sips and bites. Light fixtures – some festooned with cherry blossoms and others with baby pink fringe – accompany Chinese-themed tables, richly hued lounge chairs, and brass accent pieces.

The food menus range from $6 to $12 with dim sum classics like prawn and pork siu mai, shrimp har gau and mushroom dumplings. Sushi will begin rolling out in the next week to two weeks.

Shrimp Har Gau – Steamed shrimp dumplings

Curry Chicken Puffs – Shrimp, Chicken, Water Chestnuts, Trio of Mushrooms, Daikon

Outdoor patio that looks out on a lively section of Elm Street

Shortly after the opening, Neon Kitten will open Blackbird Society, a reservation-only speakeasy located in the back of Neon Kitten. Blackbird will have specialty cocktails on flight and unique cocktails made with Japanese spirits.

Neon Kitten 2805 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226 | 972.807.2308

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