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Asador at the Renaissance Hotel Wants To Be Dallas’ New Destination Restaurant

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by Andrew Chalk

Asador, the farm-to-fire restaurant at the Dallas Renaissance Hotel (the lipstick building on I-35) is back. They are now declaring themselves a ‘destination restaurant’ and not JAHR (Just Another Hotel Restaurant) catering to captive hotel guests. They are welcoming patrons from the locality as much as does neighbor Sēr, just across the freeway at the Hilton Anatole, or The Mansion restaurant, two miles away on Turtle Creek. They even have a brand new ballroom that will prove popular for large events.

This is no empty declaration. Executive Chef Brad Phillips has spent his two years at the helm building up relationships with suppliers and a kitchen staff that shares his vision. The menu now changes with the seasons, as Asador showed at a recent media event I attended designed to celebrate the Fall harvest.   Continue reading

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Report: Asador Summer Harvest Dinner Series

asadorby Andrew Chalk

Remember Asador? It arrived on the scene as unexpected as rain in June when Marriott decided in 2011 that the Dallas Renaissance Hotel (aka the lipstick building) needed a destination restaurant. David Trubenbach was brought in from Florida to be execuchef and Chef Dean James Max became a consultant to a restaurant where the menu changed virtually daily to reflect weekly market changes. The liquid poison of choice was tequilla, of which a wall of over 60 was assembled.

Traffic picked up and lots of special dinners and events were held. Then it was announced that David Trubenbach was moving back to Florida to take a new position with Marriott and a new chef would be appointed. After that we heard… nothing. Asador went dark. Apparently the fire had gone out.   Continue reading

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