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What Is An Amuse If Not to Make You Smile?

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One of the most delightful things that may occur during dinner service might be the amuse-bouche, a relatively unknown feature of French culinary tradition that, once introduced, immediately became standard fare. Chefs at many fine restaurants offer guests an amuse-bouche, a bite-sized treat that excites the tongue and delights the eye, before the meal is served.  According to Jean-Georges Vongerichten, a popular New York celebrity chef with restaurants around the world, “The amuse-bouche is the best way for a great chef to express his or her big ideas in small bites”. Continue reading

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bbbop Seoul Kitchen R&D Opens in Oak Cliff Monday, December 14th


Fast-casual format restaurant, bbbop Seoul Kitchen R&D, will open in Oak Cliff on Monday, December 14th for lunch and dinner, after a few days allocated to private soft opening and mock services. Located at 828 W. Davis Street, this is the result of Steve Shin with Sandra and Greg Bussey’s elevated recipes for the bbbop Seoul Kitchen brand. Specific to the Oak Cliff location is the R&D name, menu, to-go window for the fried chicken, full bar with cocktails and rustic playful design. Guests will also enjoy what is intended to be a bustling patio, boche ball court and interior bar while also catering to local residents looking for affordable family-friendly neighborhood dining options.   Continue reading


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A Visit to Little Katana

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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.

You may have also heard the name Little Katana bandied about with regards to the new addition of restaurants at Dallas Omni downtown. Let us chat about this little sushi wonder for a bit:

Particularly enjoyable on the appetizer side of the menu 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

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bbbop Seoul Kitchen Opens on Lowest Greenville Monday, April 20th

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Steve Shin, with his sister and brother-in-law, chefs Sandy (a private chef for ten years) and Greg Bussey (most recently executive chef at The Joule Hotel and Victor Tangos), announce the Lowest Greenville Avenue location of bbbop Seoul Kitchen will open to the public on Monday, April 20th . Located at 2023 Greenville Avenue and Bell Street – this second location is the result of Shin and Bussey’s evolved concept with new, elevated recipes as well as design.

Bbbop, derived from the word bibimbap (a Korean dish literally meaning mixed up rice), is a fast-casual concept that offers Korean comfort foods and inspired dishes in a casual and comfortable setting. The inspiration for the new restaurant design was a Korean peasant kitchen. It is a modern rustic design with several different types of wood and textures, repurposed iron pipes, industrial lighting made of stone bowls and kimchii jars, metal, concrete and more. The wood tables were handcrafted by Martin Hironaga, a friend of the owners – no two tables are alike.    Continue reading

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