by Joey Stewart photos by Joey Stewart
A month ago we reported that Up On Knox has a new chef, Texas native Chef Wes Whitsell. Wes spent the last fifteen years in fine establishments in New York and LA, but restaurateur Stephan Courseau lured him back to his home state where he instituted a new menu and vision for the bustling hot spot.
Last night we had the opportunity to dine there, and the new dishes are exciting and full of fresh ideas. The menu still offers plenty of seafood, along with salads, pork, and beef, but Chef Wes now sources a large percentage of it from Texas suppliers. Continue reading
Up On Knox, has added a fresh new face. Dallas-based restaurateur Stephan Courseau has welcomed Chef Wes Whitsell to enhance the importance of sustainability in the kitchen.
With over fifteen years of restaurant experience, Whitsell, a North Texas native began his cooking career in Los Angeles at Osteria La Buca, Blair’s and Gjelina prior to heading the kitchen at Soho House New York. He collaborated on his first concept opening Manuela before making the decision to return home to Dallas where he was then introduced to Courseau. And, that was that. Continue reading
Chef Junior Borges
by Steven Doyle
Chef Nilton Junior Borges left the restaurant group that owns both Bilboquet ad Up on Knox, and a soon-to-open concept adjacent the French Bilboquet.
The chef, who is classically French trained was born in Rio and came to Dallas via restaurants in New York City, lured by opening Uchi. He soon made his way to the Joule Hotel where he ran all the culinary programs, but more recently signed on to the Up On Knox group where he was to open his own mystery restaurant. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
This week is all about the burger, and Dallas certainly has no shortage of the delicacy. What makes a perfect burger is the flavor of the beef, and freshness of the bun, and toppings. A burger should develop a nice sear to trap all the juices inside. Pressing a burger releases all of its flavor and makes the burger dry and ends up crumbling. The toppings are just as important as the cooking process. Using fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and onions help bring a crisp texture and flavor depth that makes your burger scream fresh. To add more depth a spread or sauce needs to compliment the other toppings without making the burger too messy or all you have is a excessive use of napkins. Innovative burger toppings just makes the flavor depth more interesting you just need to keep them in check because there is such a thing as “too much of a good thing.” Continue reading
On the heels of French restaurateur Stephan Courseau (Le Bilboquet, Up On Knox) announcing that he has partnered with Junior Borges to open a third Knox-Henderson eatery, diners may have noticed a few menu changes at Up On Knox, his American Brasserie located just steps from the Highland Park entrance to the Katy Trail.
Thanks to Borges, Courseau was able to hire Executive Chef Matthew Wilbur, a classically trained chef with 15 years experience in the industry. Wilbur has honed his skills in some of the best kitchens in the country, including Bouchon at The Venetian in Las Vegas; Alex at Wynn Las Vegas; Citronelle at Carmel Valley Ranch; The Lion in New York, and many more. With several Michelin starred kitchens under his belt and time spent working under chefs Thomas Keller, Alex Stratta and Michel Richard, Wilbur eventually made his way to Dallas where he cut his teeth at The Joule Hotel with Borges as the Executive Chef of Banquets and Catering for almost two years. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
The glorious seafood tower is a dish of raw and cooked shellfish served cold on a platter, usually on a bed of ice. The serving platter is generally held above table level with a stand and sometimes can contain multiple, elaborate tiers. This is both for visual effect, and because the shellfish are often served in the shell, or on the half shell, which causes them to take up a large area while containing only a bite or two of meat.
We found some very nice versions in Dallas. Although they are not particularly inexpensive, as would be expected when you start adding King Crab and elusive oysters, but typically you may order several levels to feed a varying amount of people you are dining with. However, one might make an entire meal of such platter along with a special bottle of wine.
Enjoy this bit of extravagance which is appropriate for any occasion. See our list, in no particular order. Prices listed, otherwise the tower is market-priced. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Kissing cousins to Le Bilboquet located within walking distance, Up on Knox is a more refined version of the French brasserie. The decor scream brasserie with elegant touches deserving the neighborhood and also befitting the menu and theme. Although the menu is not decidedly French, look for beautiful technique on this chic menu.
The restaurant is open all day starting with a breakfast menu that includes a variety of pastries such as croissant, sticky buns and toasts. Along with pastries look for a few egg dishes, you will want to tastes the Gruyere omelet with fresh herbs and mixed greens. It may ruin you for other omelets. Continue reading