After what seemed like a lengthy wait (at least for me!) FT33, the Design District’s highly anticipated new restaurant, will open this weekend. Chef Matt McAllister of Stephan Pyles fame has prepared an exciting menu and the Dallas dining press is doing its part to increase the hype.
FT33 opens on October 13, but reservation lines have been open for a few days now so if you weren’t waiting by your phone it might be a few more weeks before you can get into the 33-table restaurant. Don’t worry though. That will give you a chance to explore the vast array of reviews are sure to come on Yelp, FourSquare and the foodie blogs from around town.
Leslie Brenner, the food critic for the Dallas Morning News, released a sneak peek of the menu on Monday. She also provided some guidance for those of us non-foodies that need help navigating a seasonal menu, which includes obscure ingredients such as ikura, Arcana yolk and maitake. (And no, I’m not making any of that up.)
McCallister calls the menu “season inspired modern cuisine,” so the menu will be changing often, but on first glance, I’m intrigued. The menu is divided into five sections. The appetizers offered include a dish of pork jowl, an item called partan bree, which the chef generously defines as “Scottish crab and rice soup” as well as several other items.
After that comes vegetables, fish and meat — a little more self-explanatory, thankfully. Vegetables include several delicious sounding dishes with ingredients such as potatoes, cauliflower, grapes, turnip, radish, carrot and leeks. We’ll have to order the dishes to see what they are because it seems McCallister prefers an air of mystery when it comes to his preparation techniques.
The fish and meat sections include octopus, scallop, ahi tombo, pork loin, lam breast and the required ribeye.
Last but not least, dessert. The menu includes a chocolate dish, a peanut butter dessert which includes curry and raisins (interesting) and caramel popcorn. Don’t let any of that fool you, I doubt you’ll get what you expect, but it will definitely be delicious.
FT33 is one of the city’s most anticipated restaurant openings of the fall and as I’ve said previously, in a neighborhood like the Design District which has seen a rapid influx of residents, the bar is destined to be a new hot-spot. The restaurant will be open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner only. If you don’t mind crowds and you love good food, I’ll see you there.