Wednesday, December 18, 2013 , Updated 11:07 a.m., December 30, 2013
New fusion restaurant opened in West Dallas just before New Year’s
The chef calls Chino Chinatown "modern, rustic Asian-Latin street food.” Say that three times fast.
WEST DALLAS In March, when we first tasted what was to come in the West Dallas neighborhood of Trinity Groves, we had a hunch the hub at the base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge just might be the city’s next food-lover's destination. Fast-forward nine months and that prediction is becoming a reality, with five restaurant openings in the last four months and two more to come before the end of the year.
Among the forthcoming debuts is Chino Chinatown, a Latin American and Asian fusion enclave helmed by chef Uno Immanivong and restaurateur Adrain Verdin. The restaurant is slated to open December 30.
Chef Immanivong, who competed on ABC’s reality TV show The Taste under Anthony Bourdain, said the concept was inspired by 19th century Chinese immigrants who adapted their native cuisine to the ingredients available in their newfound homes in South America.
“There’s a lot of great Chinatowns in Latin America, the largest being in Peru,” Immanivong said. “This idea has been a round for a long time, but we’re adding our spin to it — we call it modern, rustic Asian-Latin street food.”
A glance at the menu reveals several Latin and Asian staples, such as elote (spiced grilled corn) and shrimp spring rolls. Modern takes on classic dishes include duck fat fried rice served with shrimp, Chinese sausage, barbecue pork and a sunny-side up egg. Another eye-catcher is the phozole, a hybrid pho and pozole soup with hominy and oxtail in a bone marrow broth. Many plates, like the Mexi-Coke short ribs with bok choy potato pancakes and Thai curry lobster shooters, are meant for sharing.
The cochinita pibil steam buns were a big hit at Savor Trinity Groves last spring.
Prices range from $4 bar snacks to $24 entrees. Immanivong promised daily specials using seasonal ingredients.
Jason Kosmas curated the cocktail list at Chino Chinatown, which includes the Tijuana Sling (Remy Martin V, marasca, lime and seltzer) and the Mezerac (rye, mescal, cola and cacao bitters). Chino Chinatown will have four draft cocktails as well as bottled libations. Drinks run about $8, and select recipes can be ordered by the pitcher for $32.
Julian Pagan, formerly of Cedars Social, will be one of the bartenders.
Trinity Groves is a 15-acre development in West Dallas deemed an “incubator” project. Restaurateur Phil Romano and other investors offer local entrepreneurs space to open an original concept in buildings throughout the district in exchange for a share of the company. This fall, Kitchen LTO, Souk, Casa Rubia, LUCK and Resto Gastro Bistro joined Babb Brother’s BBQ and Hofmann Hots in West Dallas.
Amber Jax Fish Market Grille is slated to open in Trinity Groves this
Friday, December 20 Saturday, December 21. Stay tuned for details about the restaurant later this week.
Chino Chinatown is located at 3011 Gulden Ave. in Dallas. It's open 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Chino Chinatown will be closed Sundays until brunch service begins in late January. The restaurant will serve dim sum brunch from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sundays.
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