Monday, December 30, 2013
Thai restaurant Pakpao poised to become a “national brand”
Chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin was asked to leave.
DESIGN DISTRICT Just a few days before the New Year, the owners of Pakpao have announced a change for their Thai restaurant, named one of Leslie Brenner's best new restaurants in 2013. Chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin is out, and a new chef has not yet been named.
Co-owner Tiffanee Ellman confirmed the news.
The new direction for Brenner's three-star Pakpao includes a "growth plan," according to a spokeswoman. A press release says the owners of Pakpao have ambitions to make it a national brand, but the spokeswoman wouldn't explain more.
Pakpao is owned by Oak co-owners Richard and Tiffanee Ellman in a casual, stylish space in the Design District.
Brenner had this to say about Pakpao in her list of outstanding debuts of 2013:
"Dallas suffers from a lack of worthwhile Thai restaurants, and Pakpao, the Dallas Design District spot the owners of Oak and Belly and Trumpet opened in June, fills that void with panache -- and wonderful, Thai-accented cocktails. While chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin's offerings are sometimes uninspired, a few of his creations have impressed enough to earn the restaurant a spot on this list. His bamboo-shoot salad (soop nor mai) is a winner, as is his crispy-skinned duck in tamarind sauce with baby bok choy. Best of all is his steamed shrimp with Chinese celery and shiitake mushrooms, served over mung-bean noodles in a savory broth -- it's a knockout."
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