Monday, February 24, 2014
New Trinity Groves restaurant Souk already has a new executive chef
No word on where former Souk chef Najat Kaanache is headed next.
WEST DALLAS Restaurateur Yaser Khalaf didn't sleep last night, he told me. He's working on a new menu for his Moroccan restaurant Souk. He plans to have it finished this weekend or early next week.
But why a new menu? Because chef Najat Kaanache, formerly of PS in Dallas, has left the newish Trinity Groves restaurant, as has restaurant partner Charles Accivatti. Khalaf replaced Kaanache with his "long-time friend" Abraham Castillo, he says. Castillo was already part of the team tangentially as a chef for Deyafa Hospitality Group and Baboush in West Village.
Khalaf wouldn't say much specifically about why Kaanache left. "I can't comment a lot on the subject," he says. Kaanache and Accivatti did not return requests for comment. The news of Kaanache's departure was first reported by CultureMap.
The new menu, which is a collaboration between Khalaf and new executive chef Castillo, will have kabobs -- "of course," Khalaf says — plus shawarma and "a few more surprises," he hints. One of those new surprises is a rotisserie "street machine" that diners will be able to see from their seats, Khalaf says.
Dallas Morning News restaurant critic Leslie Brenner reviewed Souk in mid-February, when Kaanache was still chef, and gave it two stars.
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