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Opened last October in the Harwood district, Elephant East is a new pan-Asian concept bringing authentic flavors of Southeast Asia to the Metroplex. Run by Executive Chef Tom Griffin, the restaurant is fast becoming one of the trendiest places in town.
“We knew that with the decor and style of service, we wanted to take a pan-Southeast Asian approach,” says Tom.
The 2,450-square-foot restaurant is open for drinks and dinner Wednesday through Sunday, with reservations filling up quickly every day. Customers who arrive right at opening at 4 p.m. can enjoy a happy hour of epic proportions, with Elephant East’s beverage menu including eight craft cocktails.
The Margarita Of The East is one of the most popular drinks, with its Exotico blanco tequila complemented by Cointreau, ginger-lime agave and candied ginger. Lychee Martini, on the other hand, is a lychee infused sake made with Roku gin, peach infused vodka, lime and luxardo cherries. Elephant East even has its own old school take, with its Asian Spiced Old Fashioned made with Harwood Maker’s Mark, EE bitters, and homemade spicy peach honey syrup.
Beer drinkers can expand their palate by trying one of four foreign beers on Elephant East’s menu, including Lucky Buddha, Sapporo, Tiger Beer, and Kirin Ichiban. The restaurant also features a variety of different sakes like Shirakabe Gura Mio and Duku Junmai, and wines such as Cloudfall Pinot Noir and Mohua Sauvignon Blanc, with all available by the glass or by the bottle.
When it comes to Elephant East’s food selections, there are plenty of options for customers to choose from. With five different sections on its dinner menu, the restaurant makes sure it can cater for all diners.
“We always want to arouse curiosity [with] our menus and get people to taste as many dishes as they can, ”says Tom.
The cold plates section of the menu offers light and delicious options like the steak salad, which includes Texas wagyu, pear, grapes, red cabbage, honey daikon, cilantro, and auburn dressing. tamarind. Meanwhile, the Seoul-style carpaccio is served with Texas wagyu, black garlic, tobiko aioli, chili chips, fried shallots, mint, dried egg yolk and crostini. bao.
But if you’d rather start the night off with a hot meal, Elephant East has it covered. Crispy, dried pork ribs are served with a char siu apple sauce, sesame, and scallions, while baos consist of pork belly, cucumber, pickled shallots, and char siu apples. And if you’re feeling indecisive, the Pu Pu platter has a bit of everything, including crispy pork ribs, spring rolls, chicken satay, fresh rolls, and bang bang shrimp.
As for the main dishes, cod with banana leaf, served with a yuzu marinade, carrots, green coconut curry, white rice and a papaya and herb salad, brings an explosion of flavors to each bite. Meat lovers will enjoy dipping into the Texas wagyu tri-tip, served with spicy long beans, daikon fries and house hoisin sauce on the side, or the Korean short rib, which features short ribs braised in the galbi, sticky rice, kimchi, sesame and half an apple.
It would be a mistake to go to Elephant East and not try their noodles and rice. You can customize the pad thai or the homemade fried rice by adding chicken, pork or shrimp. Drunken Noodles consist of a filet alongside flat noodles, peppers, red onions, snow peas, lime, drunk sauce and basil, while Singapore noodles are made with noodles. with eggs, Chinese sausage, Napa cabbage, snow peas and yellow curry.
And the Elephant East dessert menu is definitely a must see. Chinese donuts contain red sugar and five-spice English, while bubble waffle sundae molds bear-shaped Bindi chocolate ice cream with chocolate truffles, peanuts, caramelized milk, whipped cream, Pocky sticks and nuggets. Meanwhile, chefs regularly select and prepare different flavors of mochi.
“Inspiration really comes from family and friends,” says Tom. “This is the raison d’être of the restaurant. This is great service, to spark some curiosity with food and drink, and to always feel like it has to do with Texas.
With a menu full of delicious Southeast Asian inspired dishes, Elephant East will leave you begging for more and already planning your next visit.
“I want [guests] leave it full, ”says Tom. “I want them to come away excited to come back and try another set of dishes.”