Tasting Notes: Chinese New Year Edition

Posted on 29 Jan 2016 at 7:20am

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Wolfgang Puck made his name in the 1980s with his signature restaurant Chinois, so it’s no surprise that Chinese New Year is an important date at all of his restaurants still, including Five Sixty atop Reunion Tower. From Feb. 8–11, the restaurant will feature a Year of the Monkey-inspired tasting menu in place of its usual lineup. But the big night is Feb. 10, when Five Sixty’s still-pretty-new exec chef, Jacob Williamson, will feature five specialized live-action dining stations, where diners can enjoy oxtail wok-cooked noodles, whole suckling pig (pictured) on steamed buns, Chinese hot pot (a 24-hour broth filled with tiger shrimp and beech mushrooms), potstickers and Puck’s signature skipjack tuna tataki in sweet miso cones from sushi chef Hiroyuki “Fuji” Fujino. There will also be dragons, entertainment … and maybe even a monkey! The price is $95 (extra for wine pairings). Make reservations at WolfgangPuck.com or 214-571-5784.

Another local restaurant best known for its sushi will celebrate the new year as well. Uptown’s venerable Steel — which last summer tapped a new exec chef in T.J. Lengnick — will offer a special prix fixe menu for $55 on Feb. 5 and 6 (totally different dates that Five Sixty, so you could do both!). Appetizers include king crab dumplings and duck egg rolls, and entrees include whole steamed branzino in orange broth and roasted chicken in Cantonese eggplant stir-fry, plus desserts (mochi, coconut cream parfait, chocolate ganache cake). Reservations at SteelSushi.com.

— A.W.J.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 29, 2016.

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