I had a chance recently to get a look at Knife & Spoon, which will open in October at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes.
The restaurant is headed by Dallas chef and restaurateur John Tesar and takes over the space previously occupied by Norman’s. Knife & Spoon will feature steaks and seafood, both referenced in the name, with Knife representing the meat, obviously, and Spoon a type of fishing lure, as seen in the logo.
But steak is definitely going to be a focus here. Tesar and his chef de cuisine, Gerald Sombright, told a small group of socially-distanced and masked media members about the extensive dry aging process that will be will be incorporated. Diners will be able to choose from steaks that have been aged 45, 60, 90, 120, 150 or 240 days. The longer the meat ages, the more tender it becomes, with a penicillin-like substance forming on the crust. And you don’t have to order in advance – they’ll have steaks of all ages on hand all the time. In fact, the meat locker is already being stocked in advance of the opening.
By the way, the seafood on the menu will not – I repeat NOT – undergo a similar aging process.
Also interesting, the steaks will be cooked in a pan instead of on a grill. Tesar believes that locks in more of the flavor.
All of the beef will be sourced from 44 Farms, which is just one place, in Texas, that specializes in cattle fed with very little corn.
Construction on the space is still ongoing, mostly in the bar and lounge area, but the main dining room, which features a lava-dome ceiling (technically it’s called a white cloud) and a curious moss-covered sculptured mound in the center of the room, is largely finished.
The interior is by Schoos Design and will have 235 seats when it’s allowed to have full capacity.
We were given nibbles of some of the steak, but I’ll reserve my comments until the restaurant opens. But let’s just say I’m really looking forward to it.