The former pied piper of Dallas's underground dinner scene is putting down roots tonight with the opening of Twenty-Seven in Deep Ellum. The restaurant's name references the number of seats in the restaurant and is also an ode to some of chef-owner David Anthony Temple's favorite musicians, the so-called "27 Club" — musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, and Amy Winehouse, all of whom famously passed away at the age of 27. "We're in the rock and roll neighborhood, bringing the fine dining food, hospitality, and service with a little bit of rock and roll flavor," says Temple.
Open only Thursday through Saturday for dinner, Twenty-Seven will offer two seatings each night; a 6 p.m. seating with three courses for $60 or an 8:30 seating with a six course tasting menu for $85 (drinks and gratuity are additional, and yes, there is indeed a liquor license). There are four different menus to choose from: field (vegetarian), land (wild game), sea (pescatarian), and "signature." The first three will rotate their offerings weekly, while Chef DAT says the signature menu will change with the seasons.
Diners will be asked to choose their menu at the time of making their reservation, at which point they can also divulge any food restrictions, allergies, or dietary preferences so that the menu can be customized. All meals will be bookended by an amuse bouche and petit fours.
Twenty-Seven opens for business tonight at 5:30; reservations can be made via the restaurant's website. Scope out the inaugural signature menu, below:
Kona Kampachi Poke
FRESH WASABI I YUZU I POP ROCKS
Classic French Turtle Soup
SHERRY I BRAISED TRINITY I LEMON OIL
Collection of Local Greens
BEETS I GOAT CHEESE I ALMONDS I QUINOA
Sequoia Smoked White Cod
ASPARAGUS I FENNEL POLLEN I CANDIED GRAPEFRUIT
Sous Vide Arkansas Venison
COFFEE I CAULIFLOWER I GRANOLA
Antique Waterloo Pain Perdu
HUCKLEBERRY I BLUE CHEESE I FOIE GRAS