Loro, the love child of Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole, opens its doors on April 4th. You can claim bragging rights at being the first to experience the highly anticipated menu at a preview party on March 29th benefiting No Kid Hungry, a national nonprofit dedicated to eradicating childhood hunger. Tickets are $100 and available online.
An Asian smokehouse and bar, Loro has seating indoors and out, under hundred year-old oak trees. Patrons will order food and drinks at the bar, and there is a separate To Go area. The ambience and architecture was inspired by historic dance halls of the Texas Hill Country. The goal is a homey yet elegant feel, with windows and skylights allowing for the play of sunlight indoors. Outdoors, the deck, garden and patios host relaxed seating options including rocking chairs.
The Loro menu was created by Chef Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin with Chef de Cuisine James Dumapit to offer a variety of dishes that balance Southeast Asian flavors with the rich texture of traditional Texas BBQ. The menu is divided into Snacks, Starters, Sandwiches, Rice Bowls, Plates and Sides. The entire menu is available throughout the day with the exception of the Smoked Beef Brisket, which is available only at dinner.
The menu features dishes like Candied Kettle Corn with burnt brisket ends topping, making it a sweet, salty, smoky treat; Char Siu Pork Shoulder marinated in soy hoisin oyster sauce and fermented bean curd then roasted and grilled for a glazed caramelized finish; and Smoked Beef Brisket, a dinner-only dish that is marinated in Nuoc Mam and Thai gastrique and finished with herbs and chili oil. The brisket is the “most literal combinations of our styles,” says Aaron Franklin.
“The complex flavors of Southeast Asian food, ranging from the acidity in citrus, to heat from a variety of spices, to all the clean fresh flavors of the herbs, create a balance that is the perfect counterpoint to the richness of smoked meat,” said Chef and Loro Partner Tyson Cole.
Austinites will, no doubt, be won over by the fusion from these two wildly successful restaurateurs. Join them at the preview party and nibble your way through deliciousness. Let’s hope the sake slushies will be available for sampling, along with wine and sake on tap, craft beers and cocktails.