In one of the largest collisions of super hot foodie trends, Uptown Urban Market food hall has added a new offering to its lineup: the Hawaiian raw-fish dish known as poke.
Recognizing that the foodie gods have decreed 2017 as the Year of Poke, chef Tiffany Derry, who oversees the food hall's to-go operations, recruited a top sushi spot in Dallas, Yama Sushi, to contribute the dish.
Yama is the concept from Shigekazu Tateno, a 15-year veteran sushi chef, who has two branches: the original at 8989 Forest Ln., and a second branch in Plano at Preston Road and SH 121.
Uptown Urban Market is the stab at the food hall concept located on the ground level of the Gables Villa Rosa at 2650 Cedar Springs Rd., with 7,000 square feet dedicated to food stalls manned by high-end local independents such as La Duni Baking Studio, Buda Juice, and Fireside Pies. The hall opened in November.
It includes Derry's grab ‘n go market, called The Cupboard, which does soups, salads, sandwiches, and prepared meals. Menu items include Mediterranean salad, quinoa salad, tomato basil soup, turkey baguette, and roast beef wrap. Daily specials include smoked salmon cake and a clever dish called "beet tips" with mashed potato.
To complement The Cupboard, Derry partnered with Yama to incorporate sushi and poke options including ahi poke and Yama's signature "five treasure roll" with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, shrimp, and crab mix, wrapped in thinly sliced cucumber and served with ponzu sauce.
Derry says that she and her partner Tom Foley want to offer fresh, locally sourced food.
"When we started thinking about our first entry into the Dallas market, we recognized the opportunity to elevate the simple offerings, such as soups and salads," she says. "Its exciting to launch this concept and continually challenge our team to introduce new offerings to our Cupboard."
In addition to The Cupboard, Derry is developing a full-service restaurant as well as a concept for the Legacy Food Hall.