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Dallas chef Avner Samuel opens new restaurant in tricky location

Dallas chef Avner Samuel opens new restaurant in tricky location

Nosh Bistro
Seafood is on the menu at Nosh. Nosh Bistro

The words "Avner is back" have been typed many times, and now, like a scene out of the film Groundhog Day, they're being typed once again.

Chef Avner Samuel is re-opening Nosh Bistro, the last restaurant he had in Dallas, this time at 8611 Hillcrest Rd., at the northwest corner of Northwest Highway. According to a release, it will open in late summer 2019.

Samuel, who's been an on-and-off staple of Dallas' dining scene since the '80s, previously ran Nosh Euro Bistro at Turtle Creek Village, which he opened in the same spot that his fine-dining restaurant Aurora once resided.

Since he left, that location has not sat idle. It became Madrina, the acclaimed Mexican restaurant starring chef Julio Peraza, which closed in 2017; and is now home to Tulum, the upscale Mexican restaurant from Firebird Restaurant Group owner Mike Karns. How quickly time flies.

Samuel bailed in 2016, leaving behind a reputation for burning out staff and not paying his bills — claims that he says he prefers not to discuss. He decamped to Israel, then returned to Dallas in mid-2018 and worked briefly at Neiman Marcus in Plano. People can change, right?

The new Nosh will be open for lunch and dinner daily, with a bigger menu and rotating specials that incorporate global cuisine with Mediterranean, American, and Asian influences.

"Going back to Israel and immersing myself in the environment where I was first introduced to the art of cooking brought an edge back into the way I look at food and the guest experience I aim to create at Nosh Bistro," Samuel says in a statement. "Some of my most fond memories involve time spent in the kitchen and seated around the dinner table, and I hope to gift that to everyone that comes into the restaurant."

Menu highlights include:

  • Wagyu Kobe Burger
  • Seared Divers Scallops
  • Black Maine Lobster Ravioli

Nosh will also offer brunch on Sunday with what a release describes as distinctive twists on popular favorites, such as eggs benedict with beef tenderloin, crepes, and steak & eggs.

The restaurant will boast a 12-seat chef's table and bar with a special tasting menu, overlooking the display kitchen. A patio will offer an all-day menu Monday-Saturday.

Decor will be "midcentury modern," with a wine room for private dining.

The location is the mildly doomed space most recently occupied by Dish Preston Hollow, and before that a Mexican restaurant, Soleo. It's in an odd shopping center with a hair salon and Top Pot Doughnuts, but parking is limited, and access can be complicated.

That said, if Avner's following could be pinned down to a neighborhood, Hillcrest and Northwest Highway is probably it.