Apr 2, 2018
Loro, the casual Asian smokehouse restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chefs Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin, is set to open this week on Wednesday, April 4 on 2115 South Lamar Boulevard.
Eater photographer Robert J. Lerma previewed Loro’s sprawling space, which is meant to look and feel like a Texas dance hall. This leads to wood details everywhere, from Shaker-style peg racks, charred walls, and hardwood floors. The high, triangle-shaped ceilings are lined with skylights, and there are hanging terracotta pendant lamps.
One side of the dining room is dedicated to the bar, where people will order their food and drinks before they grab seats, from counter stools, booths, longer tables, and high-tops (the tables were made from salvaged wood). The menu will be written on the wall behind the bar with changeable white letters.
Out in the back is the patio built around giant live oak with a covered deck, gravel gardens, and picnic tables, rocking chairs, and more. Working on the design of the space were Michael Hsu Office of Architecture and interior designer Craig Stanghetta from Ste. Marie Design.
For lunch and dinner, the counter service menu is full of smoked meats and dishes with Asian influences. There’s Japanese with chicken karaage, Thai green curry sausages, grilled chicken done up Malaysian-style, and Cantonese-style char-siew pork shoulder. The dinner-only brisket is paired with a sweet chili sauce and Thai herbs. Scope out the full menu below.
Loro’s hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Source: Austin Eater
Like all J&R ovens, this large capacity pit is wood-fired. However, it comes equipped with an electric oven heating element as a standard feature. This feature reduces wood consumption and allows the chef to craft the flavor of the meat to his exact preference.
By using safe, clean electrical energy to assist the wood fire, this oven can produce authentic barbecue without the “gassy taste” associated with competitors’ gas-and-wood fired ovens. Up to 600 pounds per load of briskets, pork butts, tri-tips can be cooked at one time. Even cooking is also assured with the unique, high velocity convection air system. No rotation of the meat is required.
Fire starting is easy with the built in stack fan providing draft and the combustion air fan providing oxygen. However, live coals last over 72 hours in the refractory lined firebox so most customers start a fire from scratch only once. After that, they just scoop out some ashes daily and add fresh wood. The coals and the pit do the rest to ignite the newly added wood. Loading and unloading are easy with the large doors and slide out racks. After loading, just set the thermostat and relax. The air control system will precisely maintain your selected temperature while you sleep.
Safe, clean electrical energy reduces wood consumption if you choose, thereby eliminating the hazard, foul taste, and odor of gas with its sulfurous components (mercaptans).
The Smoke-Master is incredibly efficient due to the unique temperature control design and heavy insulation. It cooks up to 600 pounds of meat yet requires less than 17 square feet of floor space!
Just turn the evacuation switch and our damper and fan system goes into action to induce fresh air into the pit and exhaust the smoke out through the stack and not into your kitchen.
Set the cooking time and the initial cooking temperature. After the timer counts down, the pit temperature automatically resets to 145 degrees (holding temperature).
Removable racks and rack slides. The oven floor slopes to a large drain reservoir, which can be easily drained through a remote valve. Stainless steel interior.
Can be vented directly with six inch Class A stack or placed under a Type I exhaust hood. Follow all local codes.
|250||47.5"W X 51.25"D X 77.5"H||7-32" X 39"||208V/18.3A|
|600 LBS||161 SLABS||70 SLABS*||310 HALVES|
*2.5 and down