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
Tradition, whether it happens to be hardwood smoked barbeque or Brazilian Churrasco grilling, is a part of the rich history of food preparation. One of the oldest and most popular traditions is Japanese Robata Grilling. This cooking style has been perfected over centuries and J&R has created a new chef-friendly grill to bring this venerable cooking style to the modern commercial kitchen.
Robatayaki refers to restaurants in which seafood and vegetables are cooked over an open charcoal grill. In the days of the Samurai, an open fireplace, or “robata,” was found in the middle of a Japanese house. This was the center of activity for cooking, eating, socializing, and (in the winter) simply keeping warm.
In today's robatayaki restaurants, grilling is done over high quality charcoal on the Robata Grill. One variety of charcoal is made from holm oak, a very hard wood used in kilns in the southern Kishu area of Japan. This charcoal, called Kishu binchotan, is prized for its measured heat and long, slow burn during which it emits far-infrared rays, infusing broiled foods with unmatched flavor. Although our Robata certainly works well with this traditional fuel, we have built it with adjustable grill heights to respond to oak charcoal or the wild heat trapped in the high quality mesquite charcoal of the American Southwest.
Three totally separate grilling zones give the chef enormous flexibility. Three built-in saucepans. Fuel loading is easy with the front fuel-loading door for the large zone and easily removable grill grates in the smaller zones.
Each grilling zone offers three easily adjustable grilling heights.
Our unique Chef Cool design keeps the heat inside the grill resulting in a cooler kitchen and a grateful chef.
The firebox surfaces are smooth and an ash drop in the firebox floor of each zone facilitates ash transfer to the removable ash drawers. Heavy-duty casters allow easy mobility for cleaning.
The chef can regulate the combustion air to the large zone to help control the burn rate.
These units are built like tanks to take the day-to-day abuse in busy kitchens.
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