Food without fuss. That's the focus at On Premise, a new restaurant and bar located next-door to Trees and across the street from Club Dada in Deep Ellum.
Its chefs have plenty of experience with "fuss" as fixtures in fine-dining kitchens all over Dallas. Chef Brian Zenner (formerly of Oak, Belly & Trumpet, the Mansion on Turtle Creek) is the corporate chef; Ann Marie Romero (Pakpao, Oak, the Mansion) is the executive chef.
At On Premise, there'll be no steak 'n potatoes. Zenner says the menu is global, with inspiration from Spanish, Portuguese, Mexican, Moroccan, Peruvian, Greek, Thai and Korean cuisine.
Plates mostly fall in the $5 to $12 range and are "simple, shareable snacks," Zenner explains. Beef satay, chicken wings and lamb souvlaki made the menu.
The space on Elm Street doesn't much look like the Lemongrass Asian Bistro it once was. Crews have converted it into an "elegant steampunk" design with lots of metal and a bank of sea-foam green booths. There's a booth for DJ nights on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, but there's no dance floor: Owners hope the late-night scene makes for more of a lounge than a dance club.
On Premise will stay open until 2 am. seven days a week.
The bar will serve a small cocktail menu, wine and beer. There's no domestic beer like Bud Light, Miller Lite or PBR. Instead, you'll find Singha, Chang and the like. Those jonesing for a low-end beer will have the option of Mickey's Fine Malt Liquor.
2711 Elm St., Dallas. Open noon to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; 4 pm. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday.