I stopped by Preston Hollow Village over the weekend, and the staff at Pakpao Thai was quietly, confidently inviting guests in for lunch. It's open.
The new Pakpao joins a bustling, new development near Central Expressway that includes a Trader Joe's grocery store, VertsKebap gyro shop and Blue Sushi.
The new Thai restaurant is the second Pakpao in Dallas behind the original in the Design District. A third Pakpao is expected to open in Plano before the end of the year, says owner Richard Ellman.
The company behind Pakpao also operates fine-dining restaurant Oak, in the Dallas Design District; and Mexican restaurant El Bolero, also in the Design District. Ellman and his team are in the process of opening two new restaurants: The Royale - Magnificent Burgers in Plano and a lounge called Quill in Dallas.
Dallas Morning News restaurant critic Leslie Brenner gave Pakpao three stars when it opened in the Design District in 2013. The restaurant group has gone through changes since then, however; chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin is no longer running the kitchen. Celebrity chef Jet Tila now leads the kitchen from afar. (He lives in California.)
Dishes at Pakpao include chicken coconut soup, short ribs with massaman curry, pad thai, and crispy tamarind duck.
According to a publicist, the restaurant will be in full swing on Friday, Sept. 4. Brunch begins Saturday, Sept. 5.
7859 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 150, Dallas. 214-484-8772. pakpaothai.com.