Despite all of its growth during the past decade, East Austin still has dining niches that need filling. One of those has long been a need for Chinese food. That problem will be remedied this weekend when Old Thousand opens at 1000 E. 11th St. Suite #150.
The restaurant, which will focus equally on take-out and dine-in service, is helmed by chef James Dumapit (former executive sous chef at Uchiko) and chef David Baek (formerly of Thai Kun and Uchi). The restaurant is the first from SMGB Hospitality Co., a newly formed group that includes industry veterans Benneth Cachila (Uchi), Larry Perdido (Moonshine), Tony Pollock and Christian Romero (Uchi).
Old Thousand, which takes a modern approach to traditional Chinese dishes, will be open for dinner nightly with a menu that includes jellyfish salad, honey prawns with pecans, mapo dofu, dan dan noodles with mushroom puree, brisket fried rice, and hot pot with pork belly and Chinese sausage. Old Thousand will also feature a full bar, with local beers on draft and an accessible wine list featuring mostly European labels.
As for that name? Mahjong players will recognize it as one of the wild card tiles in the game. It’s also a clever nod to the restaurant’s address. (oldthousandatx.com)