Neighborhoods seem to be growing by the day and this time it’s one of our favorite areas, the Harwood District! Their newest concept Elephant East, is the district’s first Asian restaurant and has already made a name for itself as the perfect spot for a night out!
Updated December 2021
The restaurant is located in Harwood’s La Rue Purdue, the European-inspired alleyway where Harwood Arms resides with an overflowing sidewalk patio joining both concepts. You can enter from either side of the alley but it’s worth walking through the red bamboo walkway with a 7-foot tall elephant installation off McKinnon to get the full experience!
The space is romantic yet lively with hand-carved wood walls, florals and plants galore, and intricate elephant details paying ode to the Southeast Asian culture.
Chef Thomas Griffin traveled all through Southeast Asia experiencing the cuisine, especially in Singapore where he has family roots. After his travels, he spent 5 years working with James Beard-nominated chef Philip Tang perfecting pan-asian style cooking including wok, noodle making, and dim sum and you can find all of these techniques on the menu!
Find a variety of pan-Asian fare from pork belly Baos steamed in house, Korean fried chicken (stunning presentation!), Singapore noodles, and Chinese donuts. The menu incorporates authentic ingredients from Asian purveyors including a Chinese lotus paste and limes native to Southeast Asia!
THE BAR & LOUNGE
For drinks, sip on cocktails with tropical Asian flavors like lychee, guava, and pear. You’ll find a classic Singapore Sling, Pear Mule (a fav), an Asian Spiced Old Fashioned, Lychee Martini, and a Spring Snow with lavender syrup and garnished with an orchid. They also have an impressive sake selection featuring a variety of local Texas brands.
RESERVATIONS & HOURS
Elephant East is open for dinner Wednesday - Sunday starting at 4pm. Reservations are available at the link in their bio and are highly encouraged as the space is intimate!