Editor's note: TheaterJones has a new bi-weekly feature, Dinner and a Show, in which we will pair a performing arts event in North Texas with a nearby restaurant, so you can make a night of your arts going. The restaurant reviews are written by Kelly Kirkendoll, a longtime North Texas public relations guru and food blogger who has the Kitchen Gone Rogue blog, where she writes about the local dining scene and shares recipes and other tips. The "show" part of this feature will be written by a TheaterJones arts writer. Look for this column every other Thursday.
Paul Taylor Dance Company
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9
Presented by Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts
2351 Performance Drive, Richardson, Texas, 75082
For tickets, click here
Paul Taylor is a bona fide legend of American modern dance, and the company's biennial appearance at the Eisemann Center is its first since Taylor died in 2018. Dancer Michael Novak now runs the company, and you can read our interview with him here.
From the interview:
"Paul was not a man of many words. Usually if he liked what you were doing he wouldn’t say anything. So when he would give a compliment or say something was beautiful it usually meant that it was almost transcendent,” Novak says. "So when he said that he trusted me it was very touching and probably the most profound thing he could ever say to any of his artists and to me in particular. It has also given me a great deal of confidence to know that he believed in me and what I bring.”
On Saturday the company will perform four iconic works by Taylor: Aureole (1962), Three Epitaphs (1956), Piazzolla Caldera (1997) and Promethean Fire (2002).
Edoko Sushi & Robata, Richardson
Address: 1250 State St. in Richardson, Texas
Hours: Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Dinner: Sun-Thu 5-10 p.m.; Fri & Sat 5-11 p.m.
Parking: Parking on street or in garages (all free)
Distance from the show venue: about a 10 minute-drive to the Eisemann Center
For this Dinner and a Show feature, we paired a modern dance production with Edoko — a contemporary sushi restaurant located in the CityLine mixed use development area of Richardson. It’s just a short drive from the Eisemann Center.
The Richardson Edoko is the brand’s second location; the first was opened in 2011 in Frisco. Its interior has a modern, stylish, upscale flair, and the menu options range from sushi to sashimi to salads to robata (a Japanese custom of cooking food over charcoal). Along with more traditional Japanese sushi, you’ll find menu items that reflect French and western culinary influences. Drink selections include beer, wine, cocktails and sakes.
As we studied the menu, our server brought us bowls of hot miso soup that warmed us and took the edge off our hunger. We decided first on the Saba (Norwegian mackerel) sashimi. Our five pieces of sashimi arrived beautifully-presented atop thinly sliced daikon and ice chips, garnished with a sprig of rosemary, scallions and an edible flower. The mackerel wasn't as sweet as most I've had, but it wasn't too salty or "fishy" either. It had a meaty texture, with nothing hiding its delicious, delicate taste. The Saba was one of our two favorites, and we'd definitely order it again.
Next, we ordered the Ocean Beauty roll. Accurately named, it’s made with salmon, spicy crab, panko shrimp, ginger sauce, bell pepper, jalapeño, cilantro and onion and served with a sauce that I would have licked off the plate if I could have. Yes, it’s that good, with a slightly sweet taste, a hint of sour and just the right amount of spicy heat. The Ocean Beauty roll was, hands-down, our favorite among the menu items we tried.
For our third item, we ordered the French Kiss Maki, a sushi roll prepared without rice. This roll is made with spicy tuna, spicy crab and Cajun seared tuna wrapped in soy paper, with a spicy ponzu sauce. It wasn't as eye-appealing as our other rolls, which we expected. Unfortunately, however, it was too salty for us, so a few bites were enough.
Finally, we ordered the gorgeous and colorful French Rainbow Roll. It's made with spicy crab, asparagus, cucumber, tuna, salmon, yellowtail, shrimp, white tuna and French ginger sauce, then topped with multi-colored flying fish roe. Aside from the sauce, it was more Americanized than any of the others, and the vegetables added a refreshing punch and crunch. We also enjoyed the variety of the different types of fish on top of the rolls.
One thing that sets Edoko apart from other sushi restaurants is its robata menu options, which are only available for dinner. Robata is a Japanese custom of slow-grilling meat and vegetables on a flat grill. We weren’t able to sample any robata because we stopped in during lunch hours. However, we're intrigued and will definitely return for it. When we do, of course, we'll also get our favorite Ocean Beauty roll again!
» View more pictures from Edoko by clicking the slideshow icon in the floating menu at the lower left of your screen
» You can also read Kelly's review of Edoko on her blog, Kitchen Gone Rogue, which has additional photos.