Wits Steakhouse opens in Dallas

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Wits Steakhouse, which officially opened last month, is a modern steakhouse showcasing steakhouse classics and incorporating creative takes on traditional steakhouse fare alongside South African-inspired dishes, is now open in the former Design District Oak Restaurant at 1628 Oak Lawn Ave. #110, Dallas, TX 75207.

Wits – offering best-in-class steaks and unique dishes served in a spectacularly designed and sophisticated space, offers a dynamic dining experience for Dallas.

The menu is a creative journey with dishes ranging from lobster dumplings, biltong, o-toro nigiri with red fish and caviar to South African free range chicken braai, peri peri prawns, miso cod, to premium steaks, tomahawks and more.

Open only for dinner, the restaurant was created by owner Richard Ellman, founder of Apheleia Restaurant Group (PakPao, El Bolero and Hawthorn).

Ellman, who was born on the southern coast of Africa, says: “When I was looking for inspiration for the new concept to replace Oak, I went back to my family roots. My parents were also born and raised in South Africa, so the story is deep in my past. Wits is the nickname for the University of the Witwatersrand, where his mother went to college, an area that has a long history of being home to the greatest gold mines that once provided the vast majority of the world gold.

Set in a sleek, contemporary space with nods to South Africa and an abundance of gold accents, Wits measures 4,000 square feet with seating for 80+ plus additional private space for 40 people. , a semi-private chef’s table and a large patio.

Ellman says, “We hope to exceed expectations with our steaks and seafood by giving customers a different experience than they might expect. Because we’re not the typical Texas steakhouse, we’re taking a chance and embracing what sets us apart.

Guests will enjoy entrees such as Biltong – South African “jerk”; Filet mignon carpaccio – shallots, parsley; Bone marrow jam and bacon – maple syrup, brown sugar, lemon; Rockefeller oyster – malpeque, spinach, garlic, lemon; and Wagyu meatballs – roasted onion, garlic, fresh herbs, lemon, parmesan.

Main courses include Prime NY Strip and Tomahawk steaks with house special sauces; Peri Peri Shrimp – roasted peppers, garlic and red onion; New Zealand rack of lamb – wild rice, lemon, red wine; South African Braai – grilled chicken, roasted peppers, Jerusalem artichokes; Black Truffle Burger – caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, pepper jack, truffle aioli, shaved truffle; and Lobster Dumpling – lobster claw, mascarpone, lemon, chives; Black Cod – miso – and Fried chicken with duck fat – crispy fried chicken, arugula, lime, paprika.

A thoughtful Sushi menu featuring sashimi, nigiri and inspired rolls is also available.

The cocktail menu has been carefully crafted and gives a playful nod to Ellman’s roots with cocktails such as the Gold Digger – JCB Truffle Vodka, Mathilde Poir Gold Caviar, Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Champagne and the Mine Cart ( for 4 to 6 people) – Herradura Legend Anejo Tequila, Grand Marnier Cuvée 1880, Eau d’Or Naturelle Aur’a, Yuzu Lemon and Manuka Honey. Other notable cocktails include Blue Skies Ahead – clase azul silver tequila silver, blueberry-lavender shrub, maraschino liqueur, lime, agave, champagne nicolas feuillatte; Flaming Pinalada – artisanal plantation rum infused with pineapple, homemade coconut cream, pineapple, don q gran anejo; Salt Foam Margarita – silver tequila herradura, cointreau, agave, salt air foam; and Butterfly Effect – hangar one vodka, elderflower, grapefruit juice, lillet blanc, lemon juice, egg whites, buzz button.

South African beers and wines have been hand selected for the drinks menu so guests can explore new flavors to pair with their meal. The robust wine list offers wines by the glass as well as wines by the bottle from regions such as South Africa, New Zealand, France, California and Oregon.

The new restaurant is part of Apheleia Restaurant Group, the same group that owned Oak and owns other popular Dallas concepts including Pakpao, el Bolero and Hawthorn.

Wits Steakhouse is now open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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