At Uptown's CrushCraft, the Best Stuff Isn't on the Main Menu and May Never Be

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CrushCraft's pla phat pik will only live on if you eat a lot of it.
When you walk into CrushCraft, there are two menus to peruse. One looks a little like the menu board at Chipotle, with 10 or so dishes you'll mostly recognize. The other menu is scrawled on a a series of sheets of butcher paper that serve as a sort of proving ground for the restaurant.

There are tofu fries and spring rolls and tom ka gai, which isn't always available. There's also a sheet that displays two seemingly random dishes, one of which is the pla phat pik pictured above. Chef Paul Singhapong comes up with dishes, draws up descriptions and tracks their sales for a period of time. Strong performers are considered for the permanent menu.

The losers are kicked to the curb, which is why I hope this stir fry performs well. It could be removed from the menu by the end of the week and then you'll miss out on salty catfish with a firm bite and a red curry that imparts some serious heat. Kaffir lime leaves are deep fried to replace their unpleasant leathery texture with a satisfying crunch, and bits of eggplant, various chiles and pickled aromatics make each bite as interesting as the one before it.

And if you don't get there in time and the pla phat pik is missing, don't pass over the dishes that have replaced it. There's a decent chance the best cooking coming out of the kitchen any moment will only be available for an instant.

Location Info

CrushCraft Thai Street Eats

2800 Routh Street, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Sounds great!  From what Scott said about CushCraft, if you like it, you'd probably also like Na Linh Market in Irving.  In addition to being an Asian market, it's a small, family run funky restaurant.  Their beef larb rocks my world!  I SO want to try their duck larb and their lamb larb!  They are from Laos, near the Thai border.  The food reflects that.  They are the first joint in the D/FW area who slowed my eating down after I told them I wanted it "very, very hot".  Most places give you "American hot".  They gave me Laotian hot, which is beyond Thai hot.  I do have to admit, they didn't give me the whole enchilada until my third visit.

The flavors were amazing.  


You'll be glad you did.


Wow, Awesome!  When did this place pop up? I thought I knew every Asian restaurant in a 10 mile radius of downtown.  The website didn't work on either of my browsers. Any one able to down load a menu? 

Sotiredofitall topcommenter

I went to there - 

Unfortunately weren't doing the "Crew's Cravings".

Good eats - good concept - good prices

3 and half stars (out of 5)  -

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