Tae Strain, the executive chef at Crush, is leaving the Belvedere Square restaurant. Saturday is Strain's last day at Crush, which will remain open. But Demi, his separate project on the lower level of Crush, will close after this Saturday's service.
Diners have four more chances to try Demi, which will be open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday night, and Strain has released the final-week menu. "It has been amazing and I leave with no regrets at all."
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Earlier this month, patrons of Crush became concerned about its status, when it reverted to a BYOB policy, but the restaurant's owners have publicly committed to remaining open.
The final Demi menu:
Coconut Lemongrass Soup, Cardamom Foam, Saffron
Roasted Beets, Pistachio-Mint Pesto, Chevre, Pomegranate Molasses
Baby Arugula, Strawberries, Bacon-Maple Vinaigrette, Parmesan
Roasted Fingerling Potato, Aged Manchego, Green Apple, Red Mojo, Almond Vinaigrette
Seared Ahi Tuna, Vanilla Soy Broth, Jasmine Rice, Sriracha Aioli
Braised Beef Short rib Ravioli, Pea Puree, Pickled Mushrooms, Aleppo Broth
Potato Gnocchi, Whipped Ricotta, Caramelized Onion, Asparagus, Frico
Sous Vide Shrimp, Cornmeal Pancake, Avocado Salad, Tomatillo Salsa Verde
Diver Sea Scallops, Smoked French Green Lentils, Guava Orange Reduction
Crispy Softshell Crab, Red Cabbage, Green Mango, Whole Grain Mustard, Palm Sugar and Yuzu Dressing
Grilled Beef Salad, Cucumber, Basil Lime Chili Vinaigrette, Compressed Pineapple, Roasted Peanut
Pork Tenderloin and Belly, Coriander Spaetzle, House Kimchi, Pork Caramel, Sesame Seed
Kobe Beef, Six Minute Egg, Potato Parmesan Hash, Coffee-Bacon Jam