St. Louis Restaurant News: Sardella Hints At New Menu, VietNam Joins The Loop

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The buzz around James Beard award-winning chef-owner Gerard Craft’s new venture now is a little closer to reality. After a series of pop-ups around town, Sardella has given us a peek into what the menu of the Italian dining spot will offer in the coming weeks. Expect a “nod to Italy” in shareables like gnocco fritto, airy dough pockets filled with creme fraiche and topped with house-cured gravlax, bone marrow, citrus and tarragon. Get your seafood fix with raw crudo like fluke tartare with lime, walnut oil, chive and watercress. If you think you will miss the flagship Niche dishes, try dishes like Uni Carbonara, served with spaghetti, guanciale and Parmesan—which Craft notes is a “back in the day” dish. Comforting meat dishes will come in the form of stout-braised lamb neck served alongside fresh Italian tortillas or piadinas. Executive pastry chef Sarah Osborn will bring elevated sweets like pistachio white chocolate panna cotta and olive oil cake with ricotta and cantaloupe jam. You’ll also be able to join Sardella for breakfast items like smoked salmon english muffin; a grain bowl of farro, kimchi, kale, swiss chard and fried egg and much more. Dishes will range from $10-$30. 7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton

VietNam

Photo courtesy of VietNam

VietNam Style Steak & More is the Delmar Loop’s latest addition to its diverse dining scene. The new restaurant comes from Yun Vu and Thao Truong with authentic eats like Bo ne’, a house special of sizzling steak with a sunny-side-up egg, French pork liver pate, grilled pork and mackerel in tomato sauce. Diners can customize a sizzling steak to their liking or try other dishes like spring rolls, a variety of pho (noodle soups) and vermicelli noodle salads. 6100 Delmar Blvd., Delmar Loop

Several months ago, Blood & Sand owners Adam Frager and T.J. Vytlacil announced they would be selling the restaurant. Recently, the members-only restaurant shared that member Tim Murphy is going to be the new owner. The staffing change also brings executive chef Chris Krzysik, who was formerly sous chef. 1500 St. Charles St., Downtown

The Sweet Divine cupcake bakery recently experienced an unfortunate fire in its Soulard barkery. While the space is being rebuilt, the pastry experts will be using McArthur’s Bakery Cafe on Delmar Boulevard as a temporary kitchen. Get your cupcake fix from the Sweet Divine truck until the bakery reopens. 1801 S. 9th St., Soulard

In other sweets news, Scape American Bistro’s banana cream pie was chosen as Missouri’s top dessert by livingly.com. The award comes from a calculating surveys from Yelp, TripAdvisor and restaurant websites. The dessert has been on the menu since 2007 and features a nutter butter crust, banana custard, fresh whipped cream, caramel sauce and caramelized bananas. 48 Maryland Plaza, Central West End

Photo courtesy of Sardella.

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