DINER: A Look Inside The Highly Anticipated Fat Dragon Chinese BBQ Joint On The DTES

April 2, 2012.

by Andrew Morrison | A weekend of dry runs with friends and family have owners Tom Doughty, Robert Belcham, and Ted Anderson all set to open their much anticipated Fat Dragon at 566 Powell St. on the DTES this week. The new restaurant will specialize in Chinese BBQ in a way that we haven’t seen before, as nearly all the items will enjoy a lick of southern spice with a proper bar lending a pairing hand with five original cocktails or 4×4 wines by the glass (plus a reserve list). I took a look yesterday afternoon and there was much to like, including a kaffir lime soft serve ice cream that’ll be making it onto their opening menu this Thursday (so good). Here’s the PR and all of our photos from yesterday afternoon:

Accomplished restaurateurs, Tom Doughty & Robert Belcham of Campagnolo and Campagnolo ROMA, are excited to partner with longtime employee and first time restaurant owner, Ted Anderson, to proudly announce the opening of Fat Dragon Bar-B-Q on Thursday April 5, 2012. Fat Dragon, where Far East Asian flavours collide with American Southern barbecue methods, is the most casual restaurant this team has so far created. Open seven days a week, from 11am – late, Fat Dragon offers both dine-in and take-out options with street parking available at 566 Powell Street. “We have always wanted to open a barbeque joint.” says Anderson, ”We want guests to be able to enjoy a few cocktails and snacks without getting fatigued on heavy barbeque, so we incorporated Asian flavours and techniques to lighten the load.”

The Fat Dragon kitchen team will be led by Chef de Cuisine Adam Johnson in serving delicious food, first seasoned with Asian spices and herbs, then slow smoked over local fruit woods. These techniques will be applied to the best local cuts of pork, beef, lamb, fresh seafood, vegetables, and tofu. “We have a great love for different types of food from all over Asia,” says Ted Anderson. “This is our homage to the many, great, late-night dinners of noodles, barbequed pork and stir fried crab that we have enjoyed in our travels.”

The team at Bricault Design has created a stripped down, open space reminiscent of a 1920’s opium den. Exposed brick and wooden beams are complemented by a silk entry way, resembling the interior of a Chinese lantern, and a dragon-skin inspired ceiling installation made of wooden scales. The focal point of the room is an 18 ft bar housing a variety of local craft brews and imported Asian beers, a small selection of wines by the glass, and an assortment of cocktails derived from classic recipes rejuvenated with smoke and Asian flavours.

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  • The Fat Dragon | Exterior
  • The Fat Dragon | Signage
  • The Fat Dragon | Kitchen window
  • The Fat Dragon | Front flanking banquettes
  • The Fat Dragon | from the front right
  • The Fat Dragon | Ceilings (they aim to keep them this way)
  • The Fat Dragon | from the kitchen
  • The Fat Dragon | ceilings
  • The Fat Dragon | front right
  • The Fat Dragon | The Bar
  • The Fat Dragon | Front left
  • The Fat Dragon | Tables
  • The Fat Dragon | Chairs
  • The Fat Dragon | Kitchen walk in
  • The Fat Dragon | kitchen
  • The Fat Dragon | kitchen
  • The Fat Dragon | grass-clothed wrapped washrooms
  • The Fat Dragon | The bar
  • The Fat Dragon | Hoops for entrance installation
  • The Fat Dragon | Bar to back
  • The Fat Dragon | The street, looking west toward the city
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