By Bev Garvin, Foodable Contributor
It’s a busy Friday night in Deep Ellum. Groovy tunes are playing as a man walks into a bar, when all of the sudden… Do you smell that illicit-aroma wafting through the air?!? “It’s a specialty of the house, sir,” says the bartender with a sly smile.
“It’s called Marijuana Chicken.”
What? How can that be? Marijuana is illegal in Dallas, but Chef DAT, owner of the new, hip, underground-dinner-gone-legit-restaurant, Twenty Seven, knows a thing or two about how to lure patrons in by being creative with food. And his Marijuana Chicken is a perfect example of how DAT does just that.
What is in Marijuana Chicken?
Chef DAT’s inspiration for the Marijuana Chicken dish came from an old traditional Indian recipe he found that called for local grains cooked in green curry with vegetables, chicken and sativa cannabis, or hemp seeds.
Twenty Seven’s Marijuana Chicken starts with sous vide chimichurri chicken “oysters” that are sautéed in a blend of coconut and grape seed oils, skin-side down, to characterize the chicken skin. The boneless chicken medallions are placed over a bed of green curried hemp hearts, accompanied by an assortment of morel and enoki mushrooms. Last, the dish is topped with fresh oregano, thyme and rosemary. The herbs are then burned and covered with a cloche. When the dish is served to guests, the cloche is lifted and the smoke from the torched herbs resembles marijuana.
It’s a clever dish. The aroma of the scorched herbs departs a smoky flavor element to the dish that nicely compliments the seared chicken, earthy mushrooms and the nuttiness of the hemp hearts.
4 Facts About Marijuana Chicken
1. Chef DAT’s Marijuana Chicken does not contain actual marijuana.
2. Marijuana Chicken does include a healthy dose of hemp hearts, which are high in protein, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, thiamin, iron, fiber, as well as Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids.
3. Hemp seeds, like those used in this dish, are touted as a “super food.” They’re naturally 100% gluten-free and are low in saturated fats and carbohydrates.
4. Consuming Marijuana Chicken will not impair motor function or make you inebriated because there is no THC (the ingredient that makes you high in marijuana) in hemp seeds.
How Addictive Is Marijuana Chicken?
VERY! And that’s not the only gateway dish DAT has up his sleeve. Past dishes include “Pablo’s Escobar” and “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Come Off.” The menus at Twenty Seven change frequently, and you never know what Chef DAT will come up with next. DAT’s eclectic cuisine is a reflection of influences from his home in Louisiana and his extensive travels. He highlights fresh, local and imported exotic ingredients from across the globe.
Twenty Seven offers four seasonal tasting menus: Garden (Vegetarian), Land, Sea or the signature Twenty Seven. You may choose from three courses at $60, or six courses at $90 per person. Walk-ins are also welcome. If you prefer to dine a-la-carte, the bar menu has apps and entrees ranging from $11 to $27, which includes dishes like the Marijuana Chicken.
Twenty Seven is open for dinner service Thursday through Saturday evenings only, with limited seating (just 27 seats). You may sign up for menu updates and make reservations at www.TwentySevenDallas.com. A fee of $27 is charged when making reservations, which is credited back when you dine.