New Restaurant in Addison: Masaryk

Hey, Addison. Not you Bill, the town just north of Beltline. Are you ready for a modern Mexican kitchen and tequila lounge? I hope so because you are getting Masaryk, a contemporary restaurant set to open on Addison Circle around April 1st. The chef/owner is Gabriel DeLeon and he comes from a family of chefs. His father, Juan DeLeon, worked as a chef at the famed Ewald’s on Lovers Lane, with top French chef Jean Lafont, and at the Zodiac Room at the downtown Neiman Marcus. He worked at his uncle’s restaurant Esparza’s in Grapevine before he opened  La Margarita restaurant in Irving, Texas.

Hey Gabriel, do have anything to say to the SideDish Nation?

“I wanted to create a spot which would have a sense of Latin rhythm to the food. My food is traditionally rooted and I am giving new life to classic dishes.  We cook everything from scratch, like an old hacienda. My inspiration is my family, the culture and roots of Mexico, with love and respect,” said DeLeon.

Yow. Zah. Jump for the War and Peace version of a press release that weaves a tale that includes Patricia Quintana, a Metrosexual cocktail, and padded leather chairs. TGIF.

Modern Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Lounge

Opens in Addison Circle East April 1

Chef/Owner Gabriel DeLeon  Expands Family Business at La Margarita in Irving to Dallas

Dallas, Texas-(March 20, 2009)- Masaryk [pronounced “maas-uh-rik“], 5004 Addison Circle East, Addison, TX 75001, 972-701-8500, , will be the first Mexican restaurant and newest “neighborhood dining” option in Addison Circle and will attract those seeking delicious and affordable Modern Mexican cuisine and specialty tequilas in a chic atmosphere.  The contemporary 3600 square foot, 130 person capacity restaurant will feature a contemporary bar and lounge with seating for 15 and a 1400 square foot, a covered patio with a view of the park, bandstand and annual Town of Addison events such as Kaboomtown and Jazz and Summer Salsa Series held on the Circle.

Gabriel DeLeon, Chef-Owner of Masaryk, Modern Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Lounge in Addison, takes much of his inspiration from his passion for travel throughout the world. Hence, Masaryk restaurant is named after an avenue in Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico.  This highly valued street in Latin America was named after the first President of Czechoslovakia Tomáš Masaryk and there is a university named for him in Brno, Czechoslovakia which Gabriel visited.  Masaryk Avenue in Mexico City boasts of the most expensive restaurants and shopping in the world unlike the Addison location which will be very accessible.

“I wanted to create a spot which would have a sense of Latin rhythm to the food. My food is traditionally rooted and I am giving new life to classic dishes.  We cook everything from scratch, like an old hacienda. My inspiration is my family, the culture and roots of Mexico, with love and respect,” said DeLeon.  Gabriel’s restaurant will blend his heritage of Mod-Mex foods with sophisticated international flavors fused with French cooking techniques and ingredients.  Mod-Mex Cuisine is generally typified by its more refined setting, ambiance, presentation and use of key ingredients-dried chiles, micro greens and infused oils prepared with European-influenced cooking techniques.

Juan DeLeon, father of Masaryk owners, Gabriel and Adrian DeLeon, worked as a chef at the famed Ewald’s on Lovers Lane with top French Chef Jean Lafont and at the Zodiac Room at the downtown Neiman Marcus for many years. He left to formulate his own concept at his uncle’s restaurant Esparza’s in Grapevine.  In 1990, he established La Margarita restaurant in Irving, Texas, as a quaint Tex-Mex spot for locals known for its exceptional food, service, recipes and specialty tequilas and signature drinks.  Sadly, Juan DeLeon passed away from brain cancer in 1995 leaving Gabriel to take over all aspects of the business and becoming head of the household at a very young age.  His ambitious efforts have been very successful and with a 20 year history, the brothers carry on their father’s Tex-Mex neighborhood restaurant and are now delving into fusion dining with Masaryk Modern Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Lounge as a part of DeLeon Concepts, Inc.

Masaryk’s location, designed by Jones Baker of Dallas, has eye-catching awnings with its signature ‘M’ adorning the circle with multi-colored glass mosaic tile and a milk glass front entrance with illuminated milk glass panels which fade different colors in and out.  The restaurant is comfortable and stylish, with a trend-setting ‘M’ lounge with sumptuous leather and fabric seating, Italian bar stools, 52” flat screen, organic cypress wood cocktail tables, generous ottomans, exposed ceilings with corkboard, tequila towers set against a custom, swirled, burl mineral composite architectural wall effect, and glass mosaic wall tile. The dining room off the lounge, looks onto the patio and features shaded plum and black modern teardrop chandeliers and dramatic silver metallic chiffon draping with plum, bronze and jewel toned accents on the walls and rich semicircle banquets in ruby brocade with chenille trim.

The main dining room of the restaurant has a clear view of the patio and the busy Addison Circle and is flanked by beige leather upholstered columns, oversized low-voltage dome lighting, ebony wood ladder back, padded leather chairs and textured wood tables.  Setting off the room are custom wrought iron lattice work, art mirrors, modern wall art reliefs and polished stained concrete floors in jade and chocolate tones.  Diners will be able to listen to loungey salsa and meringue music as well as modern Latin pop music.

Gabriel, a passionate Chef, along with Executive Chef Martin Hernandez, is especially instrumental in the orchestration of flavor and presentation at both locations.  Influenced by Rick Bayless, Richard Sandoval and how Douglas Rodriguez elevated Latino cuisine, Gabriel will use his food genius acquired from his many travels cooking, eating and observing the best chefs and restaurants in the world and his stellar customer service to make the dining experience memorable.  DeLeon is inspired by many of his travels to the Frontera Grill in Chicago, and gathered his French cooking influenced by his father and from his most unforgettable dining experiences in such great restaurants in Alsace (Auberge de I’ll-one of the few Michelin three star restaurants) where the great Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten got his start-one of Gabriel’s first fine dining experiences.  He also loves dining in Paris at Guy Savoy and at Restaurant Alain Ducasse.

Personal coaching by Patricia Quintana, one of the foremost authorities of native Mexican cuisine gives Gabriel a head start in the competitive Dallas culinary scene. DeLeon met Quintana at a Texas Restaurant Association show and received an invitation to work with her in Mexico City at her restaurant. Every day, as he walked up Masaryk Avenue to classes, he decided that he wanted to open up his restaurant by that name. He is a graduate of The Art Institute of Dallas.

The menu, which DeLeon says is 75 percent Mod-Mex and 25 percent Tex-Mex, incorporates Juan DeLeon’s recipes with Gabriel ‘s fusion of European techniques and ingredients, tribute dishes to his father and mentor Patricia Quintana and fan favorite dishes and cocktails from La Margarita.  It is divided into seven sections: “Bocaditos” (Latin for finger foods); “Sopas Y Ensaladas” (Soups and Salads); “Nachos Tex-Mex;” “Modern Mexican;” “Tex-Mex”-Create your own combos of tacos, enchiladas, chalupas, flautas, burritos and pork tamales; “Tacos Polanco” with house made corn tortillas; and “From the Grill.”  The majority of dishes are prepared at  a low to medium level of spiciness.  For example the P. Quintana Enchiladas, Gabriel’s favorite from when he first went to her restaurant, hers were stuffed with brie cheese and Masaryk’s version are stuffed with Oaxaca cheese. From his father, there is the Pollo Agave, one of  Juan’s first dishes, Gabriel honors the recipe but adds his own reduction and chanterelle mushrooms. Salmon Masaryk is also from his father but Gabriel incorporated a beurre blanc sauce. Gabriel puts his own twist on ceviche by using sundried tomatoes. His absolute favorite dish is the Duck Tacos. For comfort food, he says to try the Grilled Applewood Smoked Bacon & Chipotle Fajitas.

Both restaurants are a family affair, so patrons will see names of Gabriel’s siblings in the names of certain dishes and names of the Aztec variety in honor of his father’s passion for the Mayan civilization. La Margarita’s signature warmed salsa will also be presented with a Tex-Mex cold salsa for diners.

Gabriel will be rolling out a new menu of Daily Chef’s Specials after Mother’s Day that will include Pan Seared Scallops with Corn Saffron Reduction, Duck Breast with Chile Guajillo Rub and Red Chile Glaze, and Three Chile Crusted Ahi Tuna with Hibiscus Blood Orange Emulsion.

House specialty desserts featured are the family’s house made ice creams and sorbets, flan, pot de crème, and crème brulee made with the French zabayon method.

Addison Circle visitors will be able to stroll by daily and enjoy watching the chefs make corn tortillas and steam banana leaves from the street side exhibition kitchen window.

Masaryk will feature fifty-five tequilas-all 100 percent blue agave-and three and a half ounce tequila flights.  Bar manager Juventino Chavez will host a daily weekday happy hour from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. featuring its House Sangria, Gabriel’s signature Metro sexual made with House Sangria, Tequila, Agave Nectar, Lime Juice and Triple Sec; Masaryk Chocolate Martini; and Hibiscus Margarita on the rocks. There are also a variety of house specialty “Aguas Frescas” infused waters  with mango, ginger, lime, mojito and hibiscus.

Masaryk is open for lunch and dinner daily with continuous service.  Hours of operation are 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday,  11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Weekend Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Bookings for special groups are available as well as to-go orders. Cash and all major credit cards accepted.  Free two-hour public parking is located behind Masaryk in the retail garage on the corner of Lewis and McIntire Place which is a 30 second walk from the restaurant.


  • Tired Head

    What a shame. Despite the self-importance of the press release, the restaurant (as a concept) is a good idea.

    Unfortunately, the location is an abomination. Look for this place to close within 6 months.

  • Sarah

    I so don’t get the name. Brings to mind middle eastern food. Or a massacre.

  • foodieone

    SO another tex-mex establishement in Dallas? oops sorry, i mean addison…good luck.
    i give it 5 months over there

  • luniz

    you have to give them mad props for naming a margarita + sangria a “Metro sexual” though. That makes a great dare, I don’t know that I could order one and I’ve eaten broiled cod milt.

  • Billusa99

    Gotta hand it to ’em… naming your Tex-Mex restaurant after the biggest advocate of Czechoslovak independence during World War I, and the first President and founder of the independent Czechoslovakia after that.

    I wonder if they’ll have kolbasa tacos?

  • Nancy

    The original restaurant “La Margarita” in Irving has awesome food and great atmosphere!! I’m excited there will be another location to enjoy Gabriel’s dishes.

  • barbie

    la marg is fantastic and i have no doubt this place will do even better. can’t wait to have a metro on the patio!!!

  • Scarlet

    You don’t get the name even after reading an entire paragraph about it above? It’s obviously the Rodeo Drive of Mexico City. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Harry

    I had lunch at the one in Irving a few times years ago while doing contract work in the area. It was actually pretty good, and I am not a real big fan of mex food. I would welcome that one to Addison considering the ones we have now really bite! Can’t wait to try it out…

  • Lots of pessimists out there. Must not have ever had the food or drinks at La Margarita. It is truly the best Tex Mex in the Metroplex. Hats off to Chef DeLeon for extending the wealth of his travel across the world to his menu without leaving us La Marg followers behind. The food will speak to many and North Dallas will truly benefit from this new gem!

  • Georgia

    I have been a patron of Gabriel’s Irving location for 10 years. The atmosphere is a friendly neighborhood restaurant. My husband and I usually bring our guests there for dinner and many of them have also become great fans of the food and the people. I am very excited about now being able to go for lunch and having my co-works get the chance to taste some great food for a good price.
    You go Gabe – show these people what is what.

  • I dropped by for an impromptu preview lunch today and took some snaps of the chow:

  • George and Jennifer

    LOVE the food at La Margarita! We have been eating there since the early 90’s. We are so excited for a similar restaurant with Gabriel’s touch! Addison is a great location and we love the kitchen window idea! See you there.

  • Jan

    The restaurant looks amazing! A swanky atmosphere and delicious modern mex? Count on seeing me there often..

  • L. Davis

    WE were the first guests on the grand opening day for Masaryk at Addison Circle! I live and work in the Circle and it is wonderful to have this type of restaurant now in the mix. The food was wonderful (Queso to die for)and the service was superb. Sure we were the first in the door but as the restaurant filled, I watched consistant excellent service all around me! It was also nice to see the owner strolling around talking with patrons! Good luck with this great new addition to the Addison Circle family! We plan on being regulars!!!

  • food lover

    Well “Tired Head”….they have been open longer than 6 minutes!! The food at La Margarita is the best in the Metroplex and Masaryk will prove to be the same!! Maybe you should switch your name from Tired Head to “Open Mind” and try it out. The food is great, the owner has a TRUE passion for what he does and has been doing it WELL for YEARS and the staff and atmosphere are top notch. Best of luck to you Gabriel…keep doing what you do!

  • Michele and Blake

    Foodies will love this place. If you have traveled Mexico and not Texas you will appreciate these dishes. If you want a taco with yellow cheese try Taco Bell. Pink Taco Marg is a must!! Can’t wait to eat there again.

  • Sonia

    So looking forward to your new restaurant, Gabbriel! You’re an incredible chef and believe your new restaurant will be very successful!

  • Kim

    Celebrated at Bday dinner at MASARYK! 8 of us – ALL loved what they ordered. Some have even been back 2x now.
    Menu is very diverse & VERY Authentic mexican! Plus the service was impecable!! MUST have a Pink Taco Margarita. The Mignon taco melted in your mouth & the Applewood Smoked Bacon Fajitas are the Bomb! This is a must try Mexican spot.

  • I am very excited to try out his new restaurant tomorrow! Love the name! Very unique and creative that would only come from an EXTREMELY PASSIONATE Chef as Gabriel. I only see MORE success for you, Gabe! Keep it up! Proud of ya!

  • jaime24g

    I have not been to the Masaryk but La Margarita’s food is full of flavor. We have been there several times and that is one of our favorite Mex restaurants in the area. Their drinks are also very tasty and blended with top shelf tequila unlike most other restaurants. I’m sure this restaurant will last longer than the 6 months these clowns are taking about. We will be making a trip up north pretty soon.

  • I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  • Ginger

    I have eaten there twice and the food and service have been excellent. I highly recommend Masaryk. I think the location is great.

  • Marla

    Masaryk is a HUGE asset to Addison Circle! Not only is the service SUPERB, but the food is FANTABULOUS!!! If you haven’t already tried Masaryk, I highly suggest it! It’s great for a date, a group outing or even a family affair! They also have a patio with 2 flat screen TVs for all the sports fans out there too!

  • Rachel

    Have been a “Gabriel” fan for years. My family and I have been going to La Margarita for 15 years. I have my annual birthday dinner at La Margarita and Gabriel and his staff always make it wonderful. The food is excellent and the Margarita’s are awesome. Masaryk is beautiful and the food/drinks are awesome just as I expected. Gabriel and his staff are awesome and he not only has regular diners – it’s great to see how long his employees have been with him. Loyalty!!!! The Garcia’s are very proud of you Gabriel!!!!

  • Jordan

    Very cute little neighborhood restaurant. A bit over priced but would be worth it except for the terrible customer service. I live in directly across from this restaurant and have visited it on several occasions in the past 2 months that it has been open.

    I am having family come in town for a birthday party and would have liked to take them to eat at this restaurant but was told that they could not take any reservations for any Saturday this entire month due to an unrelated event that is going on outside the restaurant. The event has nothing to do specifically with Masaryk and would maybe only effect the patio if anything at all. I have no desire to sit on the patio so this has nothing to do with me.

    I understand completely that a restaurant would not want to have a large party table reserved if we were only hanging out for the event outside, However, I have a party of 10 all of which would have ordered food and drinks and would be celebrating a birthday, not the neighborhood event. The fact that they are new and turning down customers is very alarming. They even went to the head owner and chef of the restaurant to see if he would make an exception for our party but he denied it as well. I instead called the much nicer and more expensive restaurant across the street and made a reservation which they gladly accepted. I will never again eat at Masaryk or recommend it to a friend or a neighbor.

  • Ed

    Get a life Jordan!! Masaryk is the best thing to happen to Addison Circle! Whats the problem with just showing up?? We also called for reservations & were told the same thing! They are the Hot Item right now with all the reviews, so we will show up anyway because its worth it!! Over priced?? Go to Mi cocina & get salty boring overpriced food!

  • Dancer

    Terrific food. Forget all the pessimists here and go for the food, which is all we care about. The sampler appetizer is a huge portion of great tastes. The stuffed chile is to die for.