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Bye-Bye Bin 555, Hello Umai Mi

Chef Jason Dady’s Bin 555 is about to undergo a transformation — a new restaurant will take its place, same location, called Umai Mi.

BIN 555 has served San Antonio on the north side for eight years. As a proper farewell to BIN 555  Dady will roll out a new “BIN Bye, Bye, Bye” menu consisting of some of the most asked-for dishes that have been served out of this San Antonio staple, as well as some brand new ones.

Bin 555

Bin 555

Some of the dishes being served include: creamy Crab Dip Gratin, Seared Diver Scallop with Spinach, Chorizo and Spicy Peppers, Veal and Cinnamon Meatballs with Peach, Cinnamon and Brown Sugar, Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Mojo Glazed Salmon Chorizo, Roasted Peppers and Baby Spinach. Decadent desserts that are reappearing include Banana Fritters and Peanut Butter Mousse as well as classic Spanish Basque Cake.

The BIN Bye Bye Bye menu will be available Dec. 1- 31.

Meanwhile, a Thanksgiving Eve Prix Fixe menu is Wednesday, and Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve dinner menus all will be within the BIN 555 concept.

Also, The Holi-Dady Days of Giving continue with The Jason Dady Restaurant gift card incentives — for every $100 in gift cards purchased patrons will receive a $25 voucher. These gift cards will be available at all Jason Dady Restaurant locations including BIN 555.

BIN 555 opened in 2004, and has been located at Artisan’s Alley in North San Antonio.  BIN 555 offers an extensive wine list with boutique and eclectic New World wine selections. Wine Dinners, wine tastings and exclusive events scheduled monthly. The BIN concept holds a modern American menu and features avant garde techniques with seasonal ingredients purchased from local purveyors. Open for lunch and dinner Monday- Saturday and Brunch on Sundays. For more information can be found at as well as  @bin555 on twitter or calling 210-496-0555.


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Pop-Up at Bin 555; Thai Meets Chinese

By Emily Stringer

Is the bridge between Austin and San Antonio getting smaller? Or, is San Antonio getting weirder? Being that San Antonio is a hop, skip and mini-jump to Austin, it is a wonder we don’t have more collaborative dinners on our map

This year, the Austin Food and Wine Festival (or, at least its marketing team) visited San Antonio chef/restaurateur Jason Dady’s BIN 555. Dady had created a one-of-a-kind, Chinese-inspired pop-up meal called Umami Mi, meaning, “a savory taste” in Thai.

Umami Mi Red LightsFifty diners joined food-loving forces from the city inside a transformed BIN 555 dining room. The crowd included many food enthusiasts, including chefs, food writers, bloggers and caterers. The setting, in a transformed Bin 555 dining room, called up the ambience of a Nuevo American wine bar leaning toward red light-district dive.  Yet, the food was a far reach from anything a dive could put out and more like just “plain” fine dining.

An aperitif of Bombay Sapphire Gin and tonic with a hint of kefir lime started the meal off. The food, served family-style,  was a sumptuous spread with such items as Spicy Chicken Wings with fresh red curry paste, and a kick of lemongrass, and Wood Oven Mussels in a sea of lamb broth sprinkled with Thai herbs. Dady saved the best for last, ending the evening with a deconstructed brisket “taco.” Also owner of Two Bros. BBQ Market, the chef put his taco together using Asian-style brisket with a tamarind glaze paired with crisp scallion pancake,  topped with spicy peanuts.

Spicy Chicken Wings with a lavish garnish of fresh cilantro.

Spicy Chicken Wings with a lavish garnish of fresh cilantro.

Dady will be the only San Antonio-based chef featured this year at the Austin Food & Wine Festival.  He said Umami Mi was inspired by a recent trip to New York City and an 18-course meal at Mission Chinese.

“We were crammed into a packed house, and my most memorable bite was the spicy cumin lamb dish,” Dady said. “I wanted the cumin lamb to be one of the last flavors people (here) tasted so they could experience the pleasant fullness that I did in New York.”

Diners left “pleasantly full,” indeed.

Dady will be traveling to the Austin Food and Wine Festival April 26-28. The event features nationally known chefs, including New York’s Marcus Sammuelson, Austin’s Paul Qui, and Los Angeles’ Susan Feniger, along with a full schedule of events. Click here for tickets, more information.

Jason Dady

Jason Dady





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