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Luxury River Walk hotel lands new restaurant from celebrity San Antonio chef

Luxe River Walk hotel lands new restaurant from celeb San Antonio chef

Landrance Thompson Hotel rendering
Famed San Antonio chef Steve McHugh will lead Landrace. Courtesy rendering
The Moon's Daughters Thompson Hotel
The Moon's Daughter's rooftop locations boasts epic views. Courtesy rendering
Landrance Thompson Hotel rendering
The Moon's Daughters Thompson Hotel

San Antonio’s newest luxury hotel has tapped some serious culinary cred for its signature restaurant, opening in February along the River Walk.

Thompson San Antonio, the sleek 20-story, 162-room Hyatt property located on the banks of the San Antonio River, will feature four dining and bar concepts, including its principal eatery, Landrace, led by nationally acclaimed chef Steve McHugh, owner of Cured.   

The 200-seat, light-drenched Landrace, features floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the River Walk. With McHugh at the helm, the new eatery will offer a menu emphasizing regional ingredients and products sourced locally and regionally, with an emphasis on wood-fired grilling.

“Landrace is a dream realized for me, as I have been envisioning and working on the concept for some time,” McHugh, a James Beard Award finalist, said in a release about the newly announced midcentury-modern-style concept. “The menu will showcase my fascination with local ingredients and the unique products grown in Texas as we celebrate the natural flavors and nuances of the seasons in collaboration with Texas’ heritage farmers and growers.”

With Landrace’s regional suppliers including Broken Arrow Ranch, Texas Black Gold Garlic, Barton Springs Mill, Wholesome Harvest Farm, Windy Hill Farms, and Peaceful Pork, McHugh will expand his culinary prowess beyond his much-loved Cured dishes. In addition to grilled plates like barbecued oysters, bone marrow with lamb sirloin, Berkshire pork chops, and charred chicken with achiote and fermented hot sauce, other highlights of McHugh’s new menu include wagyu beef tartare, pasta with Gulf blue crab, and roasted delicata squash with pomegranates.

In line with McHugh’s curated menu, the beverage program provides a similarly posh experience for diners, with the highlight being a tableside cocktail cart that will serve Old-Fashioned cocktails made to order.

High atop Thompson San Antonio’s 20 stories is the property’s rooftop restaurant and bar, The Moon’s Daughters, a 300-seat indoor/outdoor eatery inspired by the Greek goddess of the moon and featuring a Mediterranean-driven menu created by hometown executive chef Robert Cantu. Aiming to evoke thoughts of sun-drenched holidays along the Aegean Sea, the menu will include a variety of noshable small plates and meat, fish, and veggie-forward dishes, like lamb ragu, stuffed leek kabobs, seared black bass, and blowfish tails.

Rounding out the hotel's venue options are an open-to-the-public lobby bar and a fourth-floor pool bar exclusively available to hotel guests and condo residents of The Arts Residences on the property.

“We are excited to bring creative, new, and tailored dining experiences to San Antonio with the opening of Landrace and The Moon’s Daughters, scheduled for early 2021,” Ted Knighton, general manager of Thompson San Antonio, said in the release. “It is an honor to work with one of San Antonio’s most celebrated chefs on his newest masterpiece, which will pay tribute to the ingredients and farmers of our region. The Moon’s Daughters will also offer a magical experience in a must-see rooftop setting, unlike any other in our city.”

Located on the River Walk at 115 Lexington Ave. and within walking distance of the Tobin Center for Performing Arts and The Alamo, Thompson San Antonio is scheduled to open February 18.