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Dorsia opened about four months ago and has been almost completely booked every night of the week. Somehow we managed to swing an 8:30 rez on a Friday.


The interior is delicately tasteful, with a warm glow emanating from the orange ceiling. The menus were colored bone, and the hostess told us the font was something called “Silian Rail.” Very nice.


The highlight of the menu was the great sea urchin ceviche ($18), pictured above. The gently pressed dollops of urchin are spooned into the chilled, spiny husk, then topped with sliced basil and a roasted tomato coulis.


For an entree, we tried the artisan glazed beef ($27), tenderly cradling a pool of red wine glaze. Buttermilk mashed potatoes are piped into the center of the plate.

Dorsia is a must-visit in Durham. You may have to do a few favors for the MaĆ®tre D’ to get a reservation, but it’s worth it. Skip the Friday squash game, wear something fabulous, and enjoy. Don’t forget your Oliver Peoples glasses.



1903 Kenilworth Avenue, Durham NC 27701


The above review was an April Fool’s Joke, inspired by the fictitious restaurant “Dorsia” from the film, American Psycho. After our April 1st post of McDonald’s a year ago, we learned this disclaimer is useful to prevent confusion.

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One Response to Dorsia

  1. Patrick Bateman says:

    I love how the bathroom has a peach apricot scrub to exfoliate your hands before indulging in their decadent treats!

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