URBAN BISTRO (AVNER) TIMES TWO
Avner Samuel of Aurora and the newly opened Urban Bistro on Inwood has announced he is opening a second Urban Bistro on Frankford and North Dallas Tollway in the former Modo Mio space on November 1st. D Magazine had an article where he was stating he would open 3 Urban Bistro's in the DFW area, and then duplicate Aurora in Las Vegas. Is this really possible? Does anyone have any comments about Urban Bistro on Inwood?
I went there a couple of weeks ago on a Saturday night. We (my husband and I) decided kind of last minute to go with a another couple. Got a reservation for 9PM and got there around 8:30 and it was full. There's a small bar area off to the side so we had a glass of wine while waiting for our friends to arrive. The wine list is small with mostly California selections. There is also a small Reserve list.
After our friends arrived, we were seated promptly.
We had several selections from the starter menu. The Hummus Dip was fresh and flavorful and came with an assortment of breads. I had the Moroccan Beef Cigars. They were served standing up in a tall glass with the cucumber yogurt on the side. The cigars were crisp and the beef had a nice spicy tang. The yogurt was cool and mild and complemented the cigars' spice.
My husband had the Ricotta Cheese Ravioli with Sweet Italian Sausage. They were delicious and probably my favorite of the starters we tried.
Our friends had the Zaa'tar Crusted Tuna, which was very fresh and nicely presented, and the Escargot, Squid and Octopus in Pesto. I did not try the latter, but our friends ate the entire thing, mopped up the remaining pesto with the bread and said it was terrific.
On to the Main.
I wanted the Braised Lamb Shank, but they had already run out (bummer), so I had the Pan Seared Diver Scallops with Roasted Israeli Couscous. The scallops were plump, and properly cooked. The couscous was firm, not mushy, and very flavorful.
My Hubby had the Spiced Salmon Steak with Braised Fennel. The Salmon was cooked to order and he said it was very good, but that the fennel was a little overpowering.
My friend K had the Gambas Tangine which I also tried. It came with Roasted Spaghetti Squash. The shrimp were fresh and tender and the Moroccan spice did not overpower. The squash was tender and not overdone.
Her man T had also wanted the Lamb Shank, but settled for the Veal Scaloppini. This was probably the least exciting of our selections, but was well prepared and fork tender.
We had a bottle of Patz and Hall Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir Carneros, which was served at the proper temp.
We finished with the Tarte Tatin a la Mode and Chocolate Chocolat Chocolate desserts and Espressos. Both were quite good.
Service was friendly and well paced.
Prices weren't outrageous at around $300 for 4 including wine.