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Mansion on Turtle Creek with Tesar (DFW)

vktp Dec 30, 2006 09:17 PM

Has anyone been since Tesar has taken over? I was debating between the Mansion or Craft for my next special occasion. . .

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  1. adkim RE: vktp Dec 30, 2006 09:24 PM

    Kim Harwell just reviewed it.

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      vktp RE: adkim Dec 30, 2006 11:44 PM

      I saw that, but thanks. I was just looking for Chowhound perspective.

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        HalleyP RE: adkim Jan 3, 2007 09:23 PM

        Help me out here, guys. I haven't been around as long as you have. How do guidelive's reviewers look at the food compared with how chowhounders do it?

        And vktp, for a special dinner, I kind of think that you'll get a better experience -- superior food, less attitude -- at either York Street or Bijoux than at Mansion or Craft. IMO, of course.

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          vktp RE: HalleyP Jan 3, 2007 09:55 PM

          Actually I have reservations for Bijoux for next week, and usually pop in to York Street a couple times a year ;) I agree they're likely better, but just trying to branch out and try some new places. I went ahead and made reservations for the Mansion for dinner next month. . .

          I generally find that DMN/guidelive takes hype into account more than chowhounders. Also, I do wish ethnic cuisines were covered more. . .

      2. irodguy RE: vktp Dec 31, 2006 01:45 AM

        I was there for a company holiday party. I was generally not impressed, however this could very well be that their catering is second class.

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          HalleyP RE: vktp Jan 3, 2007 09:17 PM

          Went for lunch a couple days before Christmas. Lots of lobster options. I had the lobster burger - really pretty darned good. Came with truffled french fries, which were just this side of perfection. My friend had the lobster roll, which was another fancy sandwich take, and it was good, too.

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            adkim RE: HalleyP Jan 4, 2007 05:34 AM

            Lobster burger, eh? Explain please.

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            HalleyP RE: vktp Jan 5, 2007 02:35 PM

            Just a fancy name for a lobster sandwich, I guess. A big piece of lobster on a bun that's suitable for a burger and served with those incredible fries.

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              ieatdallas RE: vktp Jan 5, 2007 05:52 PM

              Went for lunch a few days ago. Definite slant towards Tesar's northeast roots with lobster roll, etc. Was actually pretty underwhelmed. Started with the consomme served with torteloni stuffed with potatoes and truffles. Didn't taste any hint of truffles. For $18 I wanna taste truffles right? Above average salad and then an orange dusted lobster with artichokes that was out of this world. Expected a little more though. Recently went to Bijoux and revisited Lola last night and they are both better, though I'm comparing lunch to dinner.

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                Scott RE: vktp Jan 6, 2007 01:58 PM

                Recently had the tasting menu at The Mansion. I was very pleasantly surprised. Presentations were meticulous and tasteful (except for a lobster course, in which the lobster was completely buried in "sea foam"--looked like a bubble bath). The flavor combinations were fairly ambitious, but generally came together well. Nice texture contrasts in a lot of courses. The cheese service was conservative but good (e.g., Humboldt Fog, Fiscalini, Stilton, etc.). It was an enjoyable meal. At $125 for the tasting menu, plus a $10 supplement for the cheese course, it was also a very expensive meal.


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                  ieatdallas RE: vktp Jan 7, 2007 03:36 PM

                  Scott, not sure how recently you went but I went on the 30th and was told by my waiter that they had done away with the chef's tasting menu, preferring to focus on the chef's "core" menu.

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                    Scott RE: ieatdallas Jan 7, 2007 04:21 PM


                    It was in the first week of January (just a few days ago). When I was seated, they presented me with the regular menu; but, when I asked, they brought the tasting menu with wine pairings. If the tasting menu is being deemphasized or dropped, I'm not sure if that's the chef's preference or if he's just responding to a lack of demand. In the "lack of demand" category, I'd put "customers who want the tasting menu, but with substitutions."

                    If they do drop it, it's a shame. It was quite nice.


                  2. The Chowhound Team RE: vktp Jan 8, 2007 10:40 PM

                    Just a reminder, please keep the Texas board focused on great chow in Texas. Discussion of reviewers, reviews and advertising are all off topic for our regional boards.

                    A number of posts related to those topics have been moved to the Food Media and News board here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                    If you've got more to add on those topics, please check that thread out and reply there.

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                      soapgirl RE: vktp Jan 22, 2007 06:28 PM

                      I don't know if you have already had your "special occasion", but I thought I would chime in. A lot of chowhounders made comments about the Mansion, to which I have never been. But I have been to Craft.


                      In my opinion, Craft is not worth the $$, especially for a special occasion where you planning on intimacy/romance.

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