Restaurant Week 2010
First Courses (For the Table):
Baby Spinach Salad & Candied Pecans
Smoked Salmon Rillettes
Main Courses (Choice of One):
Smoked Chicken Cavatelli & Chanterelle Mushrooms
Wagyu Petite Tender & Borderlaise Sauce
Roasted Atlantic Tripletail, Mushrooms & Bacon Jam
Diver Scallops, Sweet Corn & Leeks
Side Dishes (For the Table):
Assortment of Market Vegetables
Fingerling Potatoes, Caramelized Onions & Bacon
Dessert (For the Table):
Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich & Caramel
Texas Peach & Almond Buckle
I went this past sunday and was fairly pleased with the meal. I actually prefer the menu you are going to have. Our appetizer had "charcuterie" which was so very small that it was impossible to share with 3 people easily. The salad was a bit boring. The scallops were outstanding, large (3 per person) and perfectly cooked and we enjoyed the sides. The dessert again was a bit difficult to share but the size was okay and it was very good. Over all it was a good experience.
BTW...has anyone noticed that almost every restaurant has some sort of watermelon salad...I hate food network but that is totally a food network recipe...it was actually a turn off for me to go to some places since I felt it lacked originality...plus I can make watermelon salad at home.
As well as inject one with vodka and getting it nicely chilled. I am just saying :), feel free to disagree.
It's got very little to do with the Food network, and a lot more to do with the fact that it is prime watermelon season and restaurants are trying to incorporate good local ingredients. I'm pretty sure that anything you see on Food Network has been ripped off from a legitimate restaurant, not the other way around.
I just ate at Canary for Restaurant week and thought is was lovely. I had the optional Canary Escargot with Pomodoro, Gorgonzola and Barbari Flat Bread; Butter Seared Scallops with Gazpacho Salad; Lamb T Bone & Grilled Quail with Tabbouleh and Tzatziki; and Armenian Nazook Gata Pastry with kiwi, berries & clotted cream vanilla custard.
The escargot was the best I have had in like 10 years, which is not saying much. However, I liked how it was different from the traditional ways that it was served. His tomato sauce was very fresh and tasty and I enjoyed that it had very little cheese on it as an accent along with the fresh basil.
I LOVED the seared scallops dish. I would not call the tasty dish on the side gazpacho. Same ingredients but in a nicely diced salad. It was extremely tasty and went well with the two jumbo scallops served with it. It was actually my favorite dish of the night. You got a nice light salad paired with two perfectly seared buttery scallops.
The lamb and quail were also very tasty. The quail was extremely juicy and well seasoned. The lamb was okay. It was not as tender as I would like it and the seasonings were just okay. I think my lamb t-bones are tastier.
The dessert was very tasty. I wish it was bigger (yeah I am very greedy with dessert). It was a nice light pasty with a cream, raspberry sauce and some fruits on top. It was very nice and light for the summer and melted in my mouth.
The service was also excellent. There were some times that I was waiting a bit and I was the only person that had ordered (I went in when it opened); however, I eat super fast so I am not a good judge of that.
I gave it a four instead of a five due to the lamb. I probably would have given it a five if it were just a quail dish because it was so darn tasty!
I hope this helps! Tomorrow I am hoping to check out Samar.
I had that Mansion watermelon salad recently and it is worth the trip alone. Crispy prosciutto? yes! Seems a lot of chefs are taking advantage of the melon this season, and it is near it is (sadly) exit for the year. The watermelon served up by Bruno is pressed and very meaty.
Shinsei’s special Restaurant Week menu:
First Course (Choice of One
-Crispy Calamari Salad: Fresh Heart of Palm, Mango and Banana
-Coconut Chicken Jalapeno Poppers: Yellow Curry Dipping Sauce
Second Course (Choice of One)
-Seared Sea Scallops: Asian Risotto, Soy-Brown Butter
-Dean’s Oooey Gooey Chicken: Creamy Scallion Whipped Potatoes
-Grilled Flat Iron Steak: Wasabi Whipped Potatoes,
Dessert (Choice of One)
-Barbara’s Chocolate Cinnamon Cake
-Ginger Snap Banana Parfait
-Lynae’s Famous Oatmeal Cookies
7713 Inwood Rd., Dallas, TX 75209
Starter Course Selections
Thin slices of seared tuna, Atlantic salmon, and yellow tail topped with jalapeno and Sriracha,
dressed with yuzu-garlic vinaigrette
Frisee Salad with Asparagus Tempura and Crumbled Texas Goat Cheese
with a Lemon Vinaigrette
Thai Red Curry Coconut Soup with Chicken and Straw Mushrooms
North East Coast Oysters
Three on the half shell with a spicy ponzu-soy sauce
Pan seared spicy beef and caramelized onions on an over-sized Asian vegetable pancake
topped with house made Kim Chee
An herb rubbed pan seared chicken breast with sautéed onions and chilies
Grilled Ono with Scallion Oil
Stir-fried vegetables and steamed jasmine rice
Roasted Chilean Sea Bass
Marinated in miso and sake, served with celery root mashed potatoes and tempura asparagus
White Chocolate-Ginger Bread Pudding
with Pineapple Sauce and Coconut Ice Cream
Vietnamese Coffee flavored Crème Brulee
Sorbet Trio Royale
Strawberry-Pepper, Passion Fruit, and Champagne Sorbets with a splash of Spanish Cava
3102 Oak Lawn Ave Ste 110, Dallas, TX 75219
Several are posted here:
-Summer Zucchini Soup with Goat Cheese Fritters
-House-Made Salmon Gravlax with Shaved Fennel Salad
-Watermelon Salad with Local Feta Cheese, Crispy Prosciutto and Pink Peppercorn Vinaigrette
-Sweet Corn Ravioli with Shrimp Bolognese Sauce
-Braised Veal Breast, Roasted Eggplant and Natural Jus
-Crawfish-Stuffed Texas Chicken, Roasted Potato and Baby Spinach and Shellfish Reduction
-Peach Sundae: Vanilla Panna Cotta, Poached Peach, Almond Crumble, Peach Ice Cream
-Chocolate Caramel Tart: Soft Caramel, Chocolate Ganache, Vanilla Ice Cream
Abacus menu was up yesterday and now appears to be down. Weird.
I'm on the lookout for Al Biernat and Nick & Sam's.
Nick & Sam's
3008 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201
4217 Oak Lawn, Dallas, TX 75219
Check out the menu for Central 214 at Hotel Palomar Dallas: http://www.central214.com/news_events...
- deviled eggs
moet nectar rose or charles and charles syrah rose
- corn bisque with tequila streaker
gruet brut or anoro chardonnay
- mushroom and spinach stuffed empanada
gloria blanc or tikal malbec
- iceberg babies
dry creek chenin blanc or titus cab franc
- mixed field greens
kings estate pinot noir or la posta blanco de blancos
- pan seared scallops-bacon corn succotash
j lohr arroyo seco chardonnay or veladora
- smoked bbq chicken -cold sweet potato salad, green beans
st. clement chardonnay or jules taylor pinot gris
- grilled “ribs”-black bean puree, cilantro rice, and chimichurri
4 vines loco or stratton lumis cabernet
- pan seared halibut -cabbage radish slaw, cilantro lime drizzle
terrazas malbec or civello
- smoked brisket-jalapeno cornbread, poblano baked beans
4 vines maverick zinfandel or lava cap merlot
- ice cream sandwich
chandon etoile or royal tokaji
- chocolate peanut butter cake
4 vines heretic ps or inniskillin cab franc
- banana bread pudding with crème anglaise
marenco moscato d’ asti or piper heidsick rose