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Apr 27, 2011 04:26 PM

Chef's tasting menu?

I'm bringing hubby to Big D to watch the rangers beat the Yankees to celebrate his birthday. He loves trying tasting menus at phenomenal restaurants. Are there any tasting menus not to be missed in Dallas? We did Le Bernardin in NY a few months ago and David Bull's new restaurant Congress here in Austin recently, just to give you an idea of what I am talking about. Anything like that in Dallas that is we should not miss? We aren't tied to that idea if that isn't the way to go in Dallas or if there are much better restaurants where we would be better ordering off the menu ourselves. Thanks in advance for the help.

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  1. Fuego at Stephen Pyles would be my first recommendation. Call and reserve far in advance. Its a pretty cool experience, roughly 18 courses when I went, and there are only 4 people sitting in the section of the restaurant where it occurs. I'd be happy to answer anymore questions you might have. As a second option you might consider the tasting menu at the Mansion at Turtle Creek, I went in the early stages of Bruno's tenure and it has no doubt improved.

    1. No Michelin stars in Dallas, but Bijoux would be an option. A more funky option would be Local in Deep Ellum.

      Can't go wrong with the omakase at Nobu either.

      I haven't eaten at Fuego, but my experience at SP has always been fantastic.

      Nobu Restaurant
      Hotel Crescent Court, 400 Crescent Court, Dallas, TX 75201

      6333 Camp Bowie Blvd Ste 240, Fort Worth, TX 76116

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      1. re: sike101

        After Le Bernadin and Congress, I'd pass on Local. I'd go for aforementioned Fuego or omakase at Tei An, making sure to note you want a traditional unrestrained omakase. Assuming you're coming for a game in early May, you'll make it just in time for John Tesar's opening of "The Table" which is a restaurant-within-a-restaurant much like fuego, although significantly less costly. You also can't go wrong doing the tasting menu at the Mansion.

      2. I would also recommend Stephan Pyles, he has several options for tasting menus. You could also try Bolla at the Stoneleigh Hotel, I haven't been their since David Bull left, but I have heard it is still really good, and a beautiful restaurant too.

        Stephan Pyles
        1807 Ross Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75201

        Bolla Restaurant
        2927 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201

        1. Nana at the Hilton Anatole. 560 at the top of reunion tower and abacus all have a solid tasting menu. Tho abacus loses points against the other too in view, etc.

          The two visits to Bijoux had terribly slow and unrealiable service, so that's why I wouldn't recommend Bijoux.