Saturday, August 23, 2008


Restaurant Week is in full swing in Dallas this month. Its a fun opportunity to try a new restaurant and support a great charity. This year I had the opportunity to go with a friend to Bijoux. Bijoux is one of only five restaurants in Dallas that has a five star listing. I have been to two of the other five-star restaurants (Abacus and The Mansion on Turtle Creek). This was my first time to try a five-star restaurant during restaurant week. After having dinner at Bijoux tonight, I can honestly say the rating was well deserved. Some restaurants tend to skimp or not perform their best during restaurant week but that was not the case with Bijoux. Food and service were top notch. The staff was attentive and knowledgeable. I'm looking forward to a date night with my husband soon to try their tasting menu.

On to the fabulous menu for this evening. Bijoux had an excellent selection of choices, below is a review of the dishes I tried:

Amuse Bouche:
Watermelon, Cucumber, Texas Goat Cheese with Micro-greens (very refreshing and a great combination)

Also offered throughout the courses were three wonderful house made breads.

First Course:
White Corn and Coconut soup with fromage blanc (smooth and velvety with a great depth of flavor, the fromage blanc added just a little bit of heat from the seasonings mixed with it)

Second Course:
Smoked Prawns with an heirloom tomato and onion salad and a sprinkling of chorizo. (This could have been a meal all on its own. The four luscious prawns had a wonderful smokey flavor and were delicate and tender. This was summer on a plate)

Palate Cleanser of Green Apple Sorbet (tart but refreshing)

Third Course:
New York Strip with root vegetable puree and baby carrots and onions (Normally, I'm not that excited about ordering steak out. I'm really pleased with the quality of steak we make at home. Somehow tonight I was in the mood for steak. This was top quality. They did not bat an eyelash when I ordered my steak medium well and it was cooked perfectly per my request. The accompanying sauce was a nice compliment to the steak but not over powering.

Fourth Course
Valrhona chocolate mousse with strawberry ice cream (Words are not adequate to describe how delicious this was. A chocolate lover's dream!)

A really nice touch, Bijoux offers a plate of mignardises (an assortment of sweets to close the meal) including a tiramisu macaroon, a strawberry gelee, a chocolate truffle and two other small cookies. All were absolutely delicious. My favorite was the tiramisu macaroon.


Anonymous said...

Sweet! I've eaten at Abacus before and it was fab... my friend is coming in from DC this weekend and hopefully, we're hitting up one of the ones on the list this year! :)

Margie said...

Great review. It was a fabulous meal, wasn't it?