Disher Review #9: Abacus

A lovely, talented and wonderful Disher sends his Abacus RW review. He’s got a great attitude about the craziness of the week. You don’t want to miss it, trust me…

Well first of all I love Kent Rathburn and am pitifully embarrassed that I haven’t been to Abacus hardly at all since a food tasting prior to the original opening. Now in defense of our household’s Abacus patronage my partner has been many times (without me thank you very much!) for dinners with other doctors and we were invited by some real regulars who love the restaurant.
That said, going during restauraunt week is a bit more of a mad dash!
It was full, bubbling and fun. VERY BUSY. I love the updated interior. It went from sort of ‘Perry Mason Modern’ to a soft lightened-up 21st century modern. The waiter announced we would be starting with the lobster shooters. I said that “I was allergic to soft shell seafood” and he said “then you won’t be starting with anything…” it was really crazy busy and we all laughed.
We all ordered the wine flights which were really great and totally worth the extra thirty bucks…The flavors were different and a little sweeter than I would have selected left to my own devices but that’s what made them so great. They were really marvelous and sort of fresh and summer-y with my scallops or should I say scallop. The scallop was so rich and tasty. I had to share it and somehow we all tasted my one scallop and the lovely sauce it was delivered in/on.
If my scallop was …well scallop sized…then by contrast my entre’ gave everyone pork-loin-chop envy! It was a huge full portion! Another ordered the wonderful beef and while only slightly larger than my scallop we again marveled at our ability to “parse the beef” around the table.
I ran into TAMARA one of the marvelous waiter persons that I have know around Dallas FOREVER! I’m talking 25 years. Turns out she is also an artist responsible for a large portion of the modern artwork in the restauraunt.
Finally we all enjoyed a lovely tiny… but lovely… desert potpourri. And what to our ever blurring eyes should appear but a very chic, older than our group, salt and pepper, sweptback into a low pony tail/chignon kind of a thing… woman. She asked how our dinner was… and giddy with food fellowship and fun we said it was (and it was truly) really marvelous!
To which she said in a disarmingly edified tone ‘I’m so pleased’.  And ‘what charity [were] we their to support?’…our hosts replied
and without skipping a bit she asked if we would give up our table then so that others could support it as well! Wine glasses full only by half, slightly stunned we looked at one another and busted out laughing.
So if you are up for a slightly zany atmosphere and really great food I strongly suggest you try out any restaurant in which  you can secure a reservation.
What a fun, funny, madcap thing restaurant week can be!

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