Gemma. (Photography by Kevin Marple)

Food Feedback Friday

It's time for Food Feedback Friday. Tell us where you ate and give us a few words about the experience.

Okay, slackers. I realize the  kids are out of school and it’s hotter than a fur coat in Marfa, buy you still gotta eat. Last week, only one brave soul shared a dining experience with us. At least it was a good one. Hibiscus was the restaurant and Big John was the reporter who simply stated “Another amazing meal at Hibiscus. Easily the best charcuterie board in Dallas. Service is always top notch. Make sure to swing by the bar before and after dinner for a cocktail from Grant.”

How hard was that? Not. Go. Eat. Report.

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  • alyb803

    We were lucky to snag a 7pm Saturday reservation for opening week at Uchi. We worried whether it would live up to the hype. That was a wasted worry. From our first step in the door, until valet pulled our car around (tipped off by the server when we cashed out), it was everything we’d hoped for. Decor is sleek and contemporary, with some industrial tones in fixtures, light and bright. Multiple dining options, from raw offerings, to grilled specials, to the chef’s omakase tasting menus. We enjoyed cocktails at the bar, and were impressed with the bartender’s (Jack) knowledge of the wine and sake list as well as craft cocktails. After hearing I wasn’t a sake fan, he made a recommendation and I had to admit he was right–and it was no risk, as he said he’d buy it for me if I didn’t like it. Our waiter, Mark, recommended that we put ourselves in his hands for a tour of the best dishes in the house. Rather than doing the fixed omakase, he asked a few questions about likes/dislikes/allergies–then we were off to the races. We gave him an “all in” price point, and he came in about $20 under including wine and sake. We sampled multiple sharing plates, including hamachi crudo, dayboat scallop, toro, salmon, akashi short rib, Spanish anchovy, A5 Waygu, Eel 2 ways and a foie gras nigiri for the finish. I think in total we sampled 17 different dishes, shared among 4 diners. If you’re a Brussels sprouts fan (and even if you’re not), Uchi’s are superb. Mark told us the staff had trained for 2 months, and it showed. The teamwork was flawless, and each server displayed mastery of the menu and ingredients. From an entertainment standpoint, let me just say the people-watching from our table near the bar was unsurpassed. Chef Borges made the rounds later in the evening, warmly greeting guests and asking about favorite dishes. Uchi is a welcome addition to the Dallas dining scene.

  • OldLakeHighlander

    We had a day of food and museums in Fort Worth last Saturday. We started at The Red Wasp. Cuisine was good ‘ol fashioned American, all very well executed. Service, unfortunately, was a little disjointed. Fortunately they did acknowledge the issues and comped us some things to make up for it.

    After a visit to the Fort Worth Modern and the Kimball (both with free entry on Sunday) we headed over to Kent and Co. Wine bar. A cool place (literally and figuratively) to hang out with warm red brick and industrial furnishings. Great wine selection and service.

    We then met up with some more friends for dinner at American Food & Beverage. Sunday is family-style dining. The first and third courses are fixed and you can choose one of five main entrées. Given that we had a table of five we had one of everything. All dishes were executed very well and the quantity was reasonable—not the food overload you can sometimes get. Service was stellar as was the bar service and cocktails.

    Fort Worth is such a cool place—lots of older buildings with character and soul and a real thriving dining & bar scene. Dallas could learn a few things. Sundays are also a great time to go—free admission to museums and less traffic to and fro. Check it out!

  • OldLakeHighlander

    That should say: We had a day of food and museums in Fort Worth last Sunday.

  • Just wondering

    We’re going in two weeks and very excited. What did the “all in” bill come to with tip?

  • Margie Hubbard

    The highlights since I last commented here have been Gemma and Nonna.

    Nonna, I have loved since it opened and I realized what real Italian food tasted like. We share everything at Nonna and I’ve never been disappointed in a dish. I had to force myself not to order the white clam pizza so that I could try some new things. I would try to describe the individual plates but chances are they won’t be available when you go yourself. The choices change constantly. You can’t go wrong with anything they serve. Hand made pastas and many locally sourced ingredients. The menu is heavy on the Italian language, but the staff is great at explaining everything.

    It will come as no surprise that I was blown away by Gemma. This was my first visit. Myself and three girlfriends ordered nine different items and shared everything. Our server, Steven, was great at planning the presentation of our meal, never filling the table with too many dishes at once. We tried the fried olives, baby artichokes, beef tartare, bok choy salad and sweetbreads to start. The mains were the beef cheeks and the striped bass. Those beef cheeks… I’m afraid I’ll have to order them every time I go. So tender and rich. Strawberry rhubarb semifreddo and Chocolate caramel tart for dessert. My husband has got to go next time. He loves sweetbreads and these are the best I’ve ever had.

    Tomorrow night… Uchi. Life is good.

  • alyb803

    $580 before tip (the all-in number we gave was $600 before tip). This included all shared plates, 6 glasses of wine (I think) and 4 sakes. We had a very good representative sampling of the menu and really enjoyed Mark’s recommendations.

  • Cbsuea

    Proof and Pantry again. Everything was exquisite. Don’t think this restaurant gets enough credit for the boundaries they push, at least for Dallas standards. Can’t wait for Madrina to open up.

  • merlot

    I just don’t get Proof + Pantry. Have been 5 times and have given up. I am also looking forward to Madrina. Hopefully, it will be a little more like a “normal” restaurant.

  • Margie Hubbard

    We did the same this Saturday, except we did not go beyond the omakase. Delicious!! I think your way was probably a better idea because there are still dishes that I want to try. Oh well. Guess I’ll have to go back!

  • Margie Hubbard

    I love spending a day in Ft Worth. Such fun!