We were in Dallas recently because my husband had a renal conference to attend. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency in downtown and housed in the Reunion Tower of the hotel was Wolfgang Puck‘s restaurant, Five Sixty. It is housed in an enormous globe structure, 560 ft above ground, with rotating 360 degree views of downtown Dallas. This Asian inspired restaurant should not be missed if you are ever in the area.
Here is what we had…every dish was delicious.
Assam Scallop Curry– with a mustard and yogurt gravy, served with coconut jasmine rice. My husband loved it.
Beef Short Rib Rendang Curry– a tender, slow cooked malayasian curry…I loved the added peanut crunch.
Appetizer- Lobster spring rolls with chili sauce and dessert, a very tropical Mango Coconut Tart with Pineapple sorbet. An awesome meal.
So after my husbands conference we thought of a late lunch and googled for some Kerala places and found Kerala Kitchen. My daughter asked why on earth would you go to a mallu place when away in Dallas, when you make Kerala food every day?? I guess, it is my husband and my favorite cuisine. Anyway this hole in the wall place showed up near DFW airport and we thought, why not. It is literally in a Texaco gas station, but don’t judge the food by its surroundings. It was a clean place with 2 booths and 2 tables. The owner was a very helpful and gracious host. We ordered the Kerala plate with fish curry and was overwhelmed by the variety and quantity of food. The owner kept bringing out refills of rice, fish curry, Mozhu curry and veggies. Safe to say it was a very filling lunch for $8! A 2 hour nap followed.
Kerala plate included Fish curry, Beef fry, Avial, Vanpayar (red bean) thoren, Mozhu curry, Pachadi, good old Uncle Bens rice, tomato chutney, pickle and papadum and Semiya Payassum for dessert. These are all items you will find at the dinner table every day in any malayalees home—no nonsense, nothing fancy, home cooked food. Was great!
The Ranch at Las Colinas:
When our evening plans changed we googled some nearby steak places and this place came up with good reviews on Yelp. How can you leave Texas without eating steak? It was a good choice.
So what did we order? Elk Tacos- was spicy and flavorful topped with a mango salsa. And the steak—-The best and most expensive steak they had on the menu- 33 oz Wagyu Tomahawk Ribeye for two with mashed potatoes and broccolini. It was the best steak we had ever tasted. We had it medium well and it was melt in your mouth tender. Wagyu is a type of beef raised anywhere outside of Kobe, Japan, raised in very specific conditions to enhance the marbling of the meat. It is one of the most premium types of beef you can buy because of the care that goes into caring for these animals. I think this came from Colorado and not Japan.
Elk Taco appetizers
All in all a relaxing few days in Dallas and some great meals.
- Is Kōbe steak worth it? (lucillew.wordpress.com)