On our last day in Dallas we wanted to have dinner with my aunt and uncle to celebrate both her birthday and Mom's day. I'd been wanting to get the lovely Denise to Mercury Grill ever since my first visit. We made reservations, and I specifically requested NOT to be seated with the smarmy Kenneth who is still serving there.
We arrived and were ushered to a 4-top a bit towards the back and away from the bar area. Our server Randy (will definitely request him again) showed up promptly, answered some wine-by-the-glass questions, and left to get our drinks.
Everything on the menu looked excellent, and upon Randy's return he told us about the specials that evening, and answered some portion size questions from my aunt.
One of the specials sounded too good to pass up...a beef tenderloin topped with dynamite sauce (shrimp, crab, a little mayo and Sriracha hot sauce). Randy indicated that the sauce could be ordered with the fish entrees as well, and my uncle went with the halibut/dynamite combo.
I'd been raving about the Couscous Carbonara since my last visit, so that was ordered with 3 extra forks. It was every bit as good as I remembered, maybe even better. My wife admitted she thought I was crazy when I first described the dish, but seeing the poached egg on top and the dots of black truffle oil around the plate changed her tune immediately. A truly outstanding creation...everyone should have it at least once in their lives.
I also ordered the Heirloom Tomato salad, and was very pleased. Lots of nuggets of creamy and somewhat mild blue cheese, thinly shaved red onion and gorgeous red and golden tomato slices were served up with a light vinaigrette that complemented the ingredients nicely.
My wife questioned Randy about the veal chop and the pork ribeye, and she went with the suggested chop. It was fabulous. My aunt went with the shortrib appy as her entree and was very pleased, just as my uncle was with the halibut.
My steak dynamite was in a word, dynamite! Served perfectly Pittsburgh (charred rare), it was a luscious piece of beef, and the special sauce was excellent. The whole thing was bathed in a cabernet reduction, with some baby vegetables strewn about. Killer dish.
When it came time for dessert, I knew I wanted a soufflé, and went with the coconut version this time. Every bit as good as the chocolate version my first visit, and further enhanced when Randy brought a serving of Grand Marnier sauce to go with the fabulous hot fudge sauce served with the dish. Aunt and uncle split a chocolate banana cream tart, and were nice enough to share...it too was excellent, as was the cheesecake eggrolls ordered by the lovely Denise.
It was a pleasure to enjoy such a fine meal with a truly fine waiter. Randy even brought a freshly chilled martini glass for the missus when her first cocktail sat for awhile as we got caught up on all the family goings on. We commented on that being the first time we had experienced such a thougtful touch to the proceedings.
Mercury Grill is now on the list of regulars for whenever we are in town...if for no other reason than to get some more Couscous Carbonara in our gullets.
Dinner for the 4 of us was slightly under $300 including tip...a pretty darned good value for such a high-style experience. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, as long as you can avoid Kenneth as your waitperson.