A few weeks back my wife and I dined at Bijoux and opted for the nine course tasting menu. We both agreed that it was one of the finest meals we have had in Dallas (or anywhere else for that matter) in several years. Every course save one was stellar. I will hit the highest points.
The second course was a mind blowing corn and coconut chowder topped with girolles mushrooms and caviar and paired with a 2005 Joesph Drouhin "Laforet" Chardonnay. Perfect.
Fourth course was an eastern spotted skatewing with bacon, frisee and tomato paired with a 2004 Four Graces Pinot from the Williamette Valley. Fifth was a Texas quail with figs and onions served with a 2005 Rosenblum Zin from California. I liked the Pinot better with both the skatewing and the quail but my wife preferred the Zinfandel so it worked out great.
Our sixth course was perhaps the best of the evening--a very generous serving of Hudson Valley fois gras with caramelized peaches and a Szechuan peppercorn gastrique. This was paired with a 2004 Chateau Rieusec Sauternes. If I have had a better dish in Dallas in the last few years I have forgotten it. The fois gras alone is worth a detour to Bijoux.
The next dish was a perfectly done medium rare beef tenderloin with caramelized hearts of palm and twice baked fingerling potatoes which was paired with a 2004 Gundlach Bundschu "Block 13" Cabernet.
The only less than wonderful course was dessert which was a trio of dishes that were all good but not, in my opinion, up to the standards of the earlier eight courses.
For you that have never been there, the room is gorgeous and the service impeccable. Chef Scott Gottlich (formerly of Lola) constantly circles the room making sure that each course is just as he wants it and that each diner is enjoying the meal. Bijoux is certainly at or near the very top of the Dallas dining scene. I would never try to compare it to Lola because I am simply not an unbiased reviewer--I have had way too many great meals and too much great wine at Lola to say that any place in Dallas is better. Still, if you are into fine dining and live in or will be in Dallas soon you must try Bijoux.
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