Some time after the Tasting Room got its five stars from the Dallas Morning News, the Chowhound hype seemed to die down. This was undoubtedly a source of relief to the non-Dallas hounds who were experiencing "Lola fatigue." But the drop-off in posts about the restaurant should not be construed (particularly for out-of-towners looking here for recommendations) as a sign that it is no longer as good or that more recently opened buzz-worthy restaurants are its equal. The Tasting Room is as good as ever.
I've posted a breakdown (with photos) of a recent Piedmont-themed 14-course menu at the link below.
Some highlights of the meal:
Second Course: Vitello tonnato. Chilled slices of veal, broken up with lardons and topped with capers, rested in a puree of tuna, anchovy, lemon juice, and olive oil. I didnt expect a meat course so early in the menu. But the brightness of the sauce and coolness of the veal made it surprisingly light and refreshing.
Ninth Course: Duck with endive and zabaglione. Rosy slices of roasted duck were served over braised endive and topped with a Marsala zabaglione. The sweet zabaglione was unexpected in the savory course. But it played well against the rich saltiness of the duck and the bitterness of the endive. Great flavors.
Fourteenth Course: Necci (pictured below). The necci were chestnut flour crepes that had been filled with a fresh, house-made ricotta and plated with a sauce of butter and chestnut honey. Light and delicately sweet.
For pictures and descriptions of the other courses, see the link below.
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