My husband and I like to go all out for our anniversary dinners. This year, we chose to celebrate at Salum, and we were not disappointed. I made my reservation on Open Table, and requested a tasting menu by the chef if possible. I forgot about this request until our server asked if we were still interested in doing a tasting. Absolutely! With so many appealing options on the menu, we happily put ourselves in their hands. Five courses later, we were thrilled with our decision
First course -- tempura fried pequillo pepper stuffed w/ crawfish in a cream sauce. So so good. The tempura batter was light and lacy but held its integrity even in the cream sauce. The pepper was sweet, the crawfish was rich and buttery. The sauce was so good that my husband used the delicious olive bread to enjoy every drop of the sauce.
Second -- baby arugula, prosciutto, tuscan melon on a birds nest w/ champagne vinaigrette. Wow! The first bite of this salad had such impact with so many assertive flavors working together. The dressing was fantastic, playing perfectly against the peppery bite of the greens. While classic and straight-forward, this was my favorite dish of the night. It was perfect.
Third -- grilled swordfish over tabbouleh topped w/ heirloom tomatoes. Simple, flavorful, perfectly cooked, dressed lightly with olive oil. I loved this dish because it was so light but with an interesting play of textures.
Fourth -- grilled beef tenderloin w/ roasted fingerling potatoes and purple dijon mustard. Each component was perfectly prepared, but the sauce was again the star. The beef was both fork-tender and flavorful.
Fifth -- layered devils food cake w/ milk chocolate and nutella icing. Great chocolate cake, perfect w/ a well-made cup of coffee.
We loved everything about Salum, but we were most impressed w/ the quality of service. WOW! Informative, unobtrusive, great wine suggestions. Some of the best service of any restaurant we've tried in Dallas.
Having tried most of the top end Dallas restaurants, I'd put Salum up there with Craft and Abacus. I enjoyed it more than Fearings or Stephen Pyles. Our fantastic meal, with 5 courses and drinks, came to only $130 before tip -- a steal for what we got! That's less than the per person cost of some of our other anniversary meals. I'm in love with this place and can't wait to go back.
4152 Cole Ave # 103, Dallas, TX 75204