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Heads up on Bamboo, Bamboo (Dallas)

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Heads up on Bamboo, Bamboo (Dallas)

Donnie C | Feb 10, 2003 12:29 PM

Many Dallas chowhounds know the story of Voltaire-expensive land, even more expensive decor (Chihuly art, etc)and the weird way the restaurant evolved in one direction (slowly downhill from an upscale starting point) and the bar in another (ending with the disco, happy hour hors d'oevres as dinner crowd.) A recent change to an Asian menu and concommittant name change to Bamboo, Bamboo (while removing the expensive art and adding cheasy "canoes" to the top of any flat surface higher than your head) did not right the "ship". Most recently, the owner transferred operations to the Cuba Libre group, who in my opinion run a good show, and who will continue with the Asian fusion theme. I ate there last week and I think they are on the right track. Menu is new (still printed on paper) but quite good. The appetizers like Tuna tartare are huge and perfect. Even your basic 3 skewer chicken satay was heightened by a yummy asian dressed mound of fresh greens that made the dish a mini-meal by itself. The entree list includes 3 versions of beef, of which two were tried and greatly enjoyed.
My point to you all is as a "heads up". Bamboo, Bamboo has changed management and much to the better. Try it early before it gets reviewed and the chef moves on the next corporate project. I think you will be pleased with the food and the prices. Two appetizers and a glass of wine each and you are all in for a total under $30.
P.S. You may rememeber Voltaire's prodigious wine list, well it's still there and well tended by the new corkdork.

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