While it's not open yet, last night was the special VIP tasting night for the (soon to be) new Henderson Ave hot spot. A host of owner Tristan Simon's close friends and other Dallas glitterati were there. Naturally, TSG was in attendance.
First, let me start of by saying that the place looked great. They have really taken the time to finish the space out. It's not all rich, dark, wood like a steak house. It's more American casual. Very stylish nonetheless. There are three distinct areas. A front/ reception lounge/ bar area, the main dining room lined with booths down one wall and the kitchen running down the other, and the back room, which gives the illusion of a covered patio (ala Fireside Pies) but is a totally enclosed room with its own bar.
The menu is diverse and has a wonderful T Bone steak, Lamb Chops, Chicken, and Fish. I recall the most expensive entree was $50.00 and the cheapest entree was like $18. My favorite thing was the spicy sea bass. I know "flawless" is so overused and trite, but I think it's well deserved in this case. Succulent diver scallops, mussels and clams in a rich yellow tomato broth, flanked the crusted sea bass topped with moist crab meat. It looked like a stuffed crab. I can't say anything bad about it.
The broiled oysters were another excellently executed dish (who'd have thought blue cheese would work here), as was the humongous roast chicken with sea salt fries.
Of the deserts, the Tiramisu cheesecake was awesome. A perfect marriage of two very different deserts, but oddly enough, it worked. It could do without the raisins in the overly sweet (bordering on honey tasting) caramel sauce, but that's easily fixable.
The only let downs were the "bungalow" salad (too many textures and flavors (pecans, avocado, lettuce), and not quite hot or cold, leading to a lukewarm presentation) and the grilled artichokes, which were a little tough and too difficult to eat.
The wine list is 100% American and has the usual staples. Nothing too expensive there either. Don't get me wrong. Hibiscus can be a pricey experience (tonight was all compd) but it's more akin to Aurora or even Al Biernat's than Il Mulino, although the lamb chops seemed a little overpriced at $45.00. Like a steak house, the sides come separately ($7-8 each) unless they accompany the dish.
Hibiscus opens for business on February 15th. Hours are 5:00 to 11:00. Valet parking only.
2927 N. Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 827 2927
Enjoy this before it explodes people!