We headed over to South Lamar after the movie last night for a late dinner at Amuse. As an aside, that area around Lamar is really coming along. We had not been over there since we considered living in the lofts catering to those who did not want to drive from Plano to work every day. Back in 2000, we decided the area was still a little edgy for us and ended up in a loft in Fair Park instead.
Back to the food. We showed up around 10 pm to a restaurant that was still busy and inviting. I started with the Endive with Dried Apple, Bleu Cheese, Walnut and Bacon Salad. My husband had the "Ham and Cheese" Sandwich (Prosciutto, Gruyere, Basil and Tomato) as an entree and I had the Gnocchi with Sun Dried Tomato and Baby Mushroom Cream. To drink, we had a few glasses of Tamas (I think) Pinot Grigio.
The Endive salad was almost perfect. The bleu cheese tang was nicely balanced by the walnut and dried apple which provided a little sweeter note than fresh apples. I thought it had a little too much dressing which weighed down the other greens that they tossed in with the endive. My husband was able to share the salad with me since the portion size was pretty large.
He really enjoyed the Ham and Cheese sandwich, although he commented that the tomato/basil spread was a little sweet. The steak fries that came with it were basically a whole potato cut into 8 wedges; crispy edges with just the right amount of chunky sea salt.
The gnocchi was good, but the sauce was heavenly. I used the crispy herbed flatbread to mop up the remainders instead of sticking with roasted tomato salsa that came with the bread.
The hostess service was a little spotty, but our waiter was very friendly and helpful. The pinot grigio he picked was very crisp and worked well with the salad.
Here's the link if you want to check it out. http://www.amusedallas.com/index.htm
Since we live downtown, I just like seeing quality restaurants coming down this way and chefs willing to give new areas like Southside a shot. We will definitely go again, although we may try Tryst down the street from Amuse just as a comparison.
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