The Pyramid Room and Bar located in The Fairmont Dallas hotel has kicked it up a notch with the introduction of its new summer menu.
Warning: The photos in the slideshow will cause drooling.
Rising star chefs André Natera, Paul Peddle and Andrew McDonald along with their staff have created a memorable mouth-watering menu that features the best of summer.
What a better way to start summer than with a refreshing cocktail. The Pyramid Bar mixologist can create the “Art on the Rocks” Cocktail which features Veeve Acai Spirit, Grand Marnier, basil from the hotel’s terrace garden, strawberries and fresh lime. This splashy cocktail was inspired by the glass art frenzy that has taken hold of Dallas. A real summer cocktail that brings cools the heat of Texas is the Pyramid’s Wasabi Martini. It combines cucumber infused Savvy Texas Vodka, wasabi paste, lemon juice and simple syrup.
The next step is to taste an appetizer. The Foie Gras Torchon with apricots, marmalade, pickled blackberries served with brioche are superb. Also the Corn Ravioli with a morel demi glace, creamed corn topped with crispy chicken skin that is thin enough to see through, is also a wonderful taste of summer.
I recommend the watermelon salad that is Ratafia compressed watermelon cantaloupe, honeydew, Brazos Valley feta and mint gelée. Having it with a glass of house made Red Fruit Ratafia will have you appreciate the fruits of summer.
I highly recommend the Pork Belly, Char Siu sauce, peanuts with pickled plums and carrots. Once you taste it, you will know why.
Even if you are not a lover of beets, you will find yourself wondering how the chefs made the Beet and Peach salad so appetizing. The paper-thin beets with peaches, fresh ricotta, arugula topped with champagne vinaigrette is served on black slate.
Want something even lighter then go for the Crab and Avocado Soup with cucumber and lemongrass.
For main courses there are lots of options. From a Niman Ranch Beef Tenderloin or Niman Ranch Rib-Eye to roasted cod, snapper, salmon, duck, chicken, lamb, gnocchi it is hard to decide what to choose.
Everything on the menu is excellent. There are three very notable dishes: The Roasted Lamb with chimichurri sauce, charred onion purée, pickled red pearl onions and smoked mushrooms; the Beef Short Rib with Peanut Crust, Hoisin, Udon, Thai basil and Pho broth; and, the Leek Wrapped Salmon, Miso, Enoki Mushroom, Dashi.
The Roasted Lamb literally melts in your mouth. It is soft beyond tender and smooth with a fine texture. (It made my mouth do a happy dance.)
The Beef Short Rib with Peanut Crust, hoisin, udon, Thai basil and pho broth was a huge surprise. The beef was tender and didn’t fall apart or being stringy. The peanut crust with the hoisin sauce added a wonderful texture and flavor. The udon, Thai basil and pho broth made the dish a true meal. I could easily taste that this is a signature dish of Executive Chef Andre Natera who has a natural ability to successfully marry Asian and American flavors. House Sommelier Hunter Hammett perfectly paired Flat Creek, Super Texas 2010 from the Texas Hill Country with this dish.
The Leek wrapped salmon is a light dish perfect for the hot Texas weather.
As hard as it might be, you should save room for dessert. Those that cannot live without chocolate will be happy to try the Chocolate Amaretto Torte with lemon curd amaretti crumbs and fiore di latte gelato or the Cocoa Nib Dacquoise with salted caramel ice cream, warm chocolate sauce and brandied cherries.
Beautifully presented is the Lemon Verbena Panna Cotta with blackberry consommé, prosecco gelée with elderflower-macerated berries.
The most unique dessert is the Strawberry Gelato. This features grilled black pepper pound cake, strawberry basil gelato, Texas olive oil gelato and sweet mascarpone. This dessert is very unusual and very good.
The entire menu is absolutely outstanding and what one would expect from a 5-star restaurant.
Executive Chef André Natera, Executive Sous Chef Paul Peddle and Sommelier Hunter Hammett did an outstanding job at making dinner an enjoyable dining experience – one that I am proud to share with my readers.
The Pyramid Restaurant and Bar’s menu changes frequently. This is a fine dining establishment. You can expect an entrée to run from the mid $20s to mid $30s.
The Pyramid is located at 1717 N. Akard Street at Ross in Dallas, Texas 75201. For reservations call 214-720-5249 or visit http://pyramidrestaurant.com.
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