Dee Lincoln's Tasting Room - 3.5 *s
Dee Lincoln was a co-founder of Del Frisco's Steakhouse and left to establish this place. Her first place was at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. We came to the Rosewood location for our first Restaurant Week dinner. I loved the glittery, silver style of this venue. There were dancing images of bubbles on the wall projected by some kind of light. Shiny glitter and silver was the theme of the place. I loved the silver pillows and the paintings of women drinking wine.
The emphasis here seems to be more on hosting events, parties, and perhaps people at the bars. They have wines on display with their prices for 2 ounce glasses, 4 ounce glasses, and 6 ounce glasses. We saw people coming up to these machines, inserting cards, and somehow receiving wine in glasses. According to the website, these are special machines shipped from Italy that deliver customers wine at the perfect temperature. I do think having a small taste of wine sounds great. Dee Lincoln's is one of those places that has that Sex in the City girl talk vibe. Most of the patrons were groups of women tasting wine. There may have been 2 male patrons, other than us, who looked like they were on a date. It would be a great place to host an event or go out for a Girls' Night Out.
However, we did not try any wine, and I am here to review the food. It did have quite an extensive food menu for a bar and would be a great place to go if you're looking for a bar/lounge with good food. They do have a Cigar list on the wine menu. I'm not sure I would pay $20 for a cigar, but that did make me grin. Apparently the owner is a smoker.
The sauce on the shrimp was delicious. I was getting some more bread to dip in it (to feed my addiction), but the waitress had taken away the plate by that time. The shrimp had smokey, salty, awesome flavor and a nice blackening from the grill. Considering that I've never been a huge fan, I'm impressed with any rendition of shrimp that leaves me wanting more. I think the real lesson here was that if you eat here, the Cajun items are the way to go. This item came from the regular menu, not the Restaurant Week menu. I admit, though, I'd be tempted to try the Swedish Meatballs next time. A Sushi Pizza also intrigued me.
|Salumi. Or perhaps Salami?|
|A closeup of the wizened grapes.|
|Ricotta Nudies. Just how I like them. Nude?|
|The Braised Short Ribs. I'm not sure how well this picture|
translated. The sauce on the rice was another addictive sauce.
The Pan Seared Salmon with saffron poached cherry tomatoes and olives was well done. It has a nice crust, and there was that nice soft melting texture to the fish. However, I didn't think it has a huge amount of flavor. Then again, I'm not the fishiest of gals. I love sushi, but if cooked fish isn't flavored well, I tend to become disinterested. Surrounding the fish was a nice oily, and yet vinegary finish that I quite enjoyed. My father, on the other hand, found it unappealing and too heavy on the vinegar.
|It is pretty..|
The Chocolate Espresso Pot De Creme with cocoa nibs and amaretto cookies tasted like espresso. It had the usual thick texture (which I don't mind), was too bitter and didnt do much for me.. If you like things super-dark and actually like the taste of espresso, you will probably be a fan. I drink espresso for the drugs. The cookies were.. cookies. Which is to say, I had a bite and quit. The creme was topped by a whipped cream which also left me apathetic. I do have a high standard for whipped cream. That was once my job in a restaurant - making the whipped cream.
The Lemon Cream Tart with blueberry and brandy compote just tasted like pastry with some lemon cream and berries on the top. It was inordinately dull - just dry flaky pastry. There wasn't nearly enough filling per square inch of dough. Personally I don't expect bread when I order dessert..
The Cheesecake with grand marnier macerated strawberries was definitely my least favorite of the desserts. Yuck. It was basically a bunch of cream cheese on top of graham cracker crums. I honestly dont think I have ever had such a disgusting version of cheesecake. I think maybe it was supposed to be a deconstructed cheesecake? Please. Make a real cheesecake or fly one in from New York. I didn't get to try the strawberries but apparently they were sour. Their eater of the cheesecake likes her strawberries sweet so she wasn't a fan.
The espresso was delicious. The coffee was better than average, and certainly better than Starbuck's.
|Wine machines in the|