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EASTER BRUNCH DINING IN DALLAS April 20, 2011

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Bites and Bytes to Go

A dash of that, a dish of this.  Easter is on the way and so are some other good wine and food events.  Here’s what we know today.

Enjoy Easter dining at:

Dish has a fabulous three-course Easter brunch for $25 per person.  Add $10 for bottomless Mimosas, and $5 Bloody Mary’s.

Nick and Sam’s has a fabulous sounding brunch for $65 per person, or $25 for kids 12 and under.  They’ll also be featuring lots of fun activities for the kids including cotton candy, face painting and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

The new Watel’s Bistro in East Dallas is offering its full menu plus egg dishes.   Three courses for $29 and four courses for $34.  It’s great having the old York Street space re-visioned as Watel’s.  You’ll find them at 6047 Lewis Street at Skillman.  Reservations are required at 214 720 0323,or by email: mail@watels.com.

Previous Easter brunch recommendations and listings can be found at this prior “Wining and Dining with Jim White” posting, or this one.

Chef Bruno Davaillon writes to tell us about his special event to salute Earth Day this Friday at the beautiful Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.  Quoth the chef:  “In honor of Earth Day, this Friday we’ll be serving a one-of-a-kind five-course tasting menu highlighting local and sustainable ingredients served by candlelight on the Mansion Restaurant Terrace. I’m excited about this menu, and I hope you’ll join us for this one-night-only event. And it’s not just about the food, sommelier Michael Flynn has picked out some great, organic wines to pair with the menu.”

Earth Day Tasting Menu

Smoked Sturgeon, Local Beet, Horseradish, Salmon Roe and Texas Grapefruit

Chicken Liver Flan, Creamy Morels, Ramps, Green Pea and Quail Egg

Lobster, Caramelized Turnips, Radish, Cilantro and Sweet-and-Sour Jus

Grass-fed Rib-eye, Sage Gnocchi, Texas Kale and Bordelaise Sauce

Old-fashioned Rice Pudding, Passion Fruit and Caramel Foam

Hope to see you soon. Salut!

Chef Bruno, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, 2821 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75219, 214.443.474.

Ceferino Zambrano at Zambrano’s Wine Cellar alerts us to a special tasting he doing on Tuesday April 26th called “Northern California Stars Wine Tasting” featuring some of his favorites at his cool wine bar in downtown Fort Worth.  On tap for tasting:

2008 Barnett Family, Savoy Vineyard, Chardonnay

2006 Marimar Estate, Russian River, Pinot Noir

2007 Ridge, Lytton Springs, Dry Creek Valley, Zinfandel

2007 Rombauer, Napa Valley, Cabernet

Paired with cheeses, only $25 *plus tax & tip

Make your reservation today! Seating is limited!

Oh, and Friday April 29th, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in Dallas is featuring a Dunn Vineyards Wine Dinner, featuring winery principals Randy Dunn and Kristina Dunn Buchanan.  Get details and reservations for the dinner here.

WATEL’S BISTRO REVIEW BY JIM WHITE April 6, 2011

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Whiling Away the Minutes at Watel’s Bistro

Oh, how I love good timing. You’re always at risk when you decide to “pop in” for dinner without a reservation on Friday night.  I told you last week about our happenstance discovery that René Peeters had quietly opened his new Watel’s Bistro in East Dallas (in the former York Street space) with nary a word to the media.  It was late on a Saturday when we tip-toed over the threshold to high-five the hard working restaurateur.  The lateness of the hour dictated a postponement on dining at the new place, however.  So, I was hopeful that our impromptu visit this time would allow us to sample his varied menu.  Curbside parking right outside the front door of the restaurant was a good sign.  Maitre d’ Peeters greeting us at the front door was another positive development.  I was almost embarrassed to ask about a table for two at 6:45–especially when the place seats only around 30.  Our helpful host suggested he could accommodate us, provided we could vacate the table by 8 o’clock.  It seems our post on his opening–picked up by Pegasus News and the Dallas Morning News–had generated quite a bit of interest in the new establishment and he was “slammed” for the evening (a word we love to hear restaurant owners use after the economy they have endured).  In order to comply with René’s request, we quickly focused on the menu–with its two courses for $29; three courses for $35; and four courses for $39 options–and perused the nightly chalk board specials, so that we could place our order with alacrity and make way for the evening’s guests who had been sensible enough to reserve a table.  Instead of being hurried, though, we were offered a nice glass of complimentary bubbly to enjoy (as were all our fellow diners), while we settled into the soft lighting, warm artwork, cozy table environment of the revamped establishment.  Read on to see how our meal progressed.

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Wining and Dining with Jim White March 27, 2011

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Lakewood, the Wait for Watel’s Bistro is Over

It’s funny what a late night gas run can reveal.  My wife and I stopped to re-fuel at the Lakewood Texaco last night, and what did our wondering eyes perceive?  Just across the street, the “coming soon” signs were gone, and the bright neon shone the happy realization that Watel’s Bistro is now open for business in the venerated site of the former York Street.  There was much gnashing of teeth and tearing of cloth when Sharon Hage hung up her toque and closed her wildly popular restaurant about six months ago.

Rene Peeters

In short order, the word was out that Rene Peeters, chef and owner for the legendary Watel’s planned to open an upscale casual bistro in the location.  Foodies have been watching the progress for the last couple of months at 6047 Lewis Street.  Tucked in the glamorous setting between the aforementioned convenience store and the Skillman Zuhdi Texaco Garage next door.  This location of Skillman Avenue and Lewis has been Mecca for food lovers for a decade.  It will be interesting to see how Rene’s interesting menu mix of Mediterranean cuisine with a touch of the Middle East and Belgium thrown in for good measure will be received.  The hour was late, and we had no time to dine, so I just popped into Watel’s Bistro to congratulate Rene.  He informed me they had just opened, and told no one.  This takes “soft opening” to a new level.  Although just a couple of diners were enjoying the subtle comfort of the comfortably redesigned dining room when we stopped by, I believe word of mouth in the neighborhood will reverberate until the new restaurant is soon bustling just as York Street was.  It is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.  Reservations are available at 214-720-0323.  The menu changes daily with chalkboard specials supplementing the staples.  Rene gave us a copy of the current menu.  Upon review I wished that we had accepted his dinner invitation.  Main dish highlights include Mahi in mild curry and coconut milk, beef kabobs with Mediterranean herbs and couscous, pan roasted scallops, Cuban style pork in onion with orange plantains, a duck breast Tagine, beef hanger steak and bouillabaise.  Starters include Moroccan Chicken, Veal kidneys, and salmon Roesti.  The jewel box of a restaurant only has about 12 tables, and a tiny kitchen.  Ah, but there is magic at this postage stamp sized establishment, and we will definitely be back dining with him often.   We wish Rene well in his new venture.  It’s a welcome addition to the neighborhood.  Here’s a bonus:  if you come for an early dinner, you might be able to get your car inspected or oil changed at the Zuhdi Garage!  Parking is tricky in the neighborhood.  Just a thought.

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