Unpretentious food in a cosy environment … Denise Li can’t wait to go back.
While I first knew about Dallas Restaurant & Bar because of the numerous times I’ve walked by its first outlet at Boat Quay, I’ve never actually tried the food till now. I’m not sure why … I think it’s the outlet’s close proximity to what I call the “bloke bars” at the beginning of the Boat Quay stretch that never compelled me to walk in. Well shame on me for judging a book by its cover, because the food served here is pretty damn good. The restaurant has opened its second outlet at Suntec City Sky Garden, and if you would like to enjoy your meal without raucous shouts and cheers whenever a BPL or rugby match is playing, this is the outlet you should visit.
I stopped by for a tasting a few weeks ago, and found myself so impressed that I couldn’t help but say the following things out loud …
1. When you first walk into the restaurant … “Wah, damn chio!”
High ceilings, polished hardwood floors, leather upholstered chairs … This place looks classy but still has an accessible, welcoming vibe. With daylight streaming in through its wall-to-ceiling windows, grab a seat by the window during the day if you want to take the best possible pics of your food – because we all know a meal didn’t happen unless you post droolworthy pics on Instagram ;). At night, the restaurant has an intimate ambience that makes it perfect for a date. There’s also a small area that can be closed off for small celebrations such as wedding solemnisations.
2. When you peruse the extensive alcohol menu … “Lim ah, lim!”
There is a good enough selection of beers – both on tap and in bottles – to satisfy any beer fan, and you can choose one in eight wines to enjoy by the glass, with prices starting from $13. Most of the wines you’ll find here are from some very good vineyards in Australia and New Zealand, including Vasse Felix and Oyster Bay. The cocktail list is small, but well-curated, with old-time favourites such as Margarita, White Russian, and Dark ‘n’ Stormy. During happy hour from 11am – 8pm, house wines and spirits go for $12++, while you can enjoy Stella Artois on San Miguel on tap for $14++.
3. When these starters arrive at your table … “Mpfwugh”
(Cos you’re too busy stuffing your face, obviously)
Both varieties of tacos at Dallas are a must-try. The Snapper Fish Tacos ($22 for 3; $8 for every additional piece) contains a fresh piece of snapper coated in a light batter and then deep-fried. It’s accompanied by a delish homemade pineapple chutney, then drizzled with Chipotle mayo and garnished with strips of baby radish. So many flavours that it’s definitely a party in your mouth!
For a more sinful option, try the Crispy Pork Belly Tacos ($14 for 3; $5 for every additional piece). Served with guacamole and aioli, we also liked how pickled Spanish onions and fresh jalapeno helped alleviate the heaviness of this dish.
4. When you finally see this amazing platter for yourself … “Wah lau eh!”
Carnivores will find Dallas to be heaven on earth. The Dallas meat platter – $70 for two pax or $130 for four – comes with four succulent meats, including: Grilled Australian lamb cutlets; Pork ribs either marinated in a tangy sweet berry glaze or fiery BBQ sauce before being slow-cooked for two hours; Rotisserie chicken that’s been marinated in a special sauce overnight before being finished off with a dry chilli rub, then roasted for three hours; and prime rib steak (cooked to medium-rare, of course). All that, plus a generous serving of roasted potatoes.
The meats were faultlessly prepared, and we liked that the lamb cutlets didn’t taste or smell gamey at all.
5. When you find out about their weekend promo … “Yippee!”
Singaporeans can’t resist a good deal and the one at Dallas is one you’d want to tell your friends about. On weekends, during lunch (12pm – 3pm) and dinner (6pm – 10pm), you can enjoy a FREE FLOW of their prime rib steak and fries for just $35++ per person. For reservations, visit their website, or call 6333 4068.
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This was a hosted food tasting. This post was neither paid for nor advised by Dallas Restaurant & bar or its PR agency. All opinions are the author’s own.
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16 Nov 2016