2018’s Most Hyped New Dallas Restaurant Is an Escapist Fantasy of Gold, Velvet and French Fare

On the outside of downtown Dallas’ 400 Record Building, a tube of glass ascends from the sidewalk to a dining room perched above. Inside that glass ring, a spiral staircase whisks diners around a sculpture by Jean-Michel Othoniel that resembles a long, glittering necklace.

In a region full of new and inventive ways to enjoy a meal, three North Texas restaurants caught the attention of Texas Monthly for its 2018 10 Best New Restaurants in Texas list.

Come December, my thoughts tend inexorably toward home, and so they turn just as predictably toward France, where I was born, and where the winter season brings memories of firesides and fattened geese. So it felt like an answer to unspoken prayers when chef Bruno Davaillon’s Bullion finally opened at the end of 2017, a restaurant to fill the void where chestnut-stuffed roast game and profite-roles should be.

Dallas may have been largely snubbed in this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards, but we fared pretty well in Texas Monthly‘s list of the 2018 Best New Restaurants in Texas.

 

Dallas has not lacked for new restaurant openings in the past year, but only two made the just-released list of 10 best new restaurants from Texas Monthly: Sachet, the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant from Gemma chef/owner Stephen Rogers and his wife Allison Yoder; and Bullion, the downtown Dallas restaurant from former Mansion chef Bruno Davaillon that offers a lighter take on classic French fare.

The mood a restaurant sets with music is as key to creating an environment as its decor. A recent visit to chef Bruno Davaillon’s opulent Bullion was a prime example of this. The lush vibes of ’70s R&B and Nu Disco tracks not only complemented the lavish midcentury modern space and plates of imaginative French-inspired dishes, it elevated the experience without making it stuffy. We talked to some Dallas chefs and restaurateurs to find out how they chose their playlists.

First dates can be nerve-wracking at best, and downright terrifying at their worst. Choosing the right location for your date night in Dallas is essential. Love is in the air thanks to Valentines Day this week, so take advantage of these stellar spots.

Love is always in the air when you book a table for two at one of these date-night-worthy North Texas eateries, from fancy-schmancy dining rooms awash in white tablecloths to more laid-back venues.

 

February has arrived, which means that it’s time for a fresh update of the Eater Dallas Heatmap, a monthly guide to the city’s hottest restaurants intended to answer the age-old question: “Where should I eat tonight?”

This month’s update brings a few exciting new eateries to the Heatmap, including brand new Japanese restaurant Musume, and Fort Worth’s first outpost of Fixe Southern House, an Austin favorite. As always, we must say goodbye to some newly-opened favorites. This time around, it’s City Hall Bistro and Marrosso Cafe.

It’s been a year since Nick Badovinus opened Town Hearth—a steakhouse serving grilled turf and raw bar surf—to a thankful public in the Design District of West Dallas.

Now word is spreading that the chef-restauranteur will be staking a tasty claim in the old Magnolia oil building at the crossroads of Jackson and Chavez, reports CultureMap. This 29-story Beaux-arts style historic structure is among several notable buildings in a recent sizable swath of acquisitions by developers in the Business District. The news of this opening comes at a time when the area seems to be booming with big names: Chef Graham Dodds oversaw the opening of six (count ‘em) different restaurants inside of The Statler just over six months ago. This was followed by the Michelin star-studded chef Bruno Davaillon opened his French restaurant Bullion closer to the end of 2017