Reserving a table at Hibiscus restaurant ensures you and your date, group, or if you’re lucky enough your Restaurant Week dinner will go down as one of the best meals you’ve ever eaten in Dallas. Let’s be real, this is one of the most sought after places to be and be seen that DFW has to offer.
From the moment you drop your car off at the complimentary valet, expect to be treated with exceptional class. The gracious hostess is warm and welcoming and eager to seat you at the perfect table or booth. Romantic lighting and an intimate setting create the ideal surrounding for a first date, anniversary celebration, or any other reason to raise a glass and toast to one of the best meals you will have in Dallas.
Speaking of raising a glass, let’s not dismiss the extensive cocktail menu. Pick your favorite spirit and I guarantee Hibiscus restaurant has invented a creation to please all palates. The first drink I was told was a must try was the Pimm’s Cup featuring Pimm’s #1. Never heard of Pimm’s #1? Neither had I! It’s a gin based liquor from England with fruit juices and spices that blends perfectly with the fresh lemon and Fever Tree ginger ale the top notch mixologists craft into a world class cocktail.
When you’re not sure how to begin what you know will be the best meal you’ve had in ages, you ask the knowledgeable waiter for recommendations. Thankfully our server was spot on in suggesting the Olio & Olive Burrata. A fresh and creamy cheese blend served with peaches, aged balsamic, and ciabatta bread. Generally, I go easy on apps to make sure I don’t overdo it before the entrees but this starter didn’t stand a chance! We about licked the bowl!
Next up was the Jonah Crab Toast served with green garlic aioli, radish, and grapefruit. Beautifully presented, this dish was full of flavor and just light enough to warm up those taste buds!
Hibiscus is well known among Dallasites for having an intimate setting, romantic atmosphere, and some of the best menu items south of 635. This became apparent to me when Chef Nicholas Ocando appeared at our table with the Circle 15 Farm Duck. Gorgeously seared sliced duck laid atop a bed of house-made fettuccine, (which if you’ve had homemade pasta, you know how important that distinction is!), English Peas, ramps, (a cousin to the onion), and morels, (a type of mushroom with a honeycomb appearance). Don’t let the unfamiliar components of this entrée intimidate you! It’s easily one of the best served duck options in DFW!
When we thought nothing can possibly what we just ate, Chef floors us with his rendition of Sea Scallops to include citrus, parsnip, Brussels sprouts, and roasted carrots. Lucky for my dinner date there were four pan seared scallops so we each had two and didn’t have to fight over them! The sauce was so wonderful and the best compliment to the dish. This was another plate that devoured within minutes and had us talking about for several days after!
While I’m sufficiently stuffed, drinking my glass of wine, we had to decide on what to try for dessert. Most people think I’m crazy for not loving chocolate cake but when we went for Hibiscus’ German Chocolate Cake I was blown away! This was the BEST I’ve ever tasted Made with Valrhona, a premium French chocolate, this dessert is light and airy, not too rich, with just the right amount of sweetness. Served with blackberries and pecans for the ultimate finish.
If you’re a Hibiscus restaurant regular, don’t worry, your favorite menu items are still around as daily specials!
I received dinner in exchange for my review. All opinions in this post are mine.
Location: 2927 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, Texas 75206
Hours: Mon–Thurs, 5–10pm, Fri–Sat, 5–11pm