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Dali Wine Bar Restaurant, Dallas and Kenzo Sushi Bistro, Katy.
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Dali Wine Bar Restaurant
Dallas Given the restaurant’s moniker, you might expect some surreal artwork—melted pocket watches or the world cracking open like an egg. But this intimate bistro at One Arts Plaza is Daliesque in name only. Chef Joel Harloff, formerly of the Warwick Melrose Hotel, is offering up mainstream dishes such as a Tuscan salad of arugula, pine nuts, and slivers of Granny Smith apple in a dressing of olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar. His pan-seared halibut comes with a champagne-dill pan sauce and interesting sides, like a zucchini-and-celery sauté and fregola sarda (first cousin to couscous) dotted with bits of blood orange. For a pre- or post-symphonic nosh, Dali is a sure bet. Beer & wine. One Arts Plaza, 1722 Routh (469-385-9360). Lunch Mon—Fri 11:30—2:30. Dinner Mon—Sat 5—10:30. Brunch Sun 11:30—2:30. Small plates offered Mon—Sat 10:30—midnight. Reservations recommended. $$—$$$ W+
Kenzo Sushi Bistro
Katy Katyites seem to love this pretty spot with slate-backed water walls, soft lighting, and bamboo accents. The usual sushi options are all fresh and delish, and happily for those who like a little heat applied to their seafood, there are numerous cooked dishes, including appetizers like the seven-spice fried calamari (with ginger sambal and lemon aioli dips) and the Crab Tower, with snow and king crab, mango, cucumber, and avocado. Other choices include lobster ravioli and a nutty seaweed salad with mandarin orange. Shared around the table, several small plates can add up to a satisfying meal. Or have an entrée, like the udon noodles with sliced steak, prawns, and mushrooms, a lively Asian surf and turf. Bar. 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd (281-371-8200). Open Mon—Thur 11—10, Fri 11—11, Sat noon—11, Sun noon—10. Reservations recommended. $$—$$$ W+