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Alice

This intimate restaurant, a mile east of downtown, had a following the minute it opened. A glamorous deco bar, palm-leaf wallpaper, gold curtains, and cozy banquettes frame the space nicely; mod pendants lend more retro pizzazz. We arrived five minutes before opening, so the host parked us on the covered patio while the team meeting took place. The charming space nearly enticed us to eat outdoors. Inside, the stunning bar is a focal point of the tiny dining room. Seduced by the hip, clubby vibe, we ordered a tart gimlet and tuna tartare: finely diced bits of tuna and cucumber bound in a lemony aioli, served with taro chips. Curried crab dip was hot and tasty, but the spicy yellow curry threatened to overwhelm the flavor of the delicate shellfish; it came with thick house-made shrimp crackers that half of our table liked. Brussels sprouts aren’t Asian, but glazed in oyster sauce, roasted to a crisp, and sprinkled with sesame seeds, they make a fantastic fusion dish. The sweet-and-soy-glazed salmon filet was beautifully cooked and served with a novel wasabi-spiced edamame puree topped with roasted cauliflower florets. The cake on the dessert menu was from a local bakery, so we opted for house-made mango sorbet, creamy and impressively intense.

City: Dallas

Cuisine:

Drinks: Bar

Price: $$$

Rating: ★★

Address: 1623 N. Hall, Dallas, TX, 75204

Hours: D Tue–Sat.

Phone: 469-872-0001

Website: https://www.alicedallas.com/

Last updated: May 8, 2018