James Beard nominee John Russ and his pastry chef wife, Elise—who has equally admirable accolades—reign over this bright and light sanctuary for all things good and beautiful. We treated ourselves to the “Feed Me” option, a chef’s tasting menu of seven or so dishes. Our favorites: a spritely salad of sprouts and labneh, sautéed greens with morsels of duck confit, and a perfectly cooked herb-and Parmesan risotto. Just as we thought our meal had come to an end, out came a trio of desserts (including our favorite cajeta-and-meringue-adorned crème brûlée) and a plate of chocolates. It’s entertaining to watch the busy staff, the date-night diners, and bustling chefs in the open kitchen.
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The neighborhood goes global at this citrus-fresh Castle Hills spot.