I’ve lived in Dallas for 13 years now; that’s enough time to have at least heard about most of the restaurants in my purview … at least that’s what I’d imagined. I was recently invited to a “power lunch” at The Conservatory at the Hotel Crescent Court, a place of which I’d honestly never heard. First, I assumed it was a new spot, then I realized that I was just really out of the loop. Now, my eyes have been opened. The Conservatory has joined the ranks of the Zodiac Room, Mercat Bistro, and T Room in my mind and given me a new “ladies who lunch” spot.
The Conservatory has been operating in the Crescent for years tucked in the back corner of the hotel. It’s a lovely spot with floor to ceiling glass perched on a courtyard complete with a waterfall and fountain. It’s a quaint yet luxurious little spot that I’m delighted to have discovered.
Any good “ladies who lunch” spot needs a decent drink menu (or a bartender who is willing to try some more adventurous things out). I started with the a Hendrick’s cocktail that paired the botanical gin with tea and cucumber and was delightful, but I drank it too fast to get a picture. To finish the meal, I skipped dessert (because I’m trying to lose weight … duh) and ordered a cocktail, but wanted to get a little crazy and test the bartender. I asked for a Patrón Reposado Sidecar, and it was executed beautifully.
The dishes offered range from light salads like their to-dieeeee-for Roast Beets & Texan Burrata made with perfectly ripe beets, goat cheese, and citrus. Their Baby Arugula with watermelon radish was just as delicious and gorgeous with the perfect amount of dressing drizzled playfully yet conservatively over the top. They also offer a full breakfast every day until 11am with some stand out options like their Biscuits & Gravy Benedict. It was my absolute favorite dish of the day and took me back to my childhood thanks to the peppery, light gravy and braised pork. It was delicious … but just a little less Instagrammable than the salads.
They brought out some more substantial items like the House-made Potato Gnocchi and the Crispy Red Snapper. I usually actively dislike gnocchi, and I’ll be back for this dish. It was the lightest gnocchi I’ve ever tasted and the potato was the perfect texture.
If the pictures don’t say it enough, this place was amazing. I was so delighted to find a new spot and cannot wait to make a return visit. (I also just got wind that they have a full afternoon tea, which I hope to try out soon!)
400 Crescent Court (in the Hotel Crescent Court)