Once again, Kent Rathbun has made an impression on my taste buds.
Abacus, the long-time Dallas icon of luxurious cuisine, also makes a mean martini. The atmosphere in the bar area is formal but welcoming. The connected couches mimicing tables create a homey feel without being casual — but you must dress to impress here (though I’ve never understood what EXACTLY that term means when clubs say it).
I met a friend for a late night drink and snack on a Wednesday. Abacus has responded to the floundering economy by creating an extra happy hour (late night at that!) and added the great Wednesday night special of an extra 1/2 off of the food at the bar – which is incredibly good.
We each had a sushi roll and a martini; both were brilliant. The generous portion of sushi could have been an entire meal (for a girl at least) and was only $9 and was some of the better sushi I’ve had in a while and it wasn’t even at a Japanese restaurant. The martini: perfection.
I personally don’t think you can go wrong with one of their specialty cocktails and the waiters will ensure you order a drink that you are going to love. What great people, eh?
Overall … make this a must-try for a late dinner (especially on a Wednesday). You won’t regret it.
Monday-Friday | 5-7 p.m., 9 p.m.-close | $2 off beer, wines by the glass, and cocktails | 1/2 price sushi, 9pm-close
Wednesdays | 1/2 off bar food menu