Hibiscus Steaks & Seafood; New American 2927 North Henderson, Dallas, TX 214-827-2927
Dallas Restaurant Review:
When it opened 3 years ago, Hibiscus was named by the Dallas Morning News as one of the city's top new restaurants And after you've eaten there, you'll know why.
SETTING - It's wedged in a mix of antique shops, furniture stores, and other restaurants on funky Henderson Avenue, just off North Central Expressway north of downtown Dallas. Several of the places – Cuba Libre, The Porch, Fireside Pies (pizzas) – are affiliated with Hibiscus, creating a certain synergy..
FOOD - With a name like Hibiscus, you might expect Asian food. But they consider themselves to be an "Upscale, Pacific-influenced Chophouse”. Among the appetizers ($12-$15), the All Lump Crab Cake was named "Best In Dallas" by the Dallas Observer. I had to try it to believe it, but they were right. The Lobster Wraps with Sweet Chile Sauce & Ponzu were also good enough to order again. Among the entrees, the 3 Pepper-Crusted Prime Ribeye is outstanding. The monster Short Rib, with a slab of melt-in-your-mouth meat at the bottom, was also memorable. In addition to the steaks, prime tenderloin, and Colorado rack of lamb, there are an equal number of seafood entrees. The Spicy Crab Crusted Sea Bass is one of the standouts. I also like the Center Cut Halibut with Baby Artichoke, Caper, Olive & Tomato Ragout. Entrees are $26-$38. FYI, I saw a huge 3-4 pound lobster sprawled across a platter at twice the price – and reportedly worth it.
WINE – They have an extensive wine list. But be forewarned – there are no inexpensive bottles here. There are quite a few wines by the glass in the $9-$15 range. And I like the large, elegant wine glasses. Their bar is well-stocked, too.
AMBIANCE - Reminds me of Napa Valley -- iron & stone, warm woods and leather, kind of a New American steak place. Very comfortable. Attire: business casual. You can visit their web site here.
RESERVATIONS – May not be necessary on weeknights, but definitely on weekends.
BOTTOM LINE – Hibiscus has matured from the hot new restaurant du jour to a rock-solid, consistent place for a good dinner. When it comes to food and service, Hibiscus delivers.