Dish 1: Salt and pepper calamari
Dish 2: Chicken and cheese quesadillas
Dish 3: Shredded Pork Tacos
Dish 4: Baby Back Pork Ribs
Dish 5: Tempura Barranmundi
Dish 6: Dallas Wings
Dish 7: Corn and Crab Fritter
Dish 8: Beef Fajitas
Dish 9: Breaded Mushrooms
Being overwhelmed by the varied taste of food, I think it would only be fair to give an overall opinion of this food sampling season. I would say that the selection would be great for a gathering and for munching as you chat. There was nothing fanciful or extraordinary about the food except that it was well fried and mildly seasoned.
I would like to highlight the baby back pork ribs which is served in 3 flavors – Fiery, Alabama and Smoked Hickory BBQ. It’s lightly seasoned to retain the pork taste, tender and slightly sweet.
Overall too much fried food for this selection but I guess if you order one or two dishes to coup with your liquor, the finger food at Dallas probably won’t disappoint.
My second participation to LIC's outing and I must say it was a good meet-up. From my previous experience, in the event of food tasting, it would be fairer to the restaurant to give an overall experience and like Yuan, I shall just highlight a few of my favourite dishes.
I must say it was nice of Jason to introduce the style of cooking, the type of ingredients and the sauce Dallas' chefs has whipped up. Although the staff were alittle shorthanded but it was still a good experience to feel the ambience of the place and what the restuarant get to offer.
Kicking up the 9-dish food tasting, it was good that Dallas started with their signature dish, Salt & Pepper Calamari. Unlike the conventional squid rings, the squid were huge, tender and juicy but alittle oily. Quesadillas has always been my favourite and this did meet my expectation. The proportion of cheese goes pretty well with the flour tortillas and turn out to be the best among the wraps (i.e. Chicken Tacos and Beef Fajitas).
Having ate ribs from Tony Roma's, Bobby Rubino's and Dan Ryans, I must say that the flavours Dallas offer is impressive. Before touching on any flavours, the baby back ribs was tender and moist to my liking. Fiery adopts a sweeter and more ketchup-y taste (close to Tony Roma's), Alabama with a smokier BBQ sauce (similar to Dan Ryans) and Smoked Hickory in between. Being a fan of Bobby Rubino's ribs, my choice is the Alabama.
I realized the bulk of the food served were bar food and thus was cloying towards the 5th dish but apart from the mentioned 3 dishes, the Breaded Mushrooms with Cheese & Garlic Mayonnaise and Corn & Crab Fritters with Chilli Glaze were worth a try. Although Bobby Rubino has a better version of breaded mushrooms, Dallas does it nicely with melted cheese in the centre. Corn & Crab Fritters, breaded potato cakes were light and not-as-oily as the other fried food.
Overall, I have enjoyed myself and it was nice to meet FatPig (Timeless facade), Elaine (Divine Essentials), Caterine (Camemberu), Keropokman (Singapura Daily Makan Photos) and good old buddies, Evan, Elaine (Simply Etel), Weili, Brad and Sihan.
Some of the other coverage of this outing,
LadyIronChef - Dallas Restaurant & Bar: LIC food outing
Camemberu - Dallas Restaurant and Bar
AromaCookery - Dallas Restaurant & Bar
Singapura Daily Makan Photo - Dallas Restaurant & Bar at Boat Quay
Timeless Facade - Dallas Restaurant and Bar
Jaime-La-Nourriture - Dallas Restaurant & Bar
Dallas Restaurant & Bar
31 Boat Quay,
Tel: 6532 2131