I know we all have that long list of restaurants we “HAVE” to try. Between Kelsie and I, our list is basically never-ending. And yet, any time we try to think of somewhere new to go for dinner, I totally draw a blank. Salum had been on that list for quite some time, and considering we live right around the corner from this gem of a spot, it’s a little crazy we hadn’t visited yet. We recently checked Salum off our “must-try” list and got to taste the best of the best in celebration of its 11th anniversary. Salum is a little outside of the restaurant-riddled Uptown/Downtown area, and driving by the unassuming façade, you probably wouldn’t guess what amazingness lies inside. Dim lighting, white tablecloths and intimate seating – this place exudes simple elegance. If you’re headed in for date night (great choice), see if you can snag the corner booth in the back right – cozy with a prime view of the whole place. I’m also a huge fan of the open kitchen and chic bar with a mirror backdrop. Speaking of the bar…you MUST start out with their dirty martini made with Belvedere + blue cheese olives.
We were instantly impressed by the fact that Salum changes its menu monthly to ensure each dish features the best local flavors of the season. Some of the most popular items, such as the foie gras and rack of lambs, are mainstays on the menu, because, well they’re just that good. Since the restaurant celebrated its 11th year in Dallas this September, we were lucky enough to get a taste of the best dishes from the past year’s various menus.Narrowing down our picks was nearly impossible considering every. single. item. looked phenomenal. Our amazing waitress (shout out, Rachel) expertly guided us through the menu and suggested we start with the foi gras and Vidalia onion tartine.The foi gras was covered in a sweet peach liqueur reduction and literally melted in the mouth. The tartine was crispy and golden with a soft center and played the perfect host to creamy, tangy Texas goat cheese.
After much deliberation and indecisiveness, we decided to get a little taste of a few different entrees per Rachel’s advice. Each entree was SO delicious we could’ve easily cleaned our plates… but we realized eating five entrees between two people might be slightly ridiculous. Also, they would’ve had to roll us out. Guess we’ll have to return soon to finish every last bite ;).The rack of lamb coated in a djion truffle crust was honestly out of this world, and we couldn’t get enough of the coconut curry sauce drizzled over the pan seared scallops.An obvious favorite was the perfectly cooked tenderloin nestled between cheesy mashed potatoes and chicken fried chanterelle mushrooms. As an added bonus, Rachel insisted we try the fried chicken and we’re so glad we indulged. Yall. This fried chicken was crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside and smothered in the most delicious Texas peach & whiskey sauce.Did I mention each course was perfectly paired with wine thanks to our vino expert?Do your best not to totally fill up on the apps and mains, because ‘zerts (desserts lol) are waiting for you at the end. Since we were essentially in a food coma at this point, we left dessert totally up to our very capable server and sommelier who brought out the bourbon bread pudding and cherry pecan brownie. Usually not a fan of bread pudding (it’s a texture thing), but this bread pudding may have officially changed my mind. If you’re chocoholic, or just looking for something sinfully sweet – the brownie is all yours.
All said and done, Salum was simply amazing and we’re looking forward to frequent visits to a new neighborhood fave. I mean, if the menu changes each month, its the perfect excuse to go back regularly, right?