The question I’m asked the most is “What’s a good new restaurant in Dallas?” Fortunately for Dallas residents and visitors alike there are usually at least two new options every 6 months. In this case my new favorite spot is in downtown Dallas on the top floor of a very posh boutique (Forty Five Ten) with a terrace that overlooks the art piece that locals call “The Eyeball”.

The Eyeball

The Eyeball.

I had a feeling that Mirador would be great because of the culinary backgrounds of the two collaborating chefs, Josh Sutcliff (executive chef) and Junior Borges (executive chef of The Joule Hotel). Sutcliff, most recently, was executive chef at Filament and before that worked at FT33, both led by Food and Wine’s Best New Chef-Southwest and James Beard nominee, Matt McCallister. Borges also had a stint at FT33 as executive chef. Prior to that, he was executive chef at Uchi when they earned 5 stars from the Dallas Morning News. Uchi, by the way, is also owned and operated by another James Beard winner, Tyson Cole.

Interior photo credit: Mei-Chun Jau/Paper City Magazine

Enough name-dropping and back to the food! At first glance the menu seems small and a bit common (deviled eggs, Scottish salmon and chicken paillard) but the complex flavors proved otherwise! You could tell that skilled hands and minds crafted the food and cocktail menus.

Everything from the starter of whipped ricotta toast (not pictured because we devoured it!) to the veggie sides were superbly executed with complex but delicate flavors. Some standout items: the grilled okra, the perfect-for-summer squash, tuna crudo and every pasta including the off-the-menu special of beef Bolognese ravioli.

Mirador-1608 Elm St., Dallas www.mirador-Dallas.com

◊GG Tips◊:

  1. Impress your date with a seat on the terrace overlooking the Eyeball, weather permitting.
  2. Don’t skip seeing the sexy design of the lounge. Have a pre- or post-dinner Bourbon and Clove cocktail (their take on an Old Fashion) or The Mirador Mule.
  3. Enjoy lighter fare such as crispy chicken bites, warm olives and cod croquettes in the lounge midday or until 11p (Thursday-Saturday) or visit during lunch (11a-2:30p Monday-Saturday) for budget-friendly alternatives to dinner.