We were fortunate enough to be invited to a “soft open” for the brand new True Food Kitchen benefiting one of my favorite organizations Cafe Momentum*. The concept of trying a new restaurant in exchange for donating to one of my favorite organizations was too tempting to pass up. Like pigs in a blanket, we couldn’t help ourselves… Seriously, those things are like crack! If my boss is reading this… I’m not addicted to crack, but if you decide to test me for pork I’m totally screwed.
True Food Kitchen is a collaboration between James Beard Award-nominated Sam Fox of Fox Restaurant Concepts fame and world renowned health and nutrition guru Dr. Andrew Weil. The restaurant is based on Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory nutritional guidelines and it tries to provide healthful, nutrient rich foods without diminishing taste. Anyway, on to the food.
*Quick side note, if you don’t know anything about Cafe Momentum, please take a moment and check them out. They are changing the lives of underprivileged kids in DFW by helping them develop their passion in food and to stand on their own two feet.
We decided to start the party off with a few cocktails. We ordered the Green Grape Acai Mojito (Crusoe Organic Spiced Rum, VeeV Acai, Muddled Green Grape, Plum Bitters) and Cucumber Martini (Ketel One Vodka, St. Germain, Pineapple, Cucumber). Each cocktail was very unique in flavor and exceptionally delicious. Fare warning the mojito doesn’t taste like the sugary sweet concoctions you’ve seen elsewhere (and it doesn’t look like dirty dish water). Still, it’s definitely worth a try for mojito and non-mojito lovers alike!
We also decided to give one of their “Natural Refreshments” a try. The Medicine Man (Sea Buckthorn, Pomegranate, Cranberry, Black Tea & Soda) was really tasty for a cocktail with no booze in it. And I don’t know what Sea Buckthorn is, but it’s supposed to be good for me and it tastes just like carbonated pomegranates and cranberry juice. Who knew?
The menu is full of options with worldly influences. From Miso Soup to Street Tacos, they have incorporated tasty dishes from all over the globe, but with a twist. After much debate, we decided to try the Edamame Dumplings with Daikon Radish and White Truffle Oil.
The dumplings were rich in flavor. The two of us devoured the whole dish in just seconds. They were filled with a smoothly pureed mixture of Edamame, butter and a little cream, with a slight hint of white truffle oil. We said healthful, not low calorie
Grass Fed Bison Burger
Next came the Grass Fed Bison Burger with a side of sweet potato hash and the best damn Kale Salad I’ve ever had. I mean seriously, I am not a kale fan, but this was fantastic. The burger is very good and flavorful. And it didn’t leave grease dripping down my chin, which is usually my go-to move with the ladies.
Then we tried the Roasted Chicken with Butternut Squash, Spinach, Farro, Preserved Lemon, Feta & Cannellini Bean Puree. I generally don’t like to order chicken at restaurants, but this sounded too good to pass up. The chicken was perfectly moist and the skin… oh the skin… I can’t even describe it without being inappropriate. Each of the accompaniments were muy deliciouso on their own, but they made extra tasty flavor bombs when paired with each other!
Chia Seed Pudding
The meal was brought to an interesting end with a dessert I’ve never seen before, Chia Seed Pudding with Bananas and Coconut shavings. Apparently Chia Seeds are not just for green Afros and Duck Commander beards anymore… Chi-Chi-Chi-Chia! The texture was like a hybrid of tapioca and banana pudding. I, personally, wasn’t a big fan of it. But my wife gladly took the bowl and nearly licked it clean.
Based on what we experience, I would describe the food at True Food Kitchen clean and well thought out. The flavors were multifaceted and the menu is diverse enough to please just about any palate… I’m looking at you herbivores. It seems like Sam Fox has a hit on his hands. But, don’t take my word for it. Go there yourself and give it a try. They are officially open today!
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True Food Kitchen – 8383 Preston Center Plaza Drive Dallas, TX 75225