In this special weekly feature, “Today” food editor Phil Lempert brings you recipes “stolen” (with permission) from notable restaurants across America. See how much fun you can have (and money you can save) by cooking these dishes at home.
THIS WEEK: Asparagus and wild mushroom salad with tarragon vinaigrette and eggfrom Scene Restaurant and Lounge in Dallas.
This week’s recipe for asparagus and wild mushroom salad with tarragon vinaigrette and egg was “rustled” from chef Blaine Staniford at Scene Restaurant and Lounge in Dallas. At Scene you can sit back and relax at your table whilst watching the chef preparing your food in the kitchen, as he creates dishes in front of cameras that project the action high on a large dining room wall. The restaurant’s modern interior, soaring 20-foot ceilings and massive windows are reminiscent of the early 1960s era in which its location, the historic Mosaic Building (in the heart of downtown Dallas just off Thanksgiving Square), was constructed. The “stage kitchen,” a Warhol-esque triptych of Julia Child that keeps watch over the sweeping space and the innovative cuisine make Scene the place to be seen in Dallas!
At Scene, Blaine has created a list of “chef-inspired cocktails.” For example: A thyme and elderflower martini made with Tanqueray Ten, fresh thyme and elderflower or a kumquat mojito with Myers Platinum, fresh kumquat marmalade and mint, and he even makes his own tonic water!
About the chef: Regularly featured on one of Dallas’ top-rated morning television shows, “Good Morning Texas,” Stanford is known for his one-of-a-kind culinary creations, which at Scene are a modern interpretation of European cuisine. Staniford’s innovative Tex-Asian cuisine at sister restaurant Fuse has gained national notoriety and television appearances.
Asparagus and wild mushroom salad with tarragon vinaigrette and eggis served at Scene for $13. This recipe makes four restaurant servings.
Scene Restaurant and Lounge
300 N. Akard St., Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75201
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