Friday, August 27, 2010

RW Review 2010: The Mansion Restaurant at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

Earlier this week, I got to try another restaurant for Restaurant Week this year! I was lucky enough to get a reservation at The Mansion Restaurant at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek (using my awesome persuasion skills- the place was completely booked at first). The place fully booked up for restaurant week very soon after you could make reservations for it. Let me tell you, it was harder than getting Lady Gaga tickets!

Needless to say, both the exterior and interior of the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek were stunning. My pictures don't do any justice but take a look at their site (link attached) for more detailed photos.

Here's one of my own:

There was another huge mansion-looking building nearby (white and HUGE) that I thought was the Rosewood but it wasn't. I love the exterior of this mansion. The orange-y color and the rooftop reminds me of when I lived in Spain and passed by so many homes this color while walking to school. When I'm older, I want some orange-y/Spanish-looking parts on my house (either the walls or roof, I guess).

The interior wasn't bad either. It actually looks REALLY nice... It's a real mansion with a real cute fireplace and real life kitchen and everything! It gave you a very "at-home" feeling but much nicer. Hehe I really loved it. Best-looking restaurant I've been to in Dallas, hands down. (The French Room is pretty darn close, though.)

The walls had little hinges that made it look like there were secret passageways throughout the mansion. Maybe there are. Don't you have to have secret passageways to be a mansion, anyway?

The food was prepared so nice. This place really concentrates on display.

1st course: House-made Salmon Gravlax, fennel and citrus salad (above). Effing delicious. Smoked salmon topped with citrus-y sauce and mandarin oranges to balance out the salt and sweet tastes? Whoever invented this is a clearly a genius.

1st course: Watermelon Salad, local feta cheese, crispy prosciutto, pink peppercorn vinaigrette (above). ALSO effing delicious. Before I went, I read a review and someone had written that this watermelon salad alone makes it worth going... I absolutely agree. Watermelon? Yum. Prosciutto? Yum. Feta cheese? YUM. ALSO genius.

2nd course: Boneless Veal Osso Bucco, Texas field bean succotash, natural jus (above). None of us really knew what veal was, we were all just like... "That sounds fancy and we'd get the best bang for our buck if we get that." I don't regret it, it was pretty good. I thought it was a baby lamb but it's actually baby cow (I think?). Either way, it still went in my belly along with the yummy succotash (minus the beans- not a big fan of beans).

3rd course: Chocolate Caramel Tart, soft caramel, chocolate ganache, vanilla ice cream (above). It's prettier than it tastes. Very sweet, wish I had more ice cream.

3rd course: Peach Sundae, vanilla panna cotta, poached peach, almond crumble, peach ice cream (above). This reminded me of a fruit and yogurt parfait because it was very tart. The peaches tasted and felt like they were from the can. Boo. Guess I'm just not really a fan of expensive desserts. I would definitely opt for a chocolate molten cake from Chili's or a Sprinkles cupcake. OOhh, those both sound so good.

Before we left, we took some photos outside of the mansion. Soooo pretty. Before we were able to take enough photos, the valet guy came with our car already. Man, he's quick and we didn't even have to ask him! Wish we had more time. Impeccable service, for sure.

Here's one by the fountain outside of the mansion. Isn't it just lovely?
Willow & Clay Asymmetrical Ruffle Racerback Tunic/Dress (too short for a dress, too long for a shirt- Nordstrom), Jessica Simpson studded peeptoe pumps, Christopher Kahn pale pink leather clutch.

Close-up of my main squeezes that night. The Christopher Kahn pale pink clutch won me over with its smooth, soft leather (also the soft red suede interior and dustbag!). I got it at a consignment boutique I worked at when I was 17 called Jacqueline Jarrot. Retailed at $300something... Luckily, we had a pretty kick-ass employee discount, which saved me a lot. I got a lot of nice, high-quality unique stuff (for pretty cheap!) that I still have and use today. The Jessica Simpson studded peeptoe pumps... Found it (my size, LUCKILY) on the clearance rack at TJMaxx last season!

Anyway, Labor Day's right around the corner! Make use on your white clothes everyday for the rest of the week because you know it's a fashion no-no after Labor Day (not that I always follow the rules!!)! :)


  1. ooohhhh I like the effects you did with the pictures!!

    We aren't looking too shabby ourselves haha :)

  2. I love your dress and shoes!! The food looks delicious and I must go try it after my diet is over, of course! haha...