A gem on a street known for gems.
I was downtown and hungry and remembered passing a Mexican-French fusion place on my way to my favorite coffee shop just down the road. I stopped in, sat outside as the sun was setting, and ordered the chicken with chile sauce, garlic potatos, and ratatouille. It seemed like an odd combination, but I immediately loved it. made for a perfect night.
Soley focuses on unique juxtapositions, combining delicate balance with boldness, and everything on their menu reflected this well. The chicken nailed it. The dessert was also delicious and interesting.
Waitstaff was very knowledgable, friendly, and low pressure. Wine selection was good, with some unexpected options. Prices were reasonable.
I will be back soon!
Outstanding food in a charming neighborhood. My husband and I have been to Soley several times for lunch and dinner. My husband took a business associate there for lunch and both felt they had the best seabass they had ever had! We have tried several dishes and all have been wonderful but I HIGHLY recommend the tuna ceviche(WOW), pepito sandwich (steak sandwich), salmon with jalapeno risotto and the exquisitely marinated pork chop that was served with mushrooms in a wine sauce. (My words do not do it justice) Everything we have had has had flavors that are perfectly balanced without any one spice/flavor overpowering the other. We would highly recommend Soley for lunch and dinner.
A truly fantastic meal. My husband and I recently moved to Dallas from Chicago, where we love Rick Bayless' Frontera Grill and Topolobombo. Soley, which is in our neighborhood, was EXTREMELY impressive when compared to (what we think are) our high standards. We ate the Valentine's Day menus, and his fish and my steak were some of the best entrees we've ever had. Coupled with a chic and comfortable atmosphere and not having to wait for hours for a table, we'll be coming back as often as we can.
Best kept secret. Unbelievable! Our second trip there and can't wait for the next. Service from our waiter, Cesar, could not have been any better. Chowder was impeccably flavored and foie gras was cooked perfectly. Had the filet and the lamb and both were outstanding. Living in Florida, it is rare that one gets such a dinner of this caliber...booking my trip back and Soley will be my first stop!
The Best Restaurant in Dallas?.
Last night, I had one of the best meals I've ever had in Dallas. My wife and I went to Soley, a restaurant that mixes the best of Mexican cuisine with French flair and presentation. The restaurant itself is somewhat inconspicuous, on Henderson next to The Capital Pub, and the sign and exterior don't really do it any favors. Once inside, however, you are in excellent hands. Service is among the best in the city, and while the atmosphere won't overwhelm, it is classy and allows the real star, the food, to shine.
We started with a Tuna Tartare and a Tilapia Ceviche. The tuna, with citrus vinaigrette and avocado, was one of the best things of its sort I've tried. For the main course, I had a red-snapper with a cilantro risotto in an artichoke broth. It was heavenly. The snapper was cooked tenderly and to perfection. My wife had the Chilean Sea Bass with a Nopalito crepe which was also outstanding. The dessert was also divine. We had the Chocolate Chaud, which was plenty to split and the warm chocolate cake was perfectly paired with the berries and the dab of ice cream.
This place is not the cheapest on the block, but no one will leave with regrets. I am just stunned that this place hasn't been hyped any more than it has. This is the first review of a restaurant I've ever written, so you can tell the impression it's made. Give it a shot.
I love French and Mexican cuisine, but typically am not a fan of "fusion food" which always seems less than the sum of its two parts. But somehow Soley! pulls it off in grand manner. Anticipating a crowd we arrived at opening time (5pm) on Saturday to a classy but comfortable decor, somewhat reminiscent of hip neighborhood restaurants you find in the Northwest and San Francisco, you may know what I mean.
The scallop ceviche and salmon tartar appetizers were very light and refreshing. The scallops were citrusy with a tinge of serrano chile and the salmon had a hint of truffle oil. My wife had the duck breast and asked for the red-beet potato puree on the side because she'd rather starve than be beet'n. The waiter asked if she would rather have the jalapeno-cilantro risotto instead, which was quite the coup in her opinion. I sampled both the duck and risotto and will definitely order it in the future.
I was somewhat disappointed that the chiles en nogada was only an appetizer because I had read a few great reviews about this dish. I've only had something like this in Santa Fe about ten years ago. Imagine a very lightly fried chile relleno with a creamy, nutty and sweet sauce. I have been on a quest in search of this sweet and savory combination with absolutely nothing coming close, until now. I asked if I they could make an entree out of this for me and the waiter said what about a double order? Another coup. Soley's version stuffs the poblano with duck confit accompanied by a walnut cream sauce and pomegranite reduction. It (doubly) surpassed my expectations. For those of you who eschew the standard over-battered relleno must give this a chance.
We asked for wine pairings with our meals and were very pleased with an Argentinian Malbec and a very surprising Mexican Chardonnay. Desserts were an apple tart and churros with a hot chocolate dip which finished off a very great experience. Please try this place folks, Soley is an absolute gem.
Stay away from the Playdough fuschia potato. I went last week and the place was barren, it seems not many people know about this place. Upon arrival we were seated by a girl with a cook 's jacket which seemed rather odd for a restaurant of this caliber. The food was really tasty with exception for the duck which had a mish mash of flavors. The potato puree was fuschia and served with burnt fruit, not at all appetizing. The wine list is rather small and the wait staff seem rather pushy. A tad too expensive for everyday but the Snapper dish is too good to forget.
Hi, I am so sorry, that your experience was not at all pleasant, I am the one that sitted you, I am the owner and the Pastry Chef, that's why I have a Chef's jacket.
We are making changes on the menu and on the service too.
I hope I'll be seating you next time. not all the time you get to be seated by the owner.
Thanks for your review.
One of my best experiences in Dallas. Upon out arrival we were quickly sat and greeted by the wonderful staff. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and perfectly attentive. To our suprise, this friendly service was followed by one of the best meals we have had in Dallas. Everything we ordered was the best we had ever had and to top it off we were greeted by both Chef's (you should read about their story) at the completion of our meal as they checked to make sure everything had gone well. Would reccommend for anyone and will definately be going back!
this is what weve been waiting for. Wow, we had gone in one night and the food was excellent but the service was lacking.Now they have a new server who is fantastic.Leticia was fun, comfortable and made our night very special.As always the food was fresh beautifully presented and the wine she suggested was a perfect mesh. I am so excited to have this new rrestaurant to go to now,and i cant wait to take everyone i know.When you do go ask for Leticia or Raul and youll have a perfect begining to the perfect night out.also ask for the jalepeno margarita and try the lamb!!!!
Great experience!!!. You have to try this place, I went with my friends to the happy hour, they actually have small portions of the appetizers in their menu, they were amazing, and the drinks were top of the line, they have full bar and the sangria was one of the best in my life, better than any tapas bar that I know in Dallas, don't forget to ask the waiter for the drinks of the day, like the jalapeno margarita on the rocks, spicy but you can't stop drink it, hurry up before this place gets packed.
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