Skip to main content

Dine Lavishly with New Chef + Menu at The Conservatory

I've been captivated by a building since I first moved to Dallas 9 years ago. Absolutely my favorite edifice in the Dallas skyline, The Hotel Crescent Court in Uptown rests royally amid the flourishing 11-acre grounds of The Crescent ©, a mixed-use development. I was delighted to receive an invitation to this stunning hotel to attend a media lunch at their daytime restaurant, The Conservatory, located in a glass-enclosed sunroom overlooking a peaceful courtyard garden area.

Courtyard/garden area- Just to the right inside is the Conservatory
At The Conservatory, breakfast and lunch are served daily, and brunch is served on Sundays. The menu features breakfast staples as well as variety of classic sandwiches, salads, and entrees. They're introducing a new delectable menu that is perfect for ladies who lunch, CEO's on a quick work break, or anyone who adores a fabulous meal in a spectacular setting. (Stay tuned below for photos of what I ate plus more menu details.)

Place Setting 
Inspired by the Royal Crescent in Bath, France, Hotel Crescent Court's neo-French classical design is unmatched by any other building in Dallas. This gorgeous landmark features more than 10 different types of marble from Italy and Spain, and is also believed to possess the world's largest assemblage of cast aluminum from the ornate decor and cascading trellises that adorn the exterior of the hotel.

a small piece of the beautiful Hotel Crescent Court
Later in 2017, Hotel Crescent Court will undergo an unprecedented $30 million renovation to restore the hotel to its original grandeur, staying true to the vision of Caroline Rose Hunt, while also maintaining the integrity of its exquisite architecture. Dallas-based interior designers waldrop + nichols studio will oversee the transformation, which includes the lobby, guestrooms, spa, and meeting spaces.

Another big change at Hotel Crescent Court: the addition of a seasoned new chef. In June of last year. Chef Charlie Rushton was brought in to oversee all things culinary at the hotel. This includes the exclusive, members-only Crescent Club, a 17th floor space with unmatched views of the Dallas skyline.

Chef Charlie Rushton (Photo courtesy of Ari Photography)
"We're excited about the diverse culinary background Chef Charlie Rushton brings to Hotel Crescent Court," said Andrew Davidson, General Manager of Hotel Crescent Court. "With more than 28 years of industry experience spanning three continents, Rushton's fresh, innovative cooking style and creative touches will elevate our hotel and private clubs' fine dining experiences to an even greater level of style and service. Rushton came to Crescent Court from Chumash Casino Resort in California, wheere he spearheaded development of three restaurants following the resort's massive expansion. Chef also spent time as Executive Sous Chef of the five-star Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore, and a stint in Australia at a restaurant that was award Restaurant of the Region. He also oversaw Mirabelle in London, which achieved a Michelin star during his tenure. Naturally, you can see why I was excited to taste his new menu.

When you head over to visit The Conservatory and Chef Rushton, here's a little more of what you can expect, food-wise:

Heading in for breakfast or brunch? You're in for a treat, dear. The breakfast menu items I sampled were two of the most delicious breakfast dishes I've eaten. The Lobster Omelet was easily my favorite omelet in life, featuring lobster chunks aplenty, and the rich cheddar mornay glaze made it that lobster sing.

Lobster Omelet 'Arnold Bennett'
The Biscuits & Gravy Benedict did my inner Alabama girl proud. You can take the girl out of Alabama, but she's always gonna need some fine biscuits. Top those jalapeño biscuits with tender braised pork, perfectly poached eggs, and a black pepper gravy with a kick, and you've got one happy southern gal.  I'll be back, for brunch soon, ya' hear me?

roasted jalapeño biscuits, braised pork, poached eggs, black pepper gravy
Sip on your drink of choice at breakfast or lunch, and be sure the table decor will be stunning.

The Mckinney Ave Mojito
On the lunch menu, expect lots of worldly influence, with some Texas flair.
Wildly popular here lately in Dallas, the Ahi Tuna Poke dances among Texas grapefruit, celery, and finger lime caviar.

Ahi Tuna Poke with Texas grapefruit, celery, finger lime caviar
The fresh Texas Burrata in this next dish is creamy and smooth. The citrus segments plus hearts on fire garnish it gorgeously.

Roast Beets & Texan Burrata with citrus segments, hearts on fire
The Baby Arugula salad speaks for itself. What a cover girl!

Baby Arugula salad: shaved fennel, watermelon radish and parmesan, evoo, balsamic, cherry tomatoes
Next up was the Crispy Red Snapper, and pillowy house-made Gnocchi. With entrees like this for lunch, who needs dinner?

Crispy Red Snapper served over seasonal beans with pickled red onion, meyer lemon, compressed cucumber 
House-made Potato Gnocchi w/ marinara, mozzarella, parmesan, fresh basil
Don't worry your pretty little heads. They made sure to end our meal on a sweet note. The raspberry and champagne dessert is as tasty as she was pretty. They also sent us with a little take-home baked treat: excellent breakfast the next day.

Raspberry & Champagne Gelée + berry coulis

Media Lunch attendees plus welcoming hosts (Photo by Ari Photography)

Take-home treats! (Photo by Ari Photography)

mimosa in front of one of the prettiest architectural backdrops in Dallas

At The Conservatory, Breakfast is served Monday to Friday, 6:30 to 11 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 7 to 11 a.m. Lunch is served daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Until we meet again, Hotel Crescent Court. Cheers, and stay beautiful.

400 Crescent Court, Dallas

The Conservatory - The Crescent Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Popular posts from this blog

Make Healthy Choices Simple With The Halal Guys

The Halal Guys recently opened their newest Dallas area location on lower Greenville, the third in the area. The company has plans to expand further in the DFW, with the next being in north Plano in the coming weeks. The company began as a street cart in NY and now has grown to locations throughout the US and worldwide. Talk about a success story! The Halal Guys is an excellent choice for those who want to eat healthy without breaking the bank. Wondering what exactly Halal means? I had that very question a few years back upon seeing it on a restaurant door, and googled away. I also recently wrote an article for Richardson Living explaining just that. It introduces the concept and talks a bit more about the Richardson location of Halal Guys and explains their menu.  The menu is the same at all locations of The Halal Guys. You go through the line, and build your own wrap or platter. Fill it with your choice of gyro, chicken, or combo, then load it up with toppings and sauce

Get Saucy at Razzoo's Cajun Cafe Plano

I've long been a fan of Razzoo's Cajun Cafe, a Texas born restaurant that features scratch-made Lousiana favorites. All locations are locally owned, and the 26-year-old restaurant has most of its locations in Texas, with one in NC, and some new spots TBA in the near future. Some of my favorite fried indulgences at Razzoo's are the "Rat Toes" on their appetizer menu. If you love a bit of spice, ignore the name and order up some of these jalapenos stuffed with shrimp, crab, then battered and fried, served with a Cajun Buttermilk sauce for dipping. And that's just scratching the slippery surface on all of the house-made delicious sauces at Razzoo's. National Hot & Spicy Food Day is Saturday, August 19, so in anticipation of that awesome food holiday, Razzoo's  invited us out for our own little sauce tasting, AKA Delia' Paradise. I was NOT aware that Razzoo's cooks up FIFTEEN different sauces in house, and once I found this out, I cou

A Tribute to El Palacio of Mexican Food, Huntsville, Alabama

This week a large piece of my childhood will be laid to rest. I know you think I'm being overly dramatic, but if you've ever had an iconic place where you've spend a large chunk of your life, I hope you'll understand where I'm coming from on this.  I have literally 24 other restaurant story deadlines to meet, but today the only thing on my mind is the news I received yesterday. I found out by a fluke (an owner's response to a Facebook review I'd posted years ago), and ended up having to be the bearer of bad news to my family and friends who also hold this establishment near and dear to their hearts.  The first restaurant I ever loved is closing their doors this week. This is my farewell. El Palacio opened in Huntsville 51 years ago, in 1966. Jimmy and Nonie McClure opened the very first location in Amarillo in 1962 in a remodeled gas station, after the Mexican food they added to their steakhouse menu started selling like wildfire. They wanted to