We were invited to a dine around dinner at Village on the Green in North Dallas. Located near Galleria Dallas, Village on the Green is a modern-designed plaza with 200 residential units, upscale retailers and fantastic restaurants. Elysa (Dallas Food Nerd founder) and I enjoyed restaurant hopping with other bloggers and media. Take a look at the pics below!
La Perla d’Italia
Our first stop was at La Perla d’Italia where we enjoyed a mix of fine Italian food. We watched a professional cheese maker create mozzarella cheese from scratch in the kitchen! Milk curd is shipped to the restaurant daily from Italy. You can’t get this anywhere else in Dallas! Fresh mozzarella was used in the Stracciatella Bruschetta and the Caprese salad that we sampled first. Smoked mozzarella was included in the creamy Chicken Spiedini entree, which was absolutely tasteful. All meals paired wonderfully with wine.
Next, we stopped by Mughlai to sample Indian cuisine. The owner briefed us on the popularity of the mango fruit in India. One example of using mango was in this delicious, creamy smoothie called the Mango Lassi. The sweet taste makes this drink a great dessert option, but we grabbed a sip before dinner. (Dessert first is okay with me!)
Among the menu items we sampled included flavorful lamb and chicken kebobs, veggie samosas (a crispy puff pastry packed with green peas and potatoes), and a spicy Murgh Tikka Masala (roasted chicken in a tomato sauce). The oven-baked naan paired perfectly with every dish we sampled.
One of the newest spots in Dallas for pho is Pho House, a Vietnamese cuisine restaurant. We began our meal with a traditional Pama Sake Mojito, which tasted like a sweet tart candy with a hint of sourness. Our entrees were prepared in oversized bowls of tender meat (meatballs, brisket AND eye of round) or vegetable pho. The soup had just the right amount of fresh flavors in a juicy homemade broth that wasn’t salty. Fun fact: The broth is slow cooked over night, which provides the best taste possible. I added a sprinkle of lime juice and a few mint leaves to get the full pho effect (optional: jalapeños).
We concluded the night at my personal favorite restaurant in this plaza, Maximo Dallas, which serves gourmet Tex-Mex dishes. We were greeted with not one, but three cocktails. My favorite was the Black and Blue Mojito, made of fresh blueberries, blackberries and tequila.
We started with tableside guacamole, fresh chips and Aguja al Cazo (chipotle mac ‘n’ cheese). Next I tasted the delicate tilapia with steamed veggies and took a bite of the poblano pepper stuffed with chicken, spinach and peanuts. Both were delicious, and by this point, I had room for one last piece of dessert, the Margarita Cheesecake Pie. I can’t wait to come back to Maximo and dine on the patio this spring!
So next time you find yourself near the Galleria, stop by one (or more!) of the Village on the Green restaurants. You’ll be happy you did! (Complimentary valet is available outside of the parking garage.)
(Disclaimer: Dinner was complimentary in exchange for a blog review.)