There are many things that make a meal great. Food certainly. Â But, to me, hospitality matters more. Â A restaurant where you sense the care of a loving proprietor is a different experience entirely.
And Canary by Gorji is a different experience entirely. Â Itâ€™s location is unassuming. Â Itâ€™s interior, while nice enough, lacks the sizzle Dallasites tend to seek. Â But the experience is flawless.
Having heard good things about it for some time, I took an out-of-town foodie there a few weeks back to have him thoroughly impressed. Â I returned with a friend just last night and again was blown away by what Gorji manages to execute.
On this occasion, we let Gorji pick the menu â€“ the chefâ€™s three-course prix fixe. Â It began with a simple but thoroughly interesting salad that included pistachios, veal bacon, lime juice and olive oil.
Our entrÃ©e was a combination of buttery soft veal over gnocchi in Gorgonzola cream, alongside Gorjiâ€™s butter-seared shrimp. Â I donâ€™t know his trick, but these shrimp are some of the best youâ€™ll ever enjoy.
My only substitution was dessert. Â I passed on the ice cream with port wine and Ruby Red grapefruit, having had it and loved it on the last visit; and instead had a chocolate teardrop filled with pomegranate sorbet and pom seeds. Â It was lick-the-plate delicious.
To finish the meal, Gorji brought us glasses of Portejas, a moniker for port-style wines made in Texas.Â It was light and bright and a perfect complement to end a perfect meal.
Food aside though, what makes this place great is Gorji (pronounced Gor-gee).
You feel his love of his craft, his pride in his place and the kind of genuine hospitality that seems a lost grace. Originally from Persia, heâ€™s operated in the same location in Addisonâ€™s Village on the Parkway for 9 years, 1 month and 11 days (whoâ€™s counting?). Â Ask for him, talk to him â€“ youâ€™ll be richer for it.