Many Dallasites may have heard the buzz about the newly-opened Henryâ€™s Majestic. We visited the restaurant for the first time last Sunday for brunch. Since the restaurant has not been open long, and the staff was quick to ask forgiveness for any hiccups that might come with being fresh-out-of-the-box. No forgiveness needed.
The interior may feel somewhat familiar but has been dotted with many â€œfoundâ€ objects for you to take in. This spot (located at 4900 McKinney Ave.) has been a number of eateries, but I truly hope this one sticks around. The place feels good â€“ not too self-aware or staged. And feeling good matters at a place like Henryâ€™s.
The service was top-notch. The staff seems proud of their place and anxious to share it with guests. Again, that goes far in creating a superior restaurant experience.
Henryâ€™s has a great bar menu. That counts for a lot. And itâ€™s a good thing to remember on Thursdays when you can sample those amazing cocktails for $6. The Scarlet Begonia, a twist on the French 75, is delicious and almost too drinkable. The Sparkling Bar at brunch is a great alternative to mimosas. Not bottomless, but you wonâ€™t miss it when you get to choose from four sparkling wines and a host of mix-ins like housemade cordials of Lemongrass and Blood Orange. A big shout-out goes to Alex Fletcher, who bartended at Victor Tangos and the Peopleâ€™s Last Stand.
The brunch menu was just as delightful as the cocktails. The items we didnâ€™t order looked amazing as they zipped by. The entrees we did order were delicious. Just pick one of the breads for a killer brunch starter. Then, dive into the Al Pastor Pork Benedict. Served on two crisp arepas, the pork was very well seasoned and accompanied by lime crema, avodaco and cotija cheese. You can order the same pork in street tacos for dinner. The BW Waffle was solid, though it could have had a little more punch, and I expected as much from jalapeno bacon and cheddar.
Leading the team at Henryâ€™s is Rosanne â€œRoeâ€ Dileo who made a name for herself locally as the chef at The Libertine Bar and was most recently at Boulevardier in Bishop Arts. She will appear on â€œHellâ€™s Kitchenâ€ as a contestant when the next season debuts September 10.
Go to Henryâ€™s Majestic now, and youâ€™ll get to enjoy the great indoor/outdoor space. Then again, I am guessing Henryâ€™s is going to feel just right on a winter evening too.