Private|Social - Great Food, Great Concept, Great People
Private|Social, located in Uptown Dallas, has opened their doors!
If we could use one word to describe the Private|Social Restaurant, it would be POSHSWANKYCOOLWARMMODERNNOTYOURAVERAGE - now we didn't say it wouldn't be many words combined into one! They truly had us at hello, and not the one we received from the hostess as we entered the restaurant, but the one we received when we pulled up to valet (yes the curb appeal was on point!). The decor for the space is UBER SWANKY, all while still being warm and inviting. Everything seemed polished without feeling extra fancy. We loved the attention to detail that was evident all throughout the restaurant.
The restaurant features an exclusive dining space with a full-service menu called the "Private" side, and lounge area with sharable plates called the "Social" side. One of the things we loved about Private|Social was there vision and goal to make the dining experience accessible and affordable. This is right up our alley as The Urban Swank Girls' are firm believers that great food does not have to be expensive. There is also a third room, The Chef's Room. Our lunch took place in this room which featured a large window where you could gaze directly into the kitchen. Here, you can see Chef Tiffany and her staff performing. We say performing because as she says, "Chefs are like rock stars, and there's the band", as she pointed toward the staff on the other side of the glass. As Chef Tiffany Derry prepared for her September 24th opening we got the opportunity to enjoy a five-course meal with a few of her favorite selections from the menu. Roll call please...
The Grazing course started with her Top Chef Pork Buns. If you are a fan of the show you will recall that she prepared them on Bravo's Top Chef. Chef Tiffany admits that these are one of her menu favorites. Next up, for the Raw & Barely Raw course, we had the Pastrami Cured Hiramasa with tomato jam, coriander vinaigrette and pickled chile. For the Water course, we had White Sturgeon with blue crab chowder (the waiters poured the chowder at the tables), pancetta and licorice. Next was the Land course with Braised Oxtails with gnudi, sheep’s milk cheese and rapini (we LOVE Oxtails!). Last but not least, for dessert we had the Decadent Chocolate Cake with chai ice cream! We went in with a strategy in an attempt to make sure we didn't over indulge in any one thing so we could fit in all five courses! That worked well until we got to dessert. The meal was excellent and we can't wait to come back and try some of the other menu items like the Braised Beef Cheek with Cheese Grits! Every item on the menu was bursting with flavor and freshness. In short, we enjoyed every bite!
Additionally, her partner's Andy Austin and Patrick Halbert already have plans to open multiple locations in several major cities. Looks like Chef Tiffany is going to be a busy girl. And remember..."It's not just about the food; it's about the experience".
The Top Chef Pork Buns
The Decadent Chocolate Cake
~ Urban Swank
Urban Swank received a complimentary media tasting; opinions expressed are our own.
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These articles are written by both Felice "Swanky Girl" Sloan and Shanna "Urban Girl" Jones.