A bit of a history: ten years ago, I used to go with colleagues to Steel at least once a month for dinner afterwork. And then we had a bad meal. And another bad meal with bad service. And finally a third bad meal in a row with even worse service and... we stopped going.
Flash forward ten years to the present and it is KRLD Restaurant Week in Dallas and Steel is one of the places offering a $35 menu. And, well, my wife had always wanted to try it so... we went.
Maybe my expectations were lower based on past experience but we had a very good time. The restaurant itself has a eclectic "hip Asia" decor which reflects its pan-Asian menu. Walking through the steel doors we were warmly greeted and immediately seated. Interestingly, we were *not* given the Restaurant Week menus but the standard menus (had we not known it was restaurant week, we would never have though to ask. Not sure if this was planned on their part or not but it came across as a bit begrudging of them. Then again, we did order a couple of things off the regular menu).
Food was generally quite tasty:
- Crab Rangoon: almost a cliche these days but my wife loves them and these are a great version
- Toro Sushi: ehhh... but then I've never really appreciate the supposedly subtle nuances of toro
- Quail egg: very good
- Twice-Cooked Pork: good, not great.
- Tomato-Basil soup: very good. Incredibly light and tasting of Summer and green hills and blue skies. Excellent.
- Bangkok Chicken: very good: a mix of India and Thailand and we kept trying to figure out which it favored more.
- Vietnamese Shaken Beef: very good but, note, it is made with tenderloin and it is *very* tender. If you are expecting a dish with a bit more firmness, this isn't it. The beef at times, while tasting very good (and again, very tender) was almost tender to the point of feeling like one was biting into a sponge.
Desserts were less successful:
- Bread pudding: ehh.
- Japanese Citrus Tart: okay, but were were unable to detect any citrus taste.
Service was quite good. Effeciently. Friendly. The meal was well placed.
Will we go back again next time we want good pan-Asian food and/or sushi date night? Yes. While not the best Asian restaurant in Dallas, it certainly was good and warrants a return visit.
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