Monday, March 5, 2012

Feliz Primero Cumpleaños Komali

I received a press release recently about the one year anniversary of Abraham Salum's restaurant, Komali, and I had two thoughts: (one) I can't believe it's already been a year and (two) I can't believe I've eaten at Salum a million times and haven't made it into Komali yet!  So, I called my favorite Twitter pal, Jane McGarry from NBC DFW and made a lunch date.

In celebration of the first anniversary of Uptown's contemporary Mexican cuisine restaurant Komali, proprietor/executive chef Abraham Salum has released new lunch, dinner and brunch menus showcasing chef de cuisine Anastacia Quinones new items.  "We think guests old and new will enjoy discovering AQ's influences of having studied in New York, worked in California, and established a reputation in Dallas," says Salum. "Also, our early spring weather invites diners to enjoy the new Komali patio and daily patio drink specials."

Abraham Salum and Anastacia Quiñones, Komali's new Chef de Cuisine

Included in the new menus are such specialties as Antojitos Mexicanos, Tostadas de Atun, Tortilla Soup, Ensalada de Atun, Scallops (Callos de Hacha), Mahi (Dorado Asado); and Camarones (Mexican Shrimp and Grits). Also, AQ has orchestrated a new take on the ever-popular Chile Relleno, Filete de Huachinango, Quail, Scallops, and Salmon.  A new section sure to get attention is Quinones' take on Komali's Tex-Mex offered on the lunch and dinner menus.

Jane and I quizzed our waiter and General Manager Bobby Walters about their favorite dishes before placing our order. Jane was the big winner with the scallop dish you see below. She gave me a big bite and it was so amazing that I was kicking myself for not ordering it. The Fish Tacos I got were also great, but it was hard to compete with that scallop dish... It's like comparing a great sub sandwich with a steak. Not a fair comparison.

(left) Scallops (Callos de Hacha)   (right) Fish Tacos

From the communal table in the bar to the unique hand-designed fireplace, clean lines softened by sisal covered walls and creative lighting invite all who enter to relax, have fun, and share in the unique flavors of old Mexico. Komali offers an opportunity to enjoy a memorable dining experience where exquisite space and extraordinary cuisine meet. Further enticements include an intimate patio, and a bar area that provides an excellent backdrop to enjoy drinks with friends or even watch a game.

Komali is located at 4152 Cole #106.  Serving lunch and dinner, the restaurant is open Monday-Saturday, 11:30 am-11:00 pm.  Brunch is served Sundays, 10:30 am-3:30 pm. For reservations call 214/252-0200.