Friday night my husband, myself and two friends got together and had what we call New Restaurant Friday. At least once a month we get together, step outside of our comfort zone and try a new eatery none of us have ever been to. This past Friday we went to OSO Food and Wine. OSO offers bold flavors from all across the Mediterranean including Spain, France, Morocco, Greece, Italy and the Middle East as well as flavors from Asia and Latin America meaning anything is fair game.
"I use to be skeptical of restaurants in shopping strips" my friend said and we approached the door. However, with space becoming more and more limited in Dallas proper some of the only places to put a new restaurant is in a strip mall. From the moment you park and walk through the door you have a good feeling. The atmosphere is a relaxing upscale eclectic feel. Because OSO is in the Forest/Preston shopping strip, the space is not big which adds to that comfy ambiance.
The service is what you would expect from a place in Preston Hollow, it was wonderful. Everyone was smiling and very attentive. Our waiter was knowledgable and gave us time to enjoy the experience.
OSO has a small signature cocktail menu and a large selection of wine by the glass or bottle. We started with an OSO good cocktail. The Mediterranean Fizz was wonderfully refreshing and the OSO 75 was a good classic. They had a unique spin on a traditional Old Fashion which fell a little flat. The mark up on their bottle of wine was only 200% which is wonderful for a restaurant since more mark ups are 300%.
For an appetizer we had the Free Range Chicken Meatballs and Bacon Wrapped Medjool Dates. The Chicken meatballs lacked that bold flavor I was expecting. On the contrary, the Dates were fabulous! The smooth sweetness of the dates mixed well with the crunch of the bacon and to top it off they were stuffed with a house-made chorizo. Our main courses were the Slow Braised Lamb Shank, Roasted Whole Branzino, Pork Chop Milanese, and Jumbo Shrimp.
At many points during the meal I had to remind myself that this is a is not a traditional Mediterranean restaurant. I felt like I was more pulled towards the Latin America side of flavors. My favorite and closest flavors to Mediterranean was the Apricot Couscous served with the Lamb Shank which was cooked to perfection. The shrimp dish was very underwhelming as it laid on a bed of what tasted like pico de gallo with an overload of cilantro. With that aside, all of us agreed that the overall taste of the meals were good.
After you have had you meal save room for desert. The Dark Chocolate Harem was a blissful chocolate-hazelnut ganache tart served with double chocolate chip ice cream, a must try for sure.
OSO is on the middle/high side of a $$$ restaurant. Appetizers average around $10 while entrees are $21-$42. We loved our experience and the food was wonderful. OSO has been open since October 2014 and with only a few months under their belt I think they are on their way to a long stay in Dallas.