Monday, January 31, 2011

Loft 610

Loft 610

Rating: B
Location: 5760 Tx-121Plano, TX 75024

Category: American

Pricing: $$$

Favorites: Crab Cakes and Mahi Mahi


I was excited to finally try this place because Tre Wilcox, a former Top Chef and currently a Top Chef All-Stars Contestant, is the Executive Chef here. I never did get a glimpse of him in the kitchen, which is an open view to the restaurant, so I wasn’t really sure if he was there that night. I’m hoping not because the food was fine, but it wasn’t anything that I would want to try again or worth discussing amongst friends.
The ambience at Loft 610 is definitely modern and they have a wonderful wooden architectural display of their wine in a glass room connected to the dining room. The service was great, but for a Friday night the restaurant seemed a little empty, of course, this might be more of a trendy late night place because they have a Night Club on the second floor. We were seated at a comfortable booth with perfect viewing of the entire restaurant and were promptly greeted with menus and water. For wine, we chose the Panther Creek Pinot Noir, which was perfect for our choice in food for the rest of the evening. Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Truffle Champagne Sauce were among a few of the appetizer items on the menu, and we can never pass up crab cakes or anything with the word truffle in it, so we opted for those. Duo cylindrical towers of crab cakes in a pool of a yellow and green colored sauce underneath came out on a white rectangular plate, which gave off quite an appealing sight. We each took one and dove in….pretty good…definitely fresh crab, with a wonderful crust on the outside. The sauce on the other hand, did not have a hint of truffle in it. I was heart broken….none of that pungent earthy flavor that I love about truffles.

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Truffle Champagne Sauce
Pan Seared Mahi Mahi
Moving on….we ordered the Pan Seared Mahi Mahi with Tiger Shrimp Dumplings, Brocolini, and Spicy Lemongrass Broth with a side of….here it is again…Truffle Risotto. The Mahi Mahi was beautifully cooked with a gorgeous perfect pan seared crust on the outside and gorgeous juicy white flakes of deliciousness on the inside, and the Lemongrass broth, which had not one hint of spice, was a delicately sweet and fresh compliment to the fish. The brocolini was fine, but the Tiger Shrimp Dumpling dough was partly hard and crunchy and then gummy and chewy...not very appetizing.  On to the Truffle Risotto, which had a nice creamy texture and cooked al dente, but it turned out to be such a disappointment. We could smell the Truffle when they brought it out, but once I took a bite I was immediately hit with the overpowering rosemary….way too much….once again heartbroken.

Truffle Risotto
Finally….dessert, which we wanted to keep simple, so we ordered the assortment of cookies….my favorite type of dessert. The cookies came out in a glass jar, but then also wrapped in two separate cellophane goodie bags…..very cute display, but average on taste…..nothing too remember. In general, the night was very pleasant and the food was respectable, but I don’t think I’ll be going back to try it again. Sorry Tre!
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