I was lucky enough to secure a reservation at the Mansion on Turtle Creek, the Mobile 5-star and AAA 5-diamond restaurant. I am a bit disappointed at the meal as it did not live up to the Mansion’s mystique. Their Restaurant Week menu includes only one choice of appetizer–-their famous chicken tortilla soup. I would prefer to see one more choice, e.g. a salad. The soup which had big pieces of chicken and avocado was satisfying but not outstanding. There were three choices of entrees, and one of them was a pecan-crusted chicken which seemed to avaiable only during this week. The juicy meat, sweet pecans, and smoky sauce made this dish the highlight of our meal. We also ordered a lobster taco as an add-on for $15. The taco was good, but not great and it’s small. Dessert was a sampler of three items which included their popular raspberry crème brulee. I think the crème brulee was just so-so. Overall, I enjoyed the meal, but I would not pay full price for it.
The thing that really stood out here was the service. Jacket is required for men, but my friend did not wear one. Instead of making us feel awkward, the waiter graciously found a jacket for my friend. Since our meal was only $30, I thought the servers might look down on us. It turned out everyone at the restaurant was delightfully attentive and friendly. The restaurant also gave us a coffee cake as a take-home gift.
Service was good, but not perfect. There was an error on the bill, and we were overcharged by $60. The waiter fixed the problem immediately and was very apologetic.
Restaurant Week is a great time to go to expensive restaurants like the Mansion, as it reduces the risk of overpaying for average food.
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Tarrant County, Texas
March 18, 2011
by Raj B.
New York, New York
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From journal Eating at Mansion for Less
by Ben the Grate
February 26, 2002
Despite all the hooplah, the Mansion on Turtle Creek would be a fantastic restaurant if it were priced about half of what it is. The menu is inventive and delicious, but the restaurant is simply not deserving of all the praise.
Nevertheless, the rich and famous still come (the price keeps away the trash, which is the one good thing about it, I suppose).
The menu is inventive southwestern, like lobster tacos, peach smoked poblano salsa, or oven roasted barramundi (an Australian fish) served over a reduction of clams and chanterelle mushrooms, etc. etc. ad nauseum.
Order from the menu (with entrees from $30-$60) or try the $90 tasting menu.
A sneaky trick is the selling of their house wine (actually inexpensive whites and reds by Le Esparaye) at a premium.
Breakfast and lunch are lovely ways to experience the elegance without the price.
Service is impeccable, and if there's something you're yearning for that isn't on the menu, just tell the maitre d'. He will pass your request to the chef who will undoubtedly cater to your desire.
Nice touches are personalized greeting at your car. They ask for your license plate when you make reservations so you can be greeted by name when you arrive.
Stuffy. Sophisticated. Delicious. Overpriced.
From journal Dining Dallas
Little Rock,, Arkansas
April 15, 2001
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