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Historic Uptown Dallas hotel debuts pearl of a new restaurant

Historic Uptown Dallas hotel debuts pearl of a new restaurant

Perle on Maple
The menu is mostly French. Photo courtesy of Stoneleigh

As part of a recent renovation, Le Méridien Dallas The Stoneleigh has opened a new restaurant called Perle on Maple.

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, Perle on Maple is named for the French spelling of "pearl." A release explains the rationale, saying it will "signify sophisticated-yet-casual international cuisine concept that will offer an iconic and individual experience, from brunch bubbly to nightcap." Not sure how the French spelling of pearl does that, but the menu does have a subtle French theme.

Executive chef is Wade Burch, who trained at the School for American Chefs at Beringer Vineyards and Windows on the World Wine School, and has worked at The Plaza Hotel in New York, The Pan Pacific Hotel in San Francisco, and The Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas. He's also appeared on Food Network's Chopped.

Dishes consist of "bistro classics with a Texas twist," such as duck confit pancakes, quail wrapped in bacon with white bean cassoulet, and a variety of soups and salads including salad Nicoise and French onion soup. Both of those are French, so in this case, the "perle" makes sense.

Entrées include striped bass, steak frites, rainbow trout, and lamb chops. There's chicken liver mousse, tuna tartare, and oysters, both chilled and fried.

In addition to an indoor bar, there's an outdoor patio with a fire pit.

The hotel has also renovated its penthouse, located on the 11th and 12th floors.

Originally a single residence, the penthouse now features eight rooms, including the Grand Salon, Historic Gallery Hall, Library Bar, Music Room, Drawing Room, Dining Room, the Presidential Suite, and the Dorothy Draper Suite — named for the penthouse's original designer.

The Stoneleigh has endured a number of transitions in the past decade. It was closed in 2006 for a $36 million renovation and reopened in 2008, then was acquired in 2013 by private equity hotelier HEI from Luxe, a company headed by California hotel impresario Efrem Harkham, who owned it for only a year.