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Peek at the menu of Virgin Hotels Dallas restaurant, opening in December

Peek at the menu of Virgin Hotels Dallas restaurant, opening December

Virgin Hotels Dallas Commons Club
The dining room has kind of a sage thing going on. Photo courtesy of Virgin

There's an opening date for Commons Club, the in-house restaurant at Virgin Hotels Dallas. According to a release, the eatery is accepting reservations starting December 15.

Virgin Hotels Dallas is the third property from Virgin Hotels, the lifestyle hospitality brand pioneered by Sir Richard Branson's global Virgin Group. The property is in the Dallas Design District at 1445 Turtle Creek Blvd, with 268 Chambers (rooms) and two penthouse suites.

In addition to the Commons Club, other dining and drinking outlets include the Funny Library Coffee Shop and The Pool Club.

Commons Club is the hotel's all-day restaurant, bar, and lounge, which also incorporates a concept called The Kitchen by Matt McCallister, which will serve a seasonally driven menu with French influence.

Collaborating in The Kitchen and leading the hotel's culinary team is Executive Chef Nick Walker.

It's a "French meets Texan" theme, with large-format dishes cooked via live fire in a charcoal-burning oven and wood-fired rotisserie. Dishes include:

  • grilled grouper with sauce bourride and root vegetables
  • rotisserie roasted chicken with stewed onion crème fraiche
  • A Bar N Ranch black pepper-crusted wagyu ribeye roast, sold by the bone, and served family-style with pumpernickel rolls

Additionally, the menu will feature several chilled dishes:

  • Texas farm radishes with seaweed butter and bottarga
  • tuna and beet crudo with pickled and raw golden beets and tapioca crisps
  • scallops roasted in the half shell dressed with citrus brown butter and hazelnut crumble

"The menus at Commons Club showcase an updated, French-inspired fare that is refined yet approachable," McCallister says in a statement. "We're celebrating French technique and local ingredients with a creative and playful approach."

The restaurant will feature a charcuterie display case featuring cured meats that sourced from artisanal producers, alongside pâtés, potted meats, and fermented vegetables made in-house.

Starting in spring 2020, there'll also be an on-site raised garden to supplement the restaurant's garnish and petite vegetables.

The Bar, which will feature some live entertainment, has a cocktail program rooted in classics, ranging from celebrated cocktails from famous hotel bars around the world to signature cocktails with a Virgin twist.

Beers will be Texas craft and draught focused, plus imports and local specialties in bottles and cans.

The wine and champagne list will specialize in producers committed to organic and sustainable viticulture.

The restaurant is located on ground level, with an open kitchen, community chef's table, wrap-around dog-friendly patio, and The Shag Room, a ‘70s-inspired space ideal for cocktails or an intimate reception.

Commons Club is open for breakfast from 7-11 am; lunch 11:30 am-2 pm; and dinner 5:30-10 pm; with a limited menu from 2-5:30 pm.