Dallas has long been associated with American Football, steak and cowboys, however in more recent years its popularity and association with southern hospitality, art and food has taken hold.
We caught up with Bruno Davaillon, founding chef of Bullion, MBDS's latest stateside project, to find out why he chose Dallas as the location for his latest French restaurant and what visitors can expect from the southern city.
You’re French and have travelled all over the world with your work. Why have you chosen to settle in Dallas for your latest project, Bullion?
After I landed the Executive Chef job at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in 2009 I really liked what the city had to offer and I knew I would open a restaurant here. It all materialized when I was introduced to my business partner and fell in love with the Bullion project.
Tell us about the food scene in Dallas
I have been in Dallas for 7 years and the food scene here has evolved a lot. More Chef driven restaurants have opened with young talents that want to push the envelope. I think Dallas patrons are craving more great options.
Has Dallas as a city influenced your cooking?
Actually I see it more like a Texas influence than a Dallas influence. The use of Texas ingredients in general and Southern cooking like smoking incorporated in my French cooking background are the real evolution for me.
Best place to go for a last minute dinner?
Top Knot or the Chef’s counter at Flora Street Café.
Best place to grab a coffee pick-me-up and/or a cold beer?
For coffee - Ascencion coffee shop at the Crescent . Cold beer - the Gingerman.
Best place for people watching?
Rattlesnake Bar at Fearing’s at the Ritz Carlton.
What will surprise visitors about Dallas? Are they any hidden gems that are a must-see?
Dallas has one of the highest concentration of awesome museums in the country; DMA, The Nasher and The Perot Museum.
Tips for an out-of-towner?
Don’t miss the opportunity to try local favorite, Tacos and Tex-Mex at one of Dallas' numerous local restaurants.
Best place to stay?
The Joule Hotel
What can we expect from Bullion?
A revival of French cuisine in Dallas with great hospitality.