Two thousand four hundred wooden panels comprise the inlaid ceiling of the dining room at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. In the early 1920s, six carpenters spent three weeks installing them to achieve architect M. Jacques Caree’s grand vision for the space. Below stands someone equally as meticulous as those craftsmen: French-born chef Bruno Davaillon, a 2012 James Beard Award finalist who grew up in the Loire Valley and honed his craft at Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. Today’s Reserve selection invites you and a guest to piece together a three-course French-American dinner at Davaillon’s laboratory. The meal includes:
- Two appetizers or salads
- Two entrees
- Two desserts<p>
At Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, stained-glass windows and marble floors channel the spirit of 16th-century Italy. In the Mansion Restaurant’s kitchen, chef Bruno Davaillon steeps in this creative ether to craft haute cuisine that highlights the talents of local farmers and cheesemongers, such as herb expert Tom Spicer and mozzarella queen Paula Lambert.
Infused with cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper, the tortilla soup has drawn epicures to the mansion for more than 30 years, earning a Food Network feature and a spot in the restaurant’s new cookbook. Horseradish pannacotta lends a piquant kick to shrimp cocktail, which may taste familiar to fans of Davaillon’s previous contributions to Mix in Las Vegas. His entrees include seared venison loin from Broken Arrow Ranch, drizzled with peppery poivrade sauce, and crispy striped bass accented with chanterelles and warm truffle vinaigrette. For dessert, guests may sample pastry chef Nicolas Blouin’s creations, which include orange-chocolate crème brûlée, lemon-blueberry cheesecake, and nine seasonal ice creams.
Each night, romance emanates from the restaurant’s art-lined dining room as servers cloak tables in white tablecloths and soft candlelight. Couples can relish each other’s company as they savor their meals in one of several dining vignettes, whose privacy invites love-struck gazes and elegant wedding proposals. On the brick-lined terrace, cool breezes swathe diners in comfort as they unwind beneath oak canopies flanked with crackling fireplaces. Here, lanterns glow with colored lights, which have illuminated celebrity visitors such as Usher, Hugh Jackman, and Hilary Swank. At the bottom of the hill, Turtle Creek splashes and burbles, forming a soundtrack as relaxing as playing catch with a chamomile flower.