100 Favorite Dishes, No. 87: The White Album at Spoon
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.
It was back in February that I dropped into Spoon after the dessert options at the previous restaurant had disappointed me. The White Album, a creation by pastry chef David Collier, was so impressive I devoted a story to the dessert, but I never thought i'd write about it again.
In most fine-dining restaurants dishes constantly evolve as chefs strive to keep things new -- a constant push towards self improvement. The same is true at Spoon, but after a phone call today I was happy to hear that the White Album lives on.
Collier doesn't know the life expectancy for the dish, but he does see it on the menu for the foreseeable future. Expect creamy, coconut-laced beads of tapioca layered on sweet mango that pops out like a golden sunrise with the urge of a spoon. The frosty quenelle packs more coconut flavor, this time as a sorbet, and a subtle hint of pear hides in that crumbled merengue that looks like packed, powdery snow. It's beautiful.
Of course this is just a fraction of the experience you have at Spoon when you order dessert. Expect tiny cookies and other extravagances before and after the White Album arrives. It's one of the happiest endings in all of Dallas, and it's definitely one of my 100 Favorite Dishes.
No. 100: Pastrami Egg Rolls at Blind Butcher
No. 99: Chicken-fried Steak at Tom's Burgers and Grill
No. 98: Pasta with Uni Butter at Nonna
No. 97: Camarón en Agua Chile at La Palapas
No. 96: The Wings at Lakewood Landing
No. 94: Chicken Kebab at Afrah
No. 93: Trompo Tacos at Bachman Lake
No. 92: Fish and Chips at 20 Feet
No. 91: Canelés at Village Baking Co.
No. 90: Banh Mi from La Me
No. 89: Cabrito and Masa at Smoke
No. 88: The Burgers at Off-Site Kitchen