Manuel's Creative Cuisine is a Worthy Find, If You Can Find It

An Oak Lawn newcomer tries to recapture the Centrum Building's spotlight.

Other finishing touches are worth the effort. Salsas paired with many dishes must test the patience of the prep cooks, and yet those cooks endure. Tomatoes, jicama, mango and other fruits are diced impossibly small, lending refinement to the condiments. The micro dice — almost a brunoise — distributes flavors nicely and show an attention to detail that's echoed in a perfectly cooked pork tenderloin and some passable pastas and a lovely pozole, too.

A shrimp terrine doesn't work at all, though. Packed with port wine aspic, it harkens your mother's Jell-O mold in a dish that feels trapped in the '50's. Whimsical, almost confusing plate styling and high price points leave this empty restaurant feeling a little rudderless.

The shredded beef with avocado risotto goes vertical like much of Manuel's menu.
Desiree Espada
The shredded beef with avocado risotto goes vertical like much of Manuel's menu.

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Manuel's Creative Cuisine

3102 Oak Lawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219

Category: Restaurant > New American

Region: Uptown & Oak Lawn

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Manuel's Creative Cuisine
Pot Stickers $9
Pazole $10
Mahi mahi $26
Oxtail ravioli $24
Pork tenderloin $24

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Arrendondo could fix that. By simplifying some of his preparations his attention to detail might come into focus and serve as a spotlight, calling to diners in nearby neighborhoods that are saturated with restaurants. A sign out front, a better layout and an open patio could help draw some diners in, too, but he'd better hurry. Stephan Pyles' new restaurant, loosely based on the Star Canyon concept, is set to open in Uptown later this year. If Dallas diners are anything, they're drawn to the glitter, and whatever luster might have been associated with the newness of Manuel's Creative Cuisine — which wasn't much to begin with — is already wearing off.

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gonebamboo
gonebamboo

Manuel's is certainly worthy of discovery. The Thai shrimp and the oxtail ravioli are not to be missed. Also try the margarita, delicious!! I have dined here four times since their opening and each experience has been wonderful!!

food luver
food luver

Amazing food. one of my favorite places in dallas. fusions of latin (e.g. some argentinian, some cuban, some mexican), asian, and italian. top notch fresh ingredients. we need more options like this in dallas.

Acrysty31
Acrysty31

Wonderful food, love both places Cabo and Dallas. Can not wait to visit.

Cap Guy
Cap Guy

Ate there Sat night after a valet snafu at athe Place at Perryy's. Wonderful experience. Incredible menu and presentations. Best food/quality deal Dallas. A mini Aurora at 1/2 the price. Only negative was lack of chicken or beef entree. Hope Dallas can embrace this new venue.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

The space is jinxed. He needs to find someplace else fast.

Valerie
Valerie

We've had the good fortune of dining at both of Manuel's Creative Cuisine's locations. Both have been exceptional--food, drinks, presentation & service. I wouldn't worry about how easy it is for people to "stumble upon" the new Dallas Centrum location. A world class restaurant like Manuel's is a destination. Go to TripAdvisor.com and read the reviews from Los Cabos if you have any doubt. Then grab your foodies and go.

Laurie
Laurie

This is the best new restaurant in Dallas and within a few weeks will be the best overall restaurant in the City. By far, the freshest, most unique menu. And great people that we are fortunate to have here. We have been for lunch and dinner several times, and so have many friends, and everyone has rated this restaurant five stars.

Rea57
Rea57

You not know what your missing dude.

 
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