Seeing Green at True Food Kitchen

Customers longing for something lighter weigh heavy on this new Preston Hollow restaurant.

Maybe that explains why they're overlooking the gummy texture in their edamame dumplings, which is upsetting on its own, but even more so after you've watched a cook by the window assemble them by hand. Red chile shrimp boast noodles with the same overcooked texture, and the thick sauce it swims in is about as subtle as maple syrup. The execution can be a little shoddy here at times.

There are service issues, too. True Food may be one of the few restaurants whose kitchen outpaces the front-end staff by the factor of an entire drink order. Dishes consistently arrive lightning-quick here, which is great, but during one of my visits my wine hit the table as I was picking at the crumbs of an onion tart I ordered to go with it. And a second requested glass didn't come at all.

Sticky pasta is one thing, but not too many businesses can get away with dodgy service and stay this busy, which shows the demand for restaurants that don't deep-fry half their menu and blanket the rest in a quilt of melting cheese. For now, anyway, diners are so hungry for food that doesn't punch them in the gut they're willing to overlook flaws that cook other restaurants to a crisp.

A whole lotta vegetables.
Catherine Downes
A whole lotta vegetables.
An arugula and butternut squash pizza.
An arugula and butternut squash pizza.

Location Info


True Food Kitchen

8383 Preston Center Plaza, 100
Dallas, TX 75225

Category: Restaurant > New American

Region: Park Cities


True Food Kitchen

8383 Preston Center Plaza Drive, 214-377-3333, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. $$$

Salmon dip $12

Albacore tataki $12

Black cod $25

Bison burger $15

Pizzas $11-$13

Not that you should cash out your 401k. Everyone knows that the service industry is a terrible way to make money. But maybe for existing restaurateurs who have been looking for a new idea, it's time to get long on leafy greens.

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Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Ok - tried it yesterday with a party of nine; reservation, none of that communal table nonsense.  Service was outstanding, everyone found the food interesting and better than average.   Plus recommend the Ginger Margarita.   All who attended gave it a thumbs up.

Only down side was the noise level.  You'd think with the money spent on the decor a little sound deadening in the ceiling would have been possible.


"Communal tables" is a fad that needs to go away now.

Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Going to give it a try, though the review is not promising.  Seems there is a good chance of ordering poorly and being disappointed.

And as to the vegetable fad; it's not that hard to cook brussel sprouts at home.


The roasted chicken is delicious, nice crisp skin.