100 Favorite Dishes: Tres Vasos at Samar
As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no particular order. Some are little known, others celebrated. Some are pricey, others can be eaten on the cheap, but all are delicious to the extreme. Don't hesitate to share your own nominations in the comments. More of the dish's tasty details are after the jump.
No. 84 Tres Vasos at Samar
We certainly appreciate our fair share of burgers and fries, but no list would be complete without including some of the great chefs of Dallas who seemingly transcend time and distance, morphing their styles to meet the ever-changing tastes of the restaurant-going public.
One of these chefs is Stephan Pyles whose latest incarnation, Samar brings fascinating small plates meant to be shared and paired with good wines that are cost conscience, in an environment that Pyles created by borrowing from his many travels abroad--in Samar's case: Spain, India and the Eastern Mediterranean.
The most unique of the dishes Pyles offers are his Tres Vasos (Spain)--three-layered parfaits, and our favorite vaso among them is a shot glass-sized proffer that includes foie gras brulèe with Pedro Ximenez pears and crispy Jamon Serrano. Consider Jamon Serrano as the best bacon you might ever experience. It's a crazy quilt of ingredients and textures, which somehow work together to form a flavor fest of good taste.
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