Nosh Euro Bistro, owned by award wining Chef Avner Samuel, is one of those places that most people never think of taking their kids to. Maybe because Nosh sounds a bit like ‘posh’ or the word ‘Euro’ has fancy connotations but it is surprisingly kid friendly. They even have high chairs to prop up your ittybittyfoodies as they munch on classic French style escargot done with lots of butter, herbs and garlic served with a nub of crusty bread.
There are two locations – Highland Park and the newly opened Plano. The original Highland Park location took over one of Dallas’ great date night spots, Aurora, which was also owned by Avner Samuel. Aurora was lavish and quiet. Nosh is not. You can still have date night there but the noise levels on a Friday night lean toward the boisterous, drowning out loud voices from little children. It’s modern decor has a certain elegance but don’t expect tablecloths or an over the top pricey menu.
It’s Euro… sort of…
On one occasion, Pikelet & Lollo got into a joust with their forks over Kobe meatballs with Béarnaise sauce.
Most of the items have a European spin but every so often, there’s something thrown into the menu like the Asian inspired salt & pepper calamari served Singapore sweet chili, which Lollo gorged almost entirely by himself (chili sauce on the side).
And Pikelet tends to like seafood specials like a small appetizer freshly poached bay scallops.
But a must for the table is the Big Fish for Two (or in our case… four). It’s a whole striped bass, baked Mediterranean style with olive oil, olives, tomatoes, a touch of lemon juice. The fish is deboned tableside before it is portioned out. On the first occasion we ordered this, we were a bit miffed that the server only served it to Beefcake and I. Pikelet & Lollo had just noshed down an entire dish of escargot so why it should surprise the server that they ate fish is beyond me. Mind you, there was plenty to spare even after the kids ate.
There are some notable sides that we love like the creamy cauliflower and smoked bacon mash, crisp roasted garlic brocolini and parmesan pomme frites.
I wish we could talk about dessert but we could never fit it in after all that food. But if you do try some, feel free to drop us a comment below. And if you’re still a bit nervous about noshing there with your family – Sunday Brunch is your best bet.
Till our next Happy Meal!
ITTY BITTY INFO:
- Food: This is a foodie heaven
- Ambience: Contemporary and warm. It’s great for a date night as well as family night
- Service: accommodating, friendly
- Kid Friendliness:
- Itty Bitty Foodies Tip: Sunday Brunch is your best bet if you’re nervous still about taking the kids – think braised short ribs tacos, eggs benedict and if you really must… there is a kid’s menu.
- Parent Foodies Tip: $10 bottomless mimosas and sangrias.