It was a Saturday, and I was determined to put my curiosity to rest once and for all. For YEARS, I had wanted to try a soufflé. I had watched movies poke at the sensitivity of this delicate délicieux cuisine (Yes, that’s French). I had tried to order it on several occasions only to find that the restaurants were either “out” or not making it on said particular day. So on this Saturday, I woke up with single minded determination; that once and for all, this culinary secret would be revealed. I had been to PARIS for goodness sake, and still had not tried a soufflé.
Rise no.1 cafe in Dallas came through for me with flying colors. J’adore cet endroit! From the entry way to the view from the threshold, the restaurant had a charming and intimate setting, with unique decor and a intoxicating aroma. My sister in law, college buddy and I grabbed a table under the covered eatery outside. The tables were made from refurbished school desks and on top they had placed cups with scrabble pieces to amuse guests as they waited for their meals.We started with some house made bread, which I thought was particularly good and was served on this adorable vintage style cutting board. As plates came out for the other tables, I eyed some potential choices and finally put in what would be the “determining factor” for all things soufflé. One 25-minute game of random scrabble later, and the waiter brought out our meals. My sister in law ordered the Creamed Spinach soufflé, my friend had the Herb & Spicy Sausage soufflé, and I chose the Escargot. There was no exact expectations as far as consistency, but according to The Kitchn.com, it was supposed to be like eating a cloud that’s melts in your mouth with a moist almost undercooked center (ughhh … I hate the word “moist,” but there is no other culinary equivalent). Regardless, it was delicious. The soufflé was placed atop a escargot dish, so you had to pierce through the airy topping to the bottom to get to them. It hit my top 3: Smell, taste, and looks. As if that weren’t enough, the table followed the meal up with a chocolate soufflé. I’m not sure what sexy clouds drizzled in chocolate really tastes like, but I am convinced that it was something like that.
Overall, the experience was C’est magnifique! The only downside was the cost. It was definitely on the higher end, but well worth the meal if you are interested in trying a soufflé.