Meatless for millionaires

If you have a special occasion that you’d like to celebrate in high style, head over to the recently revamped Mansion restaurant in Dallas, at the famed Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek hotel. While the dining room’s menu only has two meatless options on its menu (to be fair, they both look great), it’s The Chef’s Room that will really make vegetarians feel deeply understood—at least those with deep pockets. Executive chef John Tesar offers a six-course vegetarian tasting menu (nearly a hundred bucks a person—not including wine) that can also, upon request, be converted to a two-course prix-fixe menu, plus first course and dessert, for an unforgettable experience. Call ahead to make sure the choices suit your style (they’ll be happy to fax or e-mail a current menu), and do let them know that you’re vegetarian ahead of time so complimentary canapés and other treats from the chef can be selected to suit your diet. The night we went, we had a spicy curried carrot soup, which was served in a small mug for sipping; a creamy polenta topped with mushrooms in a savory broth that I have caught myself daydreaming about repeatedly; and a potato gratin with slices of black truffles nestled among the layers. The service is flawless; the small 20-seat dining room is in the original home’s library—complete with fireplace—and is as cozy and private as that setting implies; and the food is sublime. Consider booking a reservation to celebrate a very special occasion. We agreed it was too over-the-top to even commit to once a year, but that 10-year-wedding anniversary isn’t too far off.