St. Martin's is certainly a diamond in the rough, found on Greenville's lower end, and within a sort of strip-center settings. Nonetheless, St. Martin's really shines as a beacon of romance and sophistication in fine dining while in Dallas.
We were greeted enthusiastically by the Maître D' who promptly seated us at a nice table. Silverware and glasses were perfectly positioned, and a small flower arrangement adorned the table. Lights were quite dim, setting the right amount of visual ambience for our dining experience.
As with most restaurants, there were the "Specials of the Day," ranging from beef to chicken to seafood. There was lobster bisque as well for the soup du jour.
For starters, we both had the recommended "La Brie Et Champagne" soup. All I can tell you is that you MUST try this. A rich and simple cheesy soup that was perfectly infused with brie. Not a single drop was left. For our appetizers, we decided on the "La Tartare De Boeuf" and the "Les Escargots St. Martin’s." The tartare was perfectly presented with just the right amount of herbs, spices, and garlic. Escargot was brimming with tasty mounds of goodness bathed in buttery garlic and shallots, and served with crostini. Both were simply divine.
For our meals, I ordered the Chateaubriand steak which was a listed Special of the Day. Presented in perfectly cooked medium rare with a subtle sauce and perfectly cooked asparagus spears. She ordered the Chilean Sea Bass that was accompanied by a savory sauce, asparagus spears, and served atop a mound of herbed mashed potatoes (I think). Both were simply outstanding.
For dessert, we shared the "Almond ball." a ball of vanilla ice cream that was rolled in toasted almonds and dressed with just the right amount of chocolate syrup. Simple, but very nice.
The only downside of the visit was actually the piano playing. I know..."how can that be an issue?" you might ask. Well, being a piano player for the vast majority of my life, I guess I'm just finicky about such things. First, please TUNE the piano you have in your restaurant. If you're not sure if it is in tune, just ask someone who plays if it is. At any rate, you can certainly afford to have someone come in on a monthly basis and bring it up to par. Next, the piano player had a relationship with the sustain pedal that beyond tolerable for me. Each note drowned the other throughout various melodies of dated Disney movie tunes, a Phantom of the Opera song, and old standards like "Misty" et al. The combined sustained and resonating sounds of the out-of-tune piano with some cliche' tunes were almost intolerable at times. At one point I was prepared to offer a large tip to just have the pianist stop, but I simply tried to ignore it. Sorry for being picky, but this is just one of my very few irritations when it comes to a house piano player.
Nonetheless, the experience was well worth it. Food and ambience was the perfect fit for a special occasion, and we will certainly be back!