A week ago, I was invited to Truluck’s in Southlake along with some other DFW food writers for a menu tasting. With summer right around the corner, what could be more perfect than a giant platter of fresh seafood (we just needed someone to import some sand and shells to our landlocked region).
We started with a sampling of the appetizers paired with a Spanish Cava.
I have to admit, I was skeptical and snarky at first, thinking “even Truluck’s is getting into overly done Asian fusion trend?” But these perfectly crunchy wonton wrappers brought the crab back to crab rangoon. Paired with a sweet but pungent fish sauce based dipping sauce, the moist, flavorful lump crab inside these rangoons washed away all the fears of those mass buffet soggy cream cheese nightmares.
Miso Butterscotch Chicken Wings:
Thankfully this rendition of miso butterscotch was in no way reminiscient of the “Willy Wonka-esque” (Bourdain, Top Chef Season 4) Dale Talde butterscotch scallops. The sauce was still a little sweet for my taste, but a nice variation on the traditional buffalo wing.
Mini Bacon Cheeseburgers
These little sliders were juicy and rich, with the smokey bacon being particularly memorable.
The best part about these appetizers? Truluck’s features them at half price during happy hour Monday through Saturday from 4:30 to 7:00pm and all day Sunday. Cocktails are also half price during happy hour. No wonder the bar lounge area was booming on this Tuesday evening.
We then moved onto the massive platter of fresh shellfish known as Truluck’s Seafood Tower.
Succulent Maine lobster, sweet Florida stone crab claws, Gulf shrimp, and moist and delectable blue crab cocktail made up this ginormous feast. The seafood tower truly lets Truluck’s shine at its best, quality seafood and simple preparation.
We also sampled the scrumptious Superlumb Crabcakes.
Then it was onto soups and salads, featuring a lovely Gulf Coast gumbo with a spicy, southwestern kick and a creamy Lobster Bisque with a surprising citrusy finish.
Also sampled were the Sonoma Greens Salad with goat cheese, candied pecans, sliced apples, and kalamata olives
and the gluttonous Wedge Salad loaded with Maytag blue cheese and diced bacon.
Live music kept the dining room festive on this weekday evening, featuring a piano player/vocalist. The main entrees came out to the tune of Radiohead’s “Creep,” for a change of pace from the classic Billy Joel.
MSC certified Miso Glazed Chilean Seabass was served with a slightly too sweet crab fried rice and refreshing chilled cucumber slaw. Texas Striped Bass Pontchartrain came in a golden crust of Parmesan served with an étouffée styled smothering of baby gulf shrimp, crawfish tails, and fresh crab meat over rice.
Niman Ranch New York Strip came with giant Nigerian King Shrimp that nearly stole the show from the steak
and Jalapeño Salmon came topped with fresh crab meat, gulf shrimp, and a bearnaise sauce with a jalapeño kick.
We weren’t done yet. Another highlight of the evening was the succulent, colossal Dutch Harbor Red King Crab (a la Deadliest Catch) served with grilled jumbo asparagus and lemon-garlic butter. There is an adult human hand in this photo for size comparison of these immense crab legs.
The entrees were accented by a creamy side of King Crab Mac n Cheese that can stand its own against any great steakhouse version.
We ended the evening with a variety dessert platter with Carrot Cake, Key Lime Pie, and the standout, decadent Chocolate Malt Cake.
It was the perfect feast for an evening that felt like the beginning of summer. Truluck’s truly shines in its fresh seafood offerings with a focus on quality ingredients and classic preparations. The menu offers variety for varied tastes, but never strays far from the restaurant’s strength in seafood. With Truluck’s locations in Uptown, Addison, and Southlake, a mammoth Seafood Tower on a breezy summer evening is never too far away.