Conveniently located in the upscale Shops of Highland Park, Madrina will feature a fusion of authentic Mexican cuisine and classic French techniques.
The kitchen and menu will be led by Executive Chef Julio Peraza, who has a passion for bold Mexican flavors and a seasoned background in traditional French cooking.
Madrina exterior — Photo courtesy of Madrina
Featuring ingredients sourced from the best purveyors in France and Mexico, Madrina's menu features elegant dishes like hay-smoked Foie Gras made with jaggery, plantains, pepita and coconut; Lobster Bisque en Croûte with a traditional French-style bisque, Mexican-inspired vegetables and black jalapeño ash; Enfrijoladas with duck confit, handmade cilantro tortillas, crispy duck skin and crema; and Plantain Empanadas, a delicious dish that features a steamed plantain casing stuffed with capers, braised oxtail and chives.
Along with these unique plates, the bar and cocktail menu is nothing short of spectacular.
Designed by Michael Martensen – a James Beard award nominee – the cocktails at Madrina continue the Mexican-French theme with offerings in both areas.
For example, some of the Mexican-inspired cocktails include The Daisy (with blanco tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and doctored agave); See You Again (with blanco tequila, cucumber juice, dry sherry, lime juice and orange bitters); and Old Money (with Repo tequila, apple cider, lemon juice, rich sherry and spiced bitters).
Some of the French-inspired cocktails include the Jack Rose (with apple brandy, house grenadine and lemon juice); Night Changes (with pear brandy, lemon juice, lemon Oleo and sparkling wine); and Crusta (with Armagnac, orange cordial, lemon juice and Angostura bitters).
Along with the cocktail menu, the wine selection is filled with French varietals, with special attention to Bordeaux, Burgundy and Loire Valley regions.
The tequila menu is equally extensive.
Madrina will provide Dallas with an elevated dining experience, along with superior Texan service. Diners will have the opportunity to enjoy the Chef Counter seating option, in which they can see firsthand how Peraza prepares each course. They can even interact with him directly.
Small, private parties of eight can take advantage of a private, secluded wine cellar room. The cantina-style bar area is more casual, yet intimate and fun.
The name Madrina translates to "godmother," and the restaurant truly lives up to its name with its comfortable, welcoming vibe. The overall design and atmosphere of Madrina was inspired by both Paris and Mexico City restaurants.
Make reservations, and dress to impress.