Âme Restaurant Dallas: French “Soul” Meets Chic Indian Cuisine

Davon Hatchett Robinson at Ame Restaurant Dallas

Gorgeous green front door Ame Restaurant Dallas

FACT: I had THE best Indian food and meal of my life at a small, family-owned restaurant in London, England in 2004.

FACT: part of that meal included a ceramic pot of tandoori fish curry that was so incredible that my brother and I STILL wax poetically about it to this day.

FACT: I think I may have just found an equally swoon-worthy fish dish in Dallas, TX, circa 2021.

At the gracious invitation of Kachet Jackson-Henderson of The Kachet Life, I had the opportunity a couple of days ago to attend the private media soft opening dinner service for a new restaurant in Dallas called Âme {www.instagram.com/amedallas}, where I pleasantly had my socks knocked right. Off. My. Feet.

From the décor to the ambiance to the service to the cocktails to the absolutely exquisite cuisine, Âme {pronounced /Ah-mmh/ and translating to “soul” in French} enchants you from the very moment your foot steps across the threshold.

AME bar backdrop

First, let’s talk design: upon entering on 7th Street you’re delighted with design details that include a gorgeous white marble bar with “Ghost” bar stools, and colorful, floral stained glass-esque panels, with lush greenery hanging from above. Framed by lush pink velvet drapes, the dining room is just to the right, up a short flight of steps. The space dazzles with colorful green walls, antique mirrors, whimsical artwork, and gorgeous antique playing cards themed wallpaper from legendary French designer Christian LaCroix.

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AME dining room drapes AME wallpaper and tassel lamps

So now let’s get to the food: the restaurant describes their fare as “French-Indian” cuisine, which is essentially Le Cordon Bleu-trained Chef Afifa Nayeb’s take on classic Indian dishes using French cooking techniques. Think lush sauces with Indian spices, spicy lamb vindaloo with French-style potatoes, and other inventive fusion pairings of ingredients and creative embellishments.

AME fish curry

What we tried:

  • Chaat {fried crisps, falafel, chickpeas, onions, yogurt, pomegranate seeds}
  • Calamari Pakora {golden, crunchy rings with cumin in the batter}
  • Saffron Rice {perfectly cooked and super flavorful, topped with saffron butter }
  • Cashew Chicken Tikka {chunks of chicken in a deliciously creamy sauce}
  • naan puffs {trust me when I tell you to dip the puffs in the Chicken Tikka’s cashew cream sauce–it’s addictive}
  • Tandoori Fish Curry (tender, juicy and flavored through-and-throughs-w-o-o-n worthy!}
  • Lavender Malai for dessert {light & airy, with balanced sweetness}
AME Kachet owl pic

Kachet enjoying a little cava under a royal watchful eye.

AME food aerial

Calamari and Chaat.

Every dish was better than the last. The only dishes I didn’t get to try were the lams chops and the shrimp curry, and you better believe I’ll be rectifying that soon.

Wait, there’s more: THEY HAVE A CHAMPAGNE BAR! Looking like a gorgeous jewel-box enclave plucked right from Paris, “The Elephant Bar” at the rear of the restaurant {separate and apart from the bar at the entrance} promises to have a beautifully curated champagne and wine list, along with some French-Indian inspired cocktails. It’s adored with a huge crystal chandelier, paneled ceilings, floral pattered wallpaper, green velvet stools, and a mirrored backdrop.

Knowing the Bubbleista as you do, by now you should already know that I plan to do a separate post just on the drinking experience in that space alone. Stay tuned for that! I’m also thinking that it’d be fun if I did a post with suggested pairings/what wines from the bar’s wine list to match up with the fantastic dishes here, too…

In the meantime, do yourself a favor and make reservations ASAP through Resy, posthaste. Open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5:00 to 10:00 pm, and for brunch {yes, they have a brunch menu!} on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, you can bet that the restaurant’s’ 62 seats will fill up FAST.

Chances are you just may see me sitting at a table nearby. Keep scrolling for more photos.

AME Lavender dessert

Every plate is gorgeous.

AME golden hand drapes

It’s in the details….

AME pre-dinner Viejo Fashioned

My “Viego Fashioned,” a clever and tasty take on the Old Fashioned

AME Saffron rice

Gorgeous Saffron rice