Fauna, Dallas, 6/22/19

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exterior

Fauna is the newest addition to Stephan Pyles Flora Street Cafe in the Dallas Arts District.  It only seats 16 in the smaller dining room off to the side.  The setting is dressier and quieter than the larger front room, with nice sized tables draped in lovely linens and appointed with comfy padded chairs.  The tables are slightly close but it is a small room and there is adequate space between them.  They have purse stools, music in the background, art on the wall, a tall candle on each table, dark curtains on the windows and TV screens above the serving window with scenes of fire and water.  It has the southwestern touches, that Pyles is known for, like antlers above the monitors and branches in the ceiling fixture.  The room is completely enclosed when the meal starts and serves only the same tasting menu of about 12 courses to everyone there.  Pacing is a little slow but portion control is good.  The doors nicely shut out the hum of the front part of the place.  They do pass out a printed menu for you to take home at the end of the meal.   The pass through window to the kitchen is below the monitors and everyone is served at the same time.  Plan to spend a couple hours.  When we went they had only been open 3 weeks, so I’m sure some changes have been made to the set up. Continue reading

Fauna, Oslo, 6/21/16

building
building

Fauna is a medium sized place with a modern, stylish feel. Even though every table was filled we were still able to carry on a conversation without yelling. The service is nice and the bathrooms are unisex with shared sinks.  They offer only a tasting menu with optional wine pairings. There are options to add extra courses and/or wine pairings to go with those courses. It would be a meal I would repeat if it were closer and if the Chef Bjørn Svensson wasn’t burned out and closing the place next month.  I’m sorry to tantalize you with this fine soon to be unavailable food, but it is worth noting the chef’s name so we can visit any other places he tries.   Continue reading