Yes, come here, dine and you’ll help the restaurant change lives (well, it isn’t as serious as it sounds). Café Momentum is a non-profit, upscale American bistro located in downtown Dallas. Not only is Café Momentum a restaurant, but it also serves as a culinary training facilitating providing mentorship and support to at-risk youths. Their mission is to provide these teenagers with a unique opportunity that provides them guidance and teaches them valuable life and professional skills. So yes, the kitchen staff is made up of these ‘students’ who will be serving you — but don’t worry, the service is up to par with the scene and quality of its food. With such a unique concept and great mission, I could not resist and make my boyfriend take me here to dinner last week. It’s always nice to support local businesses who are doing what they can to give back to its community. If you are interested in learning more about their program and mission, I recommend going on their site here.
Not only does the restaurant pride itself in its mission, but it also prides itself in its food (which is the most important aspect of any restaurant). Each month the restaurant features a Pop-In local, national or global chef whose specials will be featured on the monthly and seasonal menus. According to Yelp reviewers, the dessert (in particular, the s’mores) is one not to be missed and is crafted by a local pastry chef. Unfortunately, I was too full by the end of my meal.
For appetizers, my boyfriend and I started off with the octopus tiradito, which is thinly sliced octopus drizzled with a aji amarillo sauce — this was my favorite dish. And unfortunately, not enough per serving. For our entrees, we got the beef barciole and the market fish, which was salmon that night. The beef barciole has a prominent curry flavor to it and the meat is tender with a hint of pink — it reminded me of an Indian curry dish or a stew. The salmon is nicely seared where the skin is crisp yet the meat is flaky. Overall, both are solid choices. I don’t think you can go wrong here!
While the pricing is on the higher end, it is not bad at all for the quality of food you’re getting. The average is about $30-50 per person depending on what you get, of course.
Good Food. Reasonable Pricing. Great Cause. Need I say more? If you haven’t been, you need to go now and check out this restaurant for yourself.