• Cassie

Date Night in McKinney - Sushi and Live Music

This month we enjoyed some of the best sushi in town, then savored our drinks and dessert to the sound of live blues music. Read on for the details!

Eat, Drink: Tai Sushi House

As a mom of a preschooler and a newborn, my life has a lot of cute moments but it is also filled with sleepless nights, endless diapers, and inexplicable meltdowns. So when the grandparents suggested my husband and I head out on a date night, and offered to babysit, we jumped at the chance! Craving a night of grown up sophistication we opted for sushi and live music. On the agenda: Tai Sushi House and the Martini Jazz Lounge at Eclair Bistro.

Tai Sushi House is a tiny hidden gem on Stacy, between Alma and Custer, with only about 15 tables or so. Because it's so small, reservations are recommended on weekends. We had a 7:30 reservation on a Saturday, and we filled the last open table as we sat down. The employees are all very friendly and the service is incredibly fast! It's BYOB ($5 corkage fee) so we brought along a bottle of champagne to celebrate our first night out since the new baby had arrived.

After a quick cheers and a few sips of bubbly we checked out the menu and decided on our order:

- Vegetable gyoza

- Seaweed salad

- Dream roll (spicy tuna, cucumber, jalapeno, topped with avoca​​do, masago, tempura flake, creamy wasabi & eel sauce)

- Yummy roll (shrimp tempura, cucumber, avocado, topped with eel & eel sauce)

- California roll.

The food came out quickly, one item at a time. The dream roll was my favorite - the heat from the spicy tuna, jalapeno, and creamy wasabi was tempered slightly by the eel sauce and avocado and the whole thing was super flavorful! The only (tiny) criticism is that the bites were really large - any bigger and they would be too hard to eat. But the amazing flavor outweighed the challenge of the size. The other rolls were smaller, more manageable bites. We stuck with sushi this time, but for those of you who aren't fish eaters they also have a variety of hot dishes on the menu such as Curry, Teriyaki, Fried Rice, and Yaki Udon. Next time I would love to try one of their desserts - the tempura cheesecake was calling my name - but we were off to our next location for dessert and live music.

Be: Éclair Bistro

Éclair Bistro is a fine dining French restaurant in downtown McKinney which has a fantastic Martini Jazz Lounge on the second floor. You can sit at the bar or opt for a cozier spot in the lounge with couches and comfy chairs. Choose from an extensive list of martinis or just order your favorite cocktail at the full bar next to the stage. Éclair has a rotating lineup of excellent live bands and musicians who play every weekend. Joey Love Band was the featured group on our date night and the trio was excellent. They played blues classics and even some soulful rock. My favorite piece of the night was their rendition of Steve Miller Band's Fly Like An Eagle.

As a French major, former French teacher, and all around francophile, you'd better believe I couldn't leave a French restaurant without trying their classic flourless chocolate torte. It's one of my favorite desserts, and it's also the first thing my French host family taught me to cook during my first visit there nearly 20 years ago. Super rich and decadent, Eclair's version of the flourless chocolate torte was delicious and satisfying. They serve it with a tiny dollop of homemade whipped cream and a perfectly tart and slightly sweet raspberry coulis. My husband and I savored our dessert, sparkling wine, and bluesy live music. We couldn't have asked for a better night out. The only thing better than our date night was coming home to our sweet new baby.

What's Next?

We are looking forward to our next #bemckinney Date Night in McKinney, and would love to hear your suggestions! Where should we go? What should we do? We'll report back with our honest opinions on the experience. Let us know in the comments below which McKinney restaurant, bar, or event you'd like to read about next and we will add it to our list!

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