Has anyone been to that Katsuya sushi place in West Ave?
the pass and provisions was just announced:
After patiently waiting for two years, co-owners Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner of Pilot Light Restaurant Group are proud to announce a permanent residence for their first restaurant project, “The Pass and Provisions.” Blocks away from where Seth Siegel-Gardner grew up, their new restaurant space located at 807 Taft promises to be a modern backdrop to the raw and contemporary cuisine the co-chefs have become known for.
Since meeting in NYC in 2005 while running Gordon Ramsay’s Maze, it has been Gallivan and Siegel-Gardner’s purpose to create a venue dedicated to the dishes that result from their history and collaboration.With the goal of creating a solidly pleasing and intimate Houston refuge, Gallivan and Siegel-Gardner’s “The Pass and Provisions” will channel the geographical complexity of previous stints at Aquavit, August, C-House, Auerole, The Modern, The Fat Duck, Viajante, Kata Robata, Alto and Fiamma, transforming a global pedigree into an elegant, regional cuisine all their own.
About “The Pass and Provisions”
Two separate restaurants will share a kitchen under one roof. A fine-dining and casual concept wrapped into one, along with a bar and patio, The Pass and Provisions, aims to honor thebuilding’s former history as a former global import warehouse, incorporating regional and global technique and flavor into casual and refined dining experiences.
“Provisions” will be built around a pivotal instrumental element, a mammoth wood- burning oven designed to churn out anything with smoky traces and a pizza-like crust. All urban rusticity, patrons will find themselves in a convivial space where confident food is served in a relaxed atmosphere.
Subtle and polished, “Provisions” aims to serve properly sourced ingredients through thoughtful presentation. Whether dining at the bar where expert $#@!tails and a broad wine list are available to wash down seasonal menu items, or seated in the lush outdoor patio, diners will witness pizzas made with good ingredients married well, roasted meats, and fresh pastas surfacing from a wood fired oven, all cooked in hot fragrant smoke.
In professional kitchens, “The Pass” represents the space where cooks, chefs and front of the house staff converge to plate, garnish and expedite a menu. Housed within Provisions, The Pass channels the energy and fluidity of this central point in the heart of a restaurant where ideas are executed.
Bringing the essence of the kitchen to each table, chefs will serve, describe and answer diner’s questions, creating an authentic experience for each customer while placing emphasis on the process behind transitioning food to plate. Similar to dining at a chef’s table, diners will be able to connect with the local and global inspiration and experience of each chef and behind every dish, in an upscale, casually elegant atmosphere, complimented by a thoughtful international wine list.
Additionally, a private dining room will be available to service intimate parties and large groups, with menus provided through one-on-one service where diners experience each dish fully, privately and completely.
It didn't take long to backfill Gravitas space. Sounds like an cool concept. Any idea when it will open?
Really excited about P&P. The Pilot Light dinner I went to (thanks again Hornimal) was fanfuckingtastic, and Terrence and Seth are good guys.
those guys have very impressive CV's.
Anyone in the mood for a some great frilled meat the special at Carrabbas on Kirby tonight is the Wagyu tomahawk chop with Carrabbas fries. Best fried in town. not kidding.
Last edited by Pepper Brooks; 04-03-2012 at 08:48 AM.
L'Olivier opens tonight. It is next to Numbers in what used to a porn shop. Dude was the former exec chef at Tony's.
http://www.29-95.com/restaurants/sto...pen-westheimerBut those are all the physical pleasures. What of the menu delights? Ciesielski has created a crave-worthy menu with nothing on the menu over $22 save for the cote de boeuf for two at $42. Starters include rillettes of salmon, house-made charcuterie, frisee salad with bacon and poached egg, grilled leeks and new potatoes on a bed of French lentils, salad Nicoise, diver scallops with lentils, snapper in papillote, roasted chicken, boeuf Bourgogne, bouillabaisse and, naturally, steak frites
Went to underbelly. This will not be a popular sentiment here, but it sucked. I am not sure i can even type it all out, but suffice to say pretty much everything about it sucked. Waiter was barely functional. Didn't really know the menu, didn't know how to use his wine tool, pretty awkward all the way around, but he did try. Their wine list is quite simply a collection of garbage. I get maybe trying to go off the beaten path to find interesting things that may not be mainstream, but that is not what they have done. I think they probably had to cut costs when they opened, and found a collection of $#@! on the cheap. It is the equivalent of the time GM took their Chevy Cavalier, and did a parts bin dump to turn it into a Cadillac. We had two dishes that were inedible, 2 that were pretty good, and one that was okay. When we told them about the ones that sucked, they basically told us we were wrong. We gave their alleged somelier a list of wines we loves, and asked him to provide something comparable. He brought us something undrinkable, then basically told us to get fvcked when we told him it was terrible, and not even in the same universe as any of the wines we listed as examples of what we liked. won't be going back. The place was jam packed, and it is getting rave reviews, but I think this has to be similar to Brasserie 19. It is based on it being the cool place to be, and the reputation of Chris Shepherd. terrribly disappointed.
Thought it has been open a loooong time, we finally went to RDG + Bar Annie the other night and sat on the terrace. Besides it being a rather "scenic" place, the food was pretty good and we didn't damage our wallet too badly - I enjoyed the rabbit. We walked over to Philippe for drinks afterwards. That could have turned into a problem since the $#@!tails were really good that night. Two great places to pair together.
Coming next year from the same guy who owns Triniti. Opening a place called Brande.
New restaurant with major chef cred is heading into Lower Westheimer row in the former Ruggles Grill building.
Last edited by mycoxaphlopin; 04-26-2012 at 02:15 PM.
Agree - went to L'Olivier last week and really enjoyed it. Great value.
Don't know if any of you ever eat vegan, but I went to Green Seed Vegan today for lunch and it was great. Their menu is based on clean eating and offers panninis, sandwiches, salads, smoothies and desserts. Not sure if their menu is up on their website: www.greenseedvegan.com. The restaurant is on the corner of Wheeler & Almeda. They started out with a food truck.
Went to Green Seed today and thought it was really good (for vegan food). The kale chips are great.
Checked out Katsuya for the first time last night, went with a chick who had been a few other times and based on her take and what I've read on here I was prepared to be underwhelmed. Turned out the food was really good and my friend said that everything (flavors, textures, etc) were much better than previous visits, so maybe they have some of the early kinks worked out.
The service did suck, I had to flag my waiter down to order appetizer, dinner, and to get the check. I didn't think the pricing was out of line so I'm not sure where those complaints are coming from, maybe drink prices are stiff.
The atmosphere was underwhelming because it had been written up so much so I wasn't really taken aback visually or anything. When leaving a cursory glance of the bar scene looked extremely douchey but that's ok every once in awhile. Sometimes you want that kind of a vibe because of the girls it attracts so Katsuya is a place for that sort of thing as well.
All in all, its worth checking out
Last edited by EddieMoney; 05-04-2012 at 07:14 AM.
So she's been there multiple times and wasn't that impressed, yet still went again?
That $#@!ing sucks....their meatballs were outstanding
Choice between Hugo's or Philippe for your birthday... which would you choose and why? (yes, I've been to both)
Hugos, much better location (for me anyway)
Last edited by Pepper Brooks; 05-08-2012 at 02:26 PM.
I like both places and really enjoy the brunch at Hugo's. We also had a big dinner with family at Hugo's about a year ago and I was really happy with how they treated us. That said, there's something about Philippe... I just enjoy going there and the bartenders know what they're doing.
On a related note, if you want to find bartenders who suck, go to Monnalisa... could not make a Dark and Stormy or a Sazerac. I've also been and they couldn't make me a vodka gibson because they didn't have $#@!tail onions. Tangent... sorry.
Off tangent but I really miss Hugo's. I especially miss their brunch. I haven't been to anything that's close to their value and quality out here in the bay area.
I found the Hugo's brunch rather overrated. It was basically their menu except nothing was of the quality that it would be if you ordered it for your entree. Sure there was variety, but the quality suffered.
I am not a frequent diner at either, but I'd vote Phillipe over Hugo's.
Thoughts on Glass Wall?
Funny, found this review on Yelp.. hope this isnt any of you guys
You've heard the disclaimer.."I wanted to give it 4.5" stars... It's true. I rounded down to 4 stars, saving 5 stars for I dont know what yet.
Although the valet and entrance from the side are a bit awkward, forget about it as the place has a fun yet relaxing atmosphere. You feel a tad fancy but there's no "uppityness" in the room. Our waiter was attentive, real, professional, and fun.
My date had the snapper special - perfectly cooked, buttery and delicious. I had the short rib and mac and cheese. GW managed to bring out the full flavor of the short rub while adding a smoky sweetness to it. The mac and cheese was in my top 5 ever, Gouda cheese blend with a tang. Our blue crab tower starter was refreshing.
Gee Dubs is a solid heights date night place. I'll be back again and again. With someone different however. She cheated on me with her (ex sugar daddy) "doctor friend" 30 years her senior and lied about it....twice. But that's not the point. I like Glass Wall.
Glass Wall is great. Solid food, good atmosphere. I like how they have wine pairings by the glass for every entree. You should def try it if you haven't been.
Try the Korean barbeque Kobecue on Richmond/Weslayan. Pretty decent stuff.
Last edited by adude2011; 05-13-2012 at 04:33 PM.
Glass wall is money. It's 200 yards from my house and my overall favorite restaurant in Houston. The food is consistently good, whether we walk up at 5:30 with the kids or pack in during rush hour. I'd never really been exposed to braised short rib before Glass Wall and I order it at least half the time we go. It's great. The whole $#@!ing restaurant is great.
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