Best New Restaurant - 2012
With Oxheart, husband-and-wife chefs Justin Yu and Karen Man have created a restaurant that feels everything like and nothing like Houston at once. The bold menus offer only three different tastings nightly — two four-course meals (one of which is vegetarian) and one seven-course meal. They use a fascinating array of ingredients obtained locally and techniques they picked up across the globe, transforming simple potatoes or kale into dishes that look as if they could be installations at the Contemporary Arts Museum. The cozy but airy interior has a similar museum-like feel to it, light and open, that allows you to watch Oxheart's talented team of cooks at work and relax while you embark on a culinary adventure that's simply out of this world.