Olivier Ciesielski

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    UPDATED: L'Olivier Removed from Houston Restaurant Weeks

    It appears you can get kicked out of a charity event for breaking the rules. CultureMap Houston's Eric Sandler broke the news earlier this afternoon that L'Olivier was removed from the lineup of restaurants in Houston Restaurant Weeks for its $30 lunch menu at the restaurant; the online menu display ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    Ceviche Throwdown: Cuchara and Latin Bites Duke It Out

    Mexican ceviche and Peruvian cebiche are two very different beasts, as Cuchara owner Ana Beaven and Latin Bites owner Rita Castre frequently find themselves explaining to customers. "A lot of customers ask why doesn't our ceviche have tortillas, and we have to explain that we don't have tortillas ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Passaporto Italia Begins at Central Market

    Head to Canyon Creek Cafe on Tuesday, April 29, for a five-course beer dinner paired with brews from Buffalo Bayou, Saint Arnold and Karbach. The beer dinner costs $65 and begins at 6 p.m. with crispy calamari paired with Buffalo Bayou Figaro - Belgian Fig. Next, Canyon Creek will serve a roasted ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    L'ots to L'ove on L'Olivier's New Spring Menu

    Here are three things I like: French food, trying new restaurants, and French food. I said "French food" twice because I really, really like it. It is so unlike the home-style, Italian-American fare I grew up on, and yet there is something so familiar and comforting about it. That I will be a tall, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Cinco de Malo and a Wine Dinner at a Gastropub

    L'Olivier, the subject of a very recent (and mostly glowing) cafe review, is celebrating its one-year anniversary this coming Tuesday, April 23. In honor of that milestone, the restaurant is hosting its inaugural Soiree de Printemps -- a springtime soiree -- with an all-day happy hour menu, live mus ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 4, 2013

    Gloriously Gallic at L'Olivier

    L’Olivier stays grounded in French bistro territory while still managing the occasional surprise.

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    January 18, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Somm-vasion at Phil's Wine Lounge and More

    The brand-new Phil's Wine Lounge downstairs at Philippe is breaking in its boots by launching a Guest Sommelier Series starting February 6. Hosted by Vanessa Trevino Boyd -- resident sommelier at Philippe and last year's Best of HoustonĀ® winner for Best Sommelier -- the series will feature intimate ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    Underdogs and Juggernauts

    The 10 best new restaurants of 2012.

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    December 18, 2012

    The 10 Best New Houston Restaurants of 2012

    If I had to pick one word to describe the mad, exciting rush of restaurant activity that's defined 2012, it would be this: exhilarating. Followed closely by: exhausting. Trying to keep up with every single new restaurant that's flung open its doors exuberance -- welcoming the city's burgeoning food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    10 Dishes We're Excited About on Houston Restaurants' New Fall Menus

    Roost Bistro is one of the restaurants with an exciting fall menu. Fall means looking forward to more than just oyster season, chili cook-offs and pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks. It means that plenty of our favorite restaurants (and, yes, bars too) across the city are issuing new seasonal menus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Adieu, Chez Roux et Bonjour, L'Olivier

    When one French door closes, another opens. Case in point: L'Olivier, the much anticipated restaurant from former Tony's executive chef Olivier Ciesielski, had its soft opening last night. At the same time, news hit that Chez Roux -- the fine dining destination restaurant at La Toretta del Lago's re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Openings & Closings: L'Olivier Is Landing

    First, chef Junnajet Hurrapan's new hotspot Blu opens up in Sugar Land's Town Square. Now, the development is getting another interesting addition. According to the weekly B4-U-Eat newsletter: The Japaneiro's people are opening Guru Burgers & Crepes at Sugar Land Town Square in May. It will serve g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Kevin Bryant of The Capitol at St. Germain

    Photo by Mai PhamKevin Bryant, Executive Chef at The Capitol at St. Germain​Kevin Bryant epitomizes Southern charm. There's just something about him that puts you at ease immediately, so for our chat, I felt like I catching up with an old friend. Maybe it's the fact that he loves dogs. Alth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Welcome Back, Brownstone Cafe and An Historic Pub Crawl

    Photo by Alex GreggChris Frankel will be shaking things up once again at Giacomo's.​Ghost hunters and professional drinkers, you'll want to sign up for tonight's Historic Pub Crawl starting at the Lancaster Hotel. The tour will take you through five area pubs (with half-off happy hour fare at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Openings & Closings: Familiar Faces Edition

    Hubcap Grill's new fence outside its soon-to-be-open restaurant on 19th Street.​Some familiar faces will soon be popping up around town, from the Heights to Montrose and back again, starting with the news that Olivier Ciesielski -- the former executive chef at Tony's -- will be opening his ver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Openings & Closings: The Chock Full o'Nuts Edition

    Yeah, I don't understand this either.​Remember last week, when we blithely reported that it had been such a wonderful week of good news? Prepare yourself for a mixed bag this week -- and it's a big bag -- starting with the ugly stuff. After Caffe Bello's abrupt closure, there were rumors that ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 5, 2006

    A New Tony's Order

    A Houston mainstay becomes a destination for culinary thrill-seekers

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    June 13, 1996
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    May 25, 1995

    Diner's Notebook

    Restaurant Stew

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    April 13, 1995

    French Paradox

    Part bistro, part fine restaurant, L'aventure Cafe is off to a flying start