Straits Restaurant

Straits serves modern Singaporean cuisine with Thai and Vietnamese influences with a lounge-like atmosphere in CityCentre near Memorial. Hip decor, a large outdoor dining area and swift, friendly servers make it an upscale hangout by night and a relaxing lunch spot by day. The San Francisco-based restaurant has adapted well to Houston thanks to Chef John Sikhattana, who runs a tight ship and keeps the food hot, fresh and spicy—just as Singaporean dishes should be. Standouts include the whole fried striped bass, a creamy-sour laksa noodle soup, fragrant Hainan chicken and the flaky, addictive roti prata.