First Look at Nosh, Which Hosted Its Grand Opening Last Week

If you haven't yet heard of Nosh Bistro -- the new restaurant offering South and Southeast Asian-style shared plates in Upper Kirby -- prepare yourself. Last week's grand opening party will undoubtedly have tongues wagging.

Located next to Taco Cabana just north of the Southwest Freeway on Kirby, Nosh was the place to be seen last Thursday night as socialites, families, foodies and beglittered fashionistas packed into the small eatery for the official celebration of the restaurant's launch.

With free-flowing wine, beer and champagne, attendees eagerly "noshed" on finger foods while a DJ blasted music that turned the restaurant into a happening bar scene for several hours. So many people were packed into the small space that it was barely standing-room-only, but no one seemed to mind. The spirit was festive, the food kept coming and everyone was having a good time.

Executive Chef Carlos Gonzales, who was raised in Chicago and is of Latin American descent, was enthusiastic about the turnout and his new menu, which he developed with owner and restaurateur Neera Patidar.

"I worked at a restaurant specializing in Indo-Latin fusion for some time," he explained when asked about his admirable grasp of South Indian flavors.

The evening's menu included lamb meatballs, chickpea tostadas, tamarind-marinated chicken, spicy flatbreads and more. Food disappeared almost as soon as the kitchen sent it out as guests snacked on the flavor-packed offerings. The food was anything but boring, and I left thinking: What an exciting new addition to the Houston culinary scene.

See more photos from Nosh's grand opening on the following page...

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