Restaurant Reviews

Museum Park Cafe Needs to Take More Chances to Become the Restaurant Patrons Expect

Looking at the dinner menu, it feels as if something's missing. The à la carte portion on the stiff, pale gray paper, printed on the left, is shockingly brief, containing all of five starters, three pasta dishes, four mains and four side dishes. To the right, underneath the words "Kitchen Menu," a chef's tasting menu is offered in six courses for $72.

"Is that it?" my dinner companion asked, turning the menu over only to find a blank page. A short menu can be good thing. No need to spend lengthy minutes perusing a congested list of what usually turn out to be average dishes, trying to divine which are the ones worth ordering.

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Mai Pham is a contributing freelance food writer and food critic for the Houston Press whose adventurous palate has taken her from Argentina to Thailand and everywhere in between -- Peru, Spain, Hong Kong and more -- in pursuit of the most memorable bite. Her work appears in numerous outlets at the local, state and national level, where she is also a luxury travel correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide.
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