Emmaline, 3210 West Dallas, made its much-anticipated debut on December 11. Operating partner and native Houstonian, Sam Governale, has teamed up with executive chef, Dimitri Voutsinas, pastry chef, Alyssa Dole, and designer, Ashley Putman, to bring an “American restaurant with European refinement” to the River Oaks area. Within walking distance of Buffalo Bayou Park, there are pet-friendly patios (we’re assuming dogs, not boa constrictors) and bicycle racks, perfect for a rewarding glass of wine after a brisk hike or bike around the park. There are dishes like sea scallop
Doris Metropolitan, 2815 Shepherd, opened December 1, as reported by Houston Culture Map. The posh, elegant steakhouse evolved out of an Israeli butcher shop, Doris Butchers. First opened in Costa Rica in 2010, then New Orleans in 2013, the partners, Itai Ben Ali, chef Sash Kurgan, and Dori Rebi Chia, chose Houston for the latest outpost due to the diversity of the city, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The dry-aged steaks are prepared sous-vide before being grilled and the appetizer menu has a different take than many Houston steakhouses, with Mediterranean and vegetable inspired dishes such as Jerusalem salad, a dish of roasted cauliflower, shallots, tomato salsa, tahini, and yogurt.
With an upscale
Eclair Paris, 2278 W. Holcombe, opened October 24. Owners Martial and Thuy Demonet are bringing their 20 years of restaurant and bakery savoir-faire from Paris to Houston. The bistro and patisserie
Moxie’s Grill and Bar, 5000 Westheimer, had its opening VIP party on November 30, according to the Chronicle. The Canadian chain has more than 60 locations in Canada and was bought by Vancouver businessman, Tom Gaglardi, owner of the Dallas Stars hockey team, in 1998. Gaglardi’s first U.S. location opened in Dallas in 2016., with the Houston restaurant making the second. The Galleria eatery has two stories and a glass-encased kitchen. The ubiquitous Canadian favorite, poutine — a dish of french fries covered in Quebec cheese curds and hot beef gravy- is on the menu along with burgers and steaks from Lone Star Meats.
Hankook Kwan, 9140 Bellaire Boulevard, had its grand opening December 9, according to Eater Houston, under new ownership. The Korean BBQ eatery is located in the Welcome Shopping Center in Houston’s Chinatown. Operated by Jang Yul Woo, who recently moved to Houston from Seoul, Korea, the restaurant offers dishes like beef Bulgogi and short ribs in individual portions or preset combos for feeding a small group.
Mastro’s Steakhouse,1650 West Loop South in The Post Oak at Uptown Houston, opened December 8. Tilman Fertitta,
Bubble Egg, 9188 Bellaire Boulevard, began its soft opening on December 3, with a grand opening on December 11, as reported by Eater Houston. The bubble waffles, a street food in Hong Kong, have made their way to Houston as a cone for ice cream and
Nancy’s Hustle, 2704 Polk, opened November 29. The EaDo restaurant serves a continental cuisine with French dishes like rabbit leg confit, a meat not often seen on Houston menus. The rabbit entree also comes with bacon-wrapped rabbit loin, braised beans
El Tiempo Cantina,20237 Gulf Freeway, opened December 14 in the Clear Lake/Webster area. This is the eighth El Tiempo location from father-son duo Roland and Domenic Laurenzo.
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Sable Gate Winery, 2600 Travis, had its grand opening November 4, according to Swamplot. The micro-winery offers more than 50 different kinds of wine from globally-sourced grapes. For oenophiles, business owners and brides/grooms looking to make a splash, owners Szilvia Konya and Bob Egan can guide wannabe vintners into making their own batch of personalized wine from pre-crushed grapes. The winery also serves wine by the glass and has a bistro menu with soups, flatbreads and charcuterie boards.
Former Houston Press reporter, Cuc Lam is collaborating with Jerry Lasco, CEO of Lasco Enterprises, to bring a casual Singaporean restaurant to the Garden Oaks/ Oak Forest in the spring of 2018, as Kate McLean reported for the Press. The aptly named restaurant, Sing, will feature dishes inspired by Lam’s 20 years of experience cooking the cuisines of China, Vietnam
Wine, beer and sake on tap will be available, as well as Thai iced tea and Vietnamese coffee. Lease negotiations for the space at 1737 W. 34th are still pending.