Do expect some exclusive menu items at the location, with executive chef Ho Chee Boon planning some Houston-inspired dishes alongside his signature Cantonese. Menu items include scallop shui mai— steamed, wheat flour dumplings with minced prawn and scallop wrapped with egg flour skin pastry and garnished with silky orange tobiko caviar — along with venison puffed pastry, Jasmine tea-smoked pork ribs and more.
The tea list runs deep, with a selection of 24 teas sourced from Five Mountains Organic Teas, including a black tea with grapefruit rinds that will be available only in Houston, and there will be a few tea-based cocktails.
The “sleek” 241-seat restaurant promises more feng shui elements than the ladies man Leon Phelps’s houseboat, thanks to a modern and “harmonious” design from Paris-based firm GBRH, but can all the sexy people in town get access to this pleasure cruise in the first month alone? That will be the question.
5045 Westheimer, yauatcha.com
Planned hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.