BY Mai Pham | May 24, 2019 | Food & Drink
Happy hour just got happier. Area chefs reinvent the five o’clock menu with deliciously luxe ingredients and presentations.
Nobu’s most famed cocktail, the lychee martini, is on offer during its Tanoshi Hour.
Historically, happy hour menus were pretty basic: a few discounted well liquor drinks, cans of Lone Star, forgettable fried bar bites. But that was then. These days, Houston establishments have upped the ante with shareables and small bites designed to entice even the most discerning of foodies. Take La Table’s Marché (3 to 6:30pm, latablehouston.com) on Post Oak, for example. Decadent choices like caramelized cheese souffle and Hudson Valley foie gras terrine are on offer alongside a selection of wine, beer and cocktails such as the raspberry mule.
Just down the street at James Beard Award-winning chef Hugo Ortega’s coastal seafood restaurant, Caracol (3 to 7pm, caracol.net), patrons can feast on items ranging from mini lobster rolls to specially priced platters of wood-roasted Gulf oysters topped with chipotle butter, and wash everything down with a spicy pineapple Paloma or a glass of the restaurant’s signature red wine sangria.
Marché’s Hudson Valley foie gras terrine with plum compote, rhubarb and warm brioche is $15 off during happy hour.
Over at the Galleria, the famed Tanoshi Hour at celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Nobu (5 to 7pm, noburestaurants.com) includes expectedly beautiful plates of yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, the chef’s famous black cod served over butter lettuce and cocktails like a lychee martini. Meanwhile, Michelin-starred dim sum house Yauatcha (4 to 7pm, yauatcha.com) tempts palates with a Flow & Prosper menu featuring fancy dim sum such as roasted duck pumpkin puffs, crispy mushroom spring rolls with black truffle and craft cocktails such as the Cobra Orchid, made with Hine VSOP cognac.
BB Lemon serves up all-wagyu hot dogs 3 to 6pm
At Riel (5 to 6:30pm, rielhtx.com) in Montrose, chef Ryan Lachaine’s roasted bone marrow with seasonal jam and toasted brioche can be finished off with an optional shot of Old Grand-Dad bourbon.
And if wagyu beef is your thing, Roka Akor (4:30 to 6pm, rokaakor.com) in Highland Village lures guests with a happy hour offering of wagyu and kimchi dumplings; Kata Robata (5 to 6:30pm, katarobata.com) in Upper Kirby tempts with Texas Kobe Yakiniku sushi rolls; and BB Lemon (3 to 6pm, bblemon.com) in the Sixth Ward beckons with wagyu hot dogs.
Photography Courtesy Of: BB Lemon photo by Bonner Rhae Photography; la table, marché photo by becca wright; nobu photo courtesy of nobu restaurants