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Five New Tables to Try

Robin Barr Sussman | December 4, 2017 | Feature Features

Looking for a hot restaurant to take visiting guests over the holidays? From Asian to Mexican and European-influenced small plates, here are new restaurants you may have missed that are sure to impress. The eat is on!
Xochi seared scallops

1. Aqui
The theme is everything Asian at this stunning Montrose newcomer by Uchi alum and James Beard winner chef Paul Qui. Anticipate scrumptious dim sum style bites, small plates and entrees inflected with Filipino, Thai and Singaporean-inspired flavors. 520 Westheimer Rd., 713.360.7834

2. Kukuri
Michelin-starred sushi chef Shimao Ishikawa from New York proffers an omakase menu that combines cooked dishes with sushi and sashimi. Prepare to linger over multiple courses that might include fish flown in from Tokyo. The a la carte offerings include tempura vegetables and Wagyu preparations. 1902 Washington Ave., 346.234.4060

3. Star Fish
Bring the whole group for oceans of fresh seafood, burgers, pasta, a raw bar—even lobster tacos—in a bustling brasserie-style setting. There’s no shortage of bold flavors or eye opening cocktails including a signature martini menu. 191 Heights Blvd., 832.831.9820

4. Theodore Rex
This tiny casual eatery by chef Justin Yu (formerly Oxheart in the Warehouse district) is one hot table, so make reservations. Portions are generous and inventive: Think pumpkin and squash in Cowhorn pepper sauce; stewed beef cheek; flounder in steamed collard greens. 1302 Nance St., 832.830.8592

5. Xochi
Grab a seat on the spacious patio overlooking Discovery Green at chef Hugo Ortega’s latest venture in the grand new Marriott Marquis. The menu spotlights Oaxacan cuisine with soulful dishes like rabbit on puffed black tortilla, scallops in mole verde, and slow-cooked suckling pig with tatuma squash. 1777 Walker St., 713.400.3330


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