Top 10 Restaurants in Montrose
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt L'Olivier offers both hearty and light French fare.
I loved L'Olivier from the moment I walked in and saw the herringbone marble floors in the charming, bright bar that leads into a low-key, comfortable dining room fitted with mod fixtures and a floor-to-ceiling glass wine room. Where Brasserie Max & Julie is all rustic, old-school, cozy French bistro, L'Olivier is light and airy and entirely modern -- an aesthetic reflected in its menu. You'll find a scallop, shrimp and fish ceviche in yuzu juice alongside more traditional favorites like paté, or a smoked salmon risotto (topped with a luscious poached egg) alongside that Julia Child favorite, boeuf bourguignon.
Although much of the buzz about chef Anita Jaisinghani's restaurants lately has been concentrated around Pondicheri, it's at older sister Indika where Jaisinghani first made her mark on Houston. Named the Best Indian Restaurant in Houston in 2006, 2007 and 2009 and "the best Indian restaurant in the country" by Robb Walsh, Indika doesn't skimp on spice and it offers the kind of exotic fare you wouldn't expect to find in gentrified Montrose: goat brains masala with apricot-pistachio naan, for example, or tandoori antelope.
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt Pork belly and potato cakes at Feast.
Although its chefs -- Richard Knight and James Silk -- are well-known for cooking the kind of nose-to-tail British cuisine they learned under Fergus Henderson, there are actually far more dishes on Feast's menu than pork heart tartare, lamb tongue and beef sweetbreads (although those are all reliably excellent options). Vegetarians will take comfort in a dish of roasted portobello mushrooms with braised lentils and goat cheese, while pescatarians will enjoy a pan-fried filet of Gulf tuna. The wine and beer lists are short but stellar, and cocktails are well-made. Dessert is also a must here, with sticky toffee pudding standing out as the best in town.
4. Da Marco
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt Tagliarini with truffles at Da Marco, one of Marco Wiles' three excellent restaurants along Lower Westheimer.
We named Marco Wiles's signature restaurant, Da Marco, the Best Italian Restaurant in this year's Best of Houston® issue and the Best Restaurant (yes, in the entire city) in last year's Best of Houston® issue in part because you can be assured of a fantastic meal here along with some truly lovely service. Gourmet once called Da Marco, "as close to Italy as you can get without leaving Texas," and this still holds true. Part of that is due to Wiles's insistence on flying in the best Italian ingredients on a weekly basis such as fresh Mediterranean seafood and items for its separate cheese menu. And part of that is due to Wiles's deep knowledge of Italian cuisine made modern, seen in dishes such as branzino carpaccio with pine nuts and foie gras or simple, house-made tagliarini with shaved black truffles.