The 5 Must-Try Dishes at Feast, Before It Closes for Good
Folks, if you never made it to Feast in the past four years, now is your time. The restaurant announced last week that it will be closing for good in nine months once its lease is up and no Houstonian worth their petroleum-byproduct-enhanced-sunsets should let that sun set on Feast without visiting it at least once.
Photo by ilovebutter Farewell, Feast.
Reaction to the sad news was swift, with several chefs and food personalities weighing in shortly after the announcement.
"I have to say that this is quite possibly the worst news I have heard In a long time," Tweeted chef Chris Shepherd of Underbelly, Feast's neighbor just down Westheimer. "This city will be at a huge loss." The City of Houston's Visitors and Conventions Bureau offered its own condolences as well: "You've brought so much to Houston and the restaurant scene. I hope there are plans for another project in the future."
Asked regular commenter FattyFatBastard in the comments section of last week's post on the impending closure: "Can we use this as a way to let folks like me know what are the 'must try' things here? I'd love to try them out."
We live to serve, Fatty. So here are our top 5 picks for the must-try dishes at Feast.
Honorable Mention: Sticky Toffee Pudding
Photo by Tiffany
A staple of the genre, the sticky toffee pudding at Feast is rightly hailed as the best example of the classic English dessert in the city. Split it with a friend, because it's as dense and rich as the Brant brothers -- but so much sweeter.
5. Exmoor Toasts
These are the perfect starting point to any meal at Feast, for several reasons: For one, the little toasts -- crisped up in pork fat, to give them some added oomph -- are more like a bite-sized amuse bouche than an entire, heavy appetizer; this will be important later on, as the rest of Feast's dishes range in size from Hungry Man Plus to Ye Gods Is That An Entire Cow Head. Additionally, the interesting combination of ingredients -- salty and tender white anchovies atop a layer of clotted cream -- showcases the interesting and unusual ways in which Feast turns traditional British cuisine on its ear, without being too esoteric for most diners. And chances are that if you like the Exmoor toasts, you'll like the odder stuff on Feast's menu -- they're a great bellwether for new diners, and a trusty jumping-off point for regulars.
4. Fish and Scallop Pie
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
This dish -- the first I ever tried at Feast -- is enough to make even the most devout Jew reconsider the whole no-mixing-dairy-with-meat or no-eating-shellfish thing. The pie is only a pie in the loosest sense of the word, and is more like a casserole of tender fish and fat scallops topped with a leek-and-cheese-filled crust of mashed potatoes. And like the next dish on this list, the side dish -- perfectly roasted brussels sprouts -- may make you reconsider your childhood dislike of certain foodstuffs.