While celebrating my birthday month (why settle for just one day) my girlfriends took me on a day’s outing to the Houston Galleria. After a little shopping and a makeup tutorial at Nordstrom, we headed to the newly refurbished Saks Fifth Avenue.
Before lunching at the main restaurant, we stopped at Bar 12 on the first floor. What a great idea to set up a bar in the middle of a department store. We noticed that the bar seemed very popular with the male shoppers.
“Bar 12 serves as the perfect gathering space to enjoy a selection of coffee beverages and pastries in the morning, or to relax with a glass of champagne or handcrafted cocktail with bar bites in the afternoon or evening”
Now I do love a good cocktail but am usually torn as my all-time favorite drink is champagne. So, the bartender suggested I try a French 75. This cocktail is made by mixing ice, gin, lemon juice, with a little simple syrup, and then topping with champagne. Oh, it was delicious but quite deadly strong! We decided we needed a little snack to go with the cocktail and ordered a shrimp starter. Three huge and very ‘meaty’ shrimps served on a bed of veggie strips and in a spicy sauce were just perfect.
Next, we headed to the main restaurant located on the second floor.
“globally inspired, locally minded cuisine utilizing seasonal ingredients” Executive Chef Pedro Silva
The décor is quite beautiful. Read a full description of how the designer created the elegant and sophisticated interior in this Absolutely Memorial editorial.
Our first taste of the cuisine soon began as our server delivered a bowl of freshly baked pretzel rolls. The whipped butter only enhanced the slightly sweet coating on the bread. We could have easily indulged with bowl after bowl of these light and airy rolls but decided to save our appetite
The lunch menu had quite a few options that sounded yummy so we decided to order a few dishes to share.
We began with the Maryland crab cake. One large crab cake was served on a bed of lobster bisque and came with an additional bowl of bisque and a rather tangy mayonnaise. Not sure if it was the crab cake or the sauce but there was some definite heat going on with this dish.
Our final appetizer was a grilled blackened chicken wrap served with spicy coated fries. The whole-wheat tortilla was packed full of chicken, avocado, tomato and combined in a creamy chipotle lime aioli.
Dessert was a hard decision. Our server recommended the white chocolate bread pudding as she said it’s a great sharing dish. We almost went for the Godiva chocolate cake with butterscotch, raspberry and butter pecan ice cream (yum right!). But finally, we decided on the Pecan Pie. Not a boring choice at all as the warmed pie also comprised of dark Belgium chocolate and coconut flakes and was topped with vanilla ice cream.
Now I guess you could call us ladies that lunch (just on this occasion) but I’m sure that even a ‘serious foodie’ would enjoy the dishes served up in this sophisticated restaurant.
Address: 5175 Westheimer Road, Saks Fifth Avenue
Hours: 51fifteen Hours Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m, Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m, Sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m, Happy Hour: 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Brunch: Saturday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m, Sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
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