Houston’s restaurant scene is truly diverse with every kind of cuisine on offer. But one trend that I really appreciate is the move towards ‘healthy’. True Food Kitchen caught my eye when I visited this part of town recently to try out another restaurant, Rise No 2. The outdoor seating area proved the ideal location for a light weekday lunch with my husband.
True Food Kitchen originated in Arizona and now has restaurants in 11 states and counting. The menus are designed around the ethos that food should make you feel better, not worse, and that you shouldn’t need to forgo taste to live healthily. Now who doesn’t love that idea?
“… a health-driven, seasonal restaurant merging nutrient-rich ingredients with a flavor-forward menu that rotates regularly to let guests experience great-tasting ingredients at the peak of their freshness. (website)
The décor has an Asian-inspired feel but with pops of yellows and greens. We headed straight to the outside patio area as the weather was glorious and I feel that I need to make the most of eating alfresco before it gets super-hot and humid.
The menu options are a little different from many other restaurants in Houston. The one-page lunch menu included sections for Vegetables and Bowels, alongside the more traditional options such as Pizzas and Salads. Additionally, there are sections for Juices, Teas and Refreshers, and Cocktails. The reverse side of the menu offered Beer & Cider, and Wines (sparkling, red, and white). Drinks had markings – Sustainable, Bi-dynamic, Organic and Gluten Free. The menu caters to many different food preferences with markings showing what options are gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian.
We began our lunch with a glass of the Italian Prosecco (USD 9 a glass) and the Californian Pinot Grigio (USD 7 a glass) while we studied our food options.
The bowls section caught our eye with four tasty sounding selections. All the bowls had the options to add tofu, chicken, shrimp, grass-fed steak and steelhead salmon for an additional charge. I went with the Spicy Penang Curry (USD 15). A bowl of bright orange coconut shrimp broth with organic potatoes, long bean, bok choy, carrot and Thai basil arrived alongside a side of quinoa to mix into the curry. Initially I was surprised at the liquidity of the curry. The dish certainly packed a spicy punch and with large chunks of vegetables and the quinoa the consistency proved perfect.
David also went with a Bowl selection, choosing the Red Chili Noodles and adding chicken to up his protein count (USD 15 + 4). The spicy noodles came with gai lan, zucchini, shitake mushroom, snow peas and cashew.
Portions were not huge (as usually everything is bigger in Texas) but ideal for one for lunch without the need for a to go box or the risk of overindulging.
We decided to indulge our sweet tooth and ordered the Flourless Chocolate Cake that came with caramel, vanilla ice cream and cocoa nibs (USD 7). A large cup of latte and cappuccino rounded off our delicious, and hopefully healthy, lunch.
I know my restaurant choice is a success when hubby says he likes it and would come back. There were many items on the menu that sounding tempting and so we would gladly return to sample more dishes.
Address: Blvd Place, 1700 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston, TX 77056
Phone: 281 605 2505
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-9pm, Brunch Sat & Sun 10am-4pm
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