3 Standout Vegetarian Tasting Menus in HoustonBy Marcy de Luna
July 24, 2014
It’s no secret we like our meat here in the Lone Star State. But in addition to tasty ‘cue, burgers and steaks, we also love veggies. Here are three all-star vegetable tasting menus so fantastic, you won’t even miss the meat.
Oxheart’s chef Justin Yu is known for his magic touch when it comes to creating exquisite vegetable dishes. Sure to cast a spell on even the most veggie-averse, the four-course garden menu ($49) at his downtown restaurant begins with an orange root feast of preserved heirloom carrots, raw and caramelized carrots and carrot top fritters. Move on to steamed squash with charred succotash, gremolata (parsley, garlic and lemon zest dressing) and mint; followed by a hearty stew of kale, fermented vegetables and horseradish dumplings. Save room for the tomato tart with green tomato jam, frangipane (almond-flavored cream) and vanilla ice cream.
Looking to share? The all-veggie omasake tasting menu at Uchi serves two and includes a rotating mix of the kitchen's greatest hits (available as six or ten courses; $170-$220). Expect dishes like roasted golden beets (pictured above), veggie yokai (Japanese for monster) and Uchi salad (baby greens with edamame-jalapeno dressing).
There's a lot to love about Triniti Restaurant, located on Shepherd near West Alabama, from the eye-catching interior (open kitchen, impressive chandeliers and art) to the seasonal, progressive American cuisine. The vegetarian tasting menu ($65) is six courses of produce heaven (we recommend springing for wine pairings for $45). While the menu is updated weekly, anticipate dishes like corn chowder; watermelon, dandelion and black pepper burrata cheese; eggplant with roasted squash, heirloom tomatoes and parmesan crumble; caramelli pasta with ricotta, peas, artichoke, pine nuts and tomato cream (pictured above); puff pastry with garbanzo beans, English peas, potatoes and radishes; and a meringue-topped strawberry and chocolate dessert.