Take Advantage of HRW at 7 Upscale RestaurantsBy Marcy de Luna
August 4, 2014
Details: The French menu at the Midtown-area restaurant focuses on creative combinations ($45).
First Course: Baked escargot, mixed green salad with lemon vinaigrette or cream of white onion soup.
Second Course: Trout and wild oyster mushroom risotto, lobster casserole or roasted pork filet mignon and curried stew.
Third Course: Profiteroles with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce, chocolate mousse or blueberry clafoutis (baked French dessert with fruit) with orange sorbet.
Other HRW Meals: $20 two-course lunch.
Brasserie 19 (pictured above)
Details: The chi-chi River Oaks restaurant, a must for people-watching, serves tasty French and New American food ($35).
First Course: Soup du jour, foie gras torchon (pink peppercorn, strawberry jam, basil and pistachio), house salad with truffle honey vinaigrette or house-cured salmon gravlax (Nordic dish with salmon) with smoked crème fraîche, dill, cucumber, capers and pickled red onion.
Second Course: Cassolette l’orge with vegetables, coq au vin (braised half hen in red wine), rainbow trout almondine or duck leg confit.
Third Course: Crème brûlée, lemon Bavarian (shortbread crumble with lemon curd and toasted marshmallow) or dark chocolate cake.
Brennan's of Houston
Details: Southern charm abounds at the upscale Midtown locale with Texas Creole eats ($35).
First Course: Turtle soup, house salad with red wine herb vinaigrette or soup du jour.
Second Course: Chicken Creole with toasted garlic Jazzmen rice, Southern cast-iron-seared salmon (over sautéed peppers, onions, fire-roasted corn, tomatoes and okra) or filet mignon and smoked potato purée or Creole ratatouille tart.
Third Course: Bananas Foster or bread pudding.
Other HRW Meals: $20 two-course lunch and $25 three-course brunch.
Damian's Cucina Italiana
Details: Serving authentic Italian cuisine for over 20 years, the Midtown restaurant is a long-time local favorite ($35).
First Course: Insalata mista (radicchio, cucumber, celery, tomato, red onion, olives and Italian vinaigrette), verge Gorgonzola (Romaine lettuce tossed in a walnut dressing with Gorgonzola cheese) or sweet-potato ravioli.
Second Course: Eggplant parmigiana, lasagna Bolognese, flounder Russo (topped with scallops, sweet peppers, and caper butter) and vegetables or 6-oz. filet mignon with mushroom marsala sauce, garlic mashed potatoes and green beans.
Third Course: Lemon panna cotta, bread pudding with bourbon sauce or spumoni (strawberry, pistachio and chocolate) gelato.
Étoile Cuisine et Bar (pictured above)
Details: The Uptown Park restaurant offers a modern spin on authentic French-Mediterranean dishes ($45).
First Course: Escargot de Bourgogne (parsley and garlic butter), red and golden beet salad with warm almond-crusted goat cheese, Maine lobster bisque or beef tartare with ciabatta crostini.
Second Course: Lemon sole (with Peruvian fingerling potatoes, snow peas and roasted cauliflower), braised lamb shank (with couscous and summer vegetables), summer vegetables and white-corn risotto, duck leg confit (with truffle pommes mousseline and spring salad) or braised beef short ribs in Cabernet Sauvignon syrup (with butternut squash mousseline).
Third Course: Dark chocolate pot de crème (French dessert custard) with caramel ice cream, lemon and rosemary ice cream with meringue and berries or pistachio and vanilla profiteroles with chocolate sauce.
Other HRW Meals: $25 three-course brunch.
Details: Feast on Euro-inspired fare at the casually elegant restaurant near the Galleria ($45).
First Course: Risotto du jour, garlic-seared calamari, bacon-wrapped quail breast, soup du jour, chopped Boston salad (with English cucumber relish, feta cheese and aged balsamic vinaigrette) or baby spinach salad (with goat cheese, onion confit, roasted walnuts and garlic vinaigrette).
Second Course: Caramelized diver scallops and Hawaiian big-eye tuna, herb-roasted rack of lamb, Hawaiian swordfish, filet mignon in wild mushroom bordelaise or chicken breast in citrus-caper emulsion.
Third Course: Warm double-chocolate fondant; shortbread sandy; homemade meringue with fresh strawberries; strawberry, mango and limoncello; or cinnamon and sugar mini-donuts.
Triniti Restaurant & Lounge
Details: You'll be impressed by the rich decor (impressive chandeliers, eye-catching art), and the seasonal, progressive American food ($45).
First Course: Local greens with soy-mustard vinaigrette, lemon meringue, Lamb Chopper cheese and almonds, corn chowder or tortelloni in tomato crema.
Second Course: Amberjack with broccoli rabe and white beans, double-cut pork chop with peaches and yucca or risotto with Parmesan crumble and taleggio (soft cheese).
Third Course: Ocoa cremieux (macadamia rocher and orange feuilletine), raspberry sherbet with chocolate crumble and roasted pineapple or passion fruit panna cotta.
The month-long event runs August 1-September 1. For a complete list of participating restaurants and menus, click here.