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“Creativity at it's Best! James Beard 2016 Best Chef Southwest recipient!”
Review of Oxheart - CLOSED

Oxheart
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: We are native Houstonians with a restaurant in Houston that gathers Texas's best ingredients, cooked in a focused, creative way. Our restaurant is our home, so please come as you are to relax, eat, and drink. We look forward to having you join us for dinner.
Reviewed 20 August 2016

We were lucky enough to get a reservation here right after their summer break. The restaurant is located in an old part of town but is fun & artsy. The choices were either the Summer or Garden menu both being 6 course tastings. We chose the Summer menu which offered fish & chicken. The Garden menu was vegetarian. The service was attentive & I enjoyed meeting the brilliant chef/owner who brought us a few of our courses. Each course was described in detail by the server. From the first course to the last, everything was divine. Very different than anything I've tasted before & delicious. The crystal dumplings in the apple broth w/ Jasmine tea & braised roselle & raw beans piqued my taste buds. Yummy! That was the first course & it just never stopped. Mung bean crepes w/ pickeled beets & burnt Onion stuffed w/ allium, potatoe skins & Miso! Such masterful creations! And the porridge of Texas grains, w/ vadouvan, cauliflower & navel oranges. Geez, I wanted more!!! The course w/ gulf snapper served before the porridge was perfect, w/ a basil -kombu broth, sqash & salted fruits! Really!! Who thinks like this? And the Freedom Ranger chicken stuffed w/ Rice & collards was tasty. The dessert was a strawberry glazed w/ mushrooms, sorghum & lime sitting next to the most delish Creme Fraiche ever! I thought my guy was going to pick up the plate & lick it clean.
They told us the menu is changing so be prepared to try new seasonal options. All I can say, Justin Yu, you're a genius!!!! I totally understand why you were the James Beard recipient this year for "Best Chef Southwest 2016" Congratulations!!
Service also deserves a reward, very attentive and personable!
Tip: when making reservation which must be done online w/ credit card securing reservation, request the bar seats, lots more action there to observe the creative team at work. This place only has 30 seats! Tight quarters, they also have beverage pairings, wine & beer, lots of yummy options to choose from.

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Thank Lexibelle
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Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

My wife booked an early dinner for two of us at this restaurant. We got early, quite clear info about parking and had no problem to find the place as it has clearly displayed street number on the door. Yes, no sign but it really doesn't matter and in fact makes it more interesting to find. Place is small and very similar to many new restaurants one can find in London and Paris. Excellent welcoming and just right attention from friendly staff. I had a Summer menu and my wife had the Garden. We choose our own wine. As expected from the proper restaurant of such setup, portions were small, yet delicious and didn't leave us hungry afterwards. All dishes were very tasty if not excellent. Overall a definite culinary experience and something different from a typical Houston oversized menus in large and noisy establishments. It's pricey but comparable to a one Michelin star restaurants of Europe. Well done!

Thank arturstankiewicz
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Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Not your everyday food:). You can eat tacos, burgers or pizza every night of the week but what you experience at Oxheart is the amazing combination of every day food prepared with exquisite twist! We were in heaven! From the first course all the way through dessert! Well worth booking and going!

Thank Katarzyna S
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Reviewed 1 July 2016

Located in the North Art's District, this place takes careful consideration of each component of food on your plate. It is a simple and honest approach to good food, with the creativity and imagination that takes your experience to another level. I urge you to try the food with the wine pairing. All their servers are highly knowledgeable and if you are keen to details, this restaurant is the place for you. It is quiet, small and focused. Your food will reflect a certain kind of peace that you can achieve by meditation, this time, you're just taking a bite off your plate.

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Thank Nadira B
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

First, Once one arrives, there is no sign to enter. The OLD wooden double doors on the corner of the street is the entrance. Parking is tough but there is no charge at the meters after 6pm..Once inside, the restaurant is quite small and intimate. Sitting at the Bar on the corners would be a great place to be. Not that the art, bar, silverware, specialty knives and food all comes from artists, farmers and ranchers locally. A choice of two tasting menus are your only choices. Please understand that this is a gastronomic experience, not a gorging. The portions are small and very flavorful. Savor every bite. The accompanying beverages are perfectly paired. I recommend the 5 beverage pairing. Instead of wine on one dish of "porridge grains", we were served a wheat beer that was perfect with the plate. Great care was taken on every portion and the five of us agreed that this was a World Class experience. Justin even gave up his favorite burger places...Go!

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Thank Ted77019
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