pepper twins heads west

Popular Montrose Chinese restaurant set to spice up Memorial-area shopping mecca

Popular Montrose Chinese restaurant set to spice up Memorial area

Mr. and Mrs. Smith appetizer at Pepper Twins
The famous Mr. and Mrs. Smith appetizer. Photo courtesy of Pepper Twins
Pepper Twins owner Yunan Yang
Pepper Twins owner Yunan Yang. Photo courtesy of Pepper Twins
Ingredients for Red Oil at Pepper Twins
Only some of the ingredients for the Red Oil. Photo courtesy of Pepper Twins
Red Oil from Pepper Twins
The finished product. Photo courtesy of Pepper Twins
Hot Berkshire pork belly from Pepper Twins
Hot Berkshire pork belly. Photo courtesy of Pepper Twins
Mapo Tofu from Pepper Twins
Mapo Tofu. Photo courtesy of Pepper Twins
Tea being poured at Pepper Twins
Tea is an important part of each meal. Photo courtesy of Pepper Twins
Pepper Twins chicken
Pepper Twins chicken. Photo courtesy of Pepper Twins
Mr. and Mrs. Smith appetizer at Pepper Twins
Pepper Twins owner Yunan Yang
Ingredients for Red Oil at Pepper Twins
Red Oil from Pepper Twins
Hot Berkshire pork belly from Pepper Twins
Mapo Tofu from Pepper Twins
Tea being poured at Pepper Twins
Pepper Twins chicken

CityCentre’s already booming restaurant scene is about to get even hotter: Pepper Twins just announced a fall opening in a space overlooking CityCentre’s central plaza.

The restaurant, featuring flavors from China’s Sichuan province, will occupy a second-floor slot, with 3,471 square feet, a shared terrace, and a private patio facing an interior courtyard. The super popular concept should prove a hit with diners seeking value and food that feel both adventurous and familiar.

“As soon as I saw CityCentre, I knew the district had to be part of our expansion plan,” said Yunan Yang, one of the restaurant’s founders. “I love the energy, walkability and the open air plazas, which remind me a lot of China.”

Founded in 2015 in a tiny Montrose storefront, Pepper Twins began its life as Cooking Girl, launched by sisters Yang and Lily Luo. The duo rebranded the concept a year later with the opening of a second location in River Oaks. Pepper Twins is a nod to the peppercorns so prevalent in the restaurant’s preparations. Pepper Twins landed on 2016’s list of Texas Monthly’s best new restaurants, and a year later, GQ magazine praised its Mr. and Mrs. Smith appetizer as one of the country’s best.

With that kind of recognition, Pepper Twins brings continued cache to a place that takes its dining seriously. “This has a been a tremendous year for food and beverage at CityCentre, with both local and first-to-market national concepts reinforcing the district’s position as one of Houston’s top dining destinations,” said Suzanne Weatherall, Midway’s senior vice president for asset management (Midway manages CityCentre), in a statement. “We’re excited to welcome Pepper Twins, which further reflects CityCentre’s carefully selected mix of food and beverage offerings, suitable for every taste and budget.”