What's in a name?

New name, same food for reopened Montrose Chinese restaurant

New name, same food for reopened Montrose Chinese restaurant

Cooking Girl sign
Cooking Girl has reopened as Pepper Twins. Photo by Eric Sandler

One of the best Chinese restaurants in Montrose has a new name, but the food hasn't changed. 

Cooking Girl, the Sichuan-style restaurant next to Boheme that emerged as one of 2015's most pleasant surprise restaurant openings, is now known as Pepper Twins, the restaurant announced yesterday on Facebook. The restaurant has also reopened after being closed since mid-January to repair a sewer issue.

The name change brings unity to both restaurants owned by sisters Yunan Yang and Lily Luo, which includes the original Pepper Twins location on West Gray. Moving forward as Pepper Twins also eliminates any confusion with the recently-opened Sugar Land location of Cooking Girl, which is no longer affiliated with the sisters. 

Regardless of whether they're operating as Cooking Girl or Pepper Twins, Yang and Luo have created two restaurants that have earned strong praise from critics and diners alike thanks to their authentic Sichuan flavors and extensive use of organic ingredients. Texas Monthly food editor Pat Sharpe named Pepper Twins the state's eighth best new restaurant of 2016, citing Yang's ability to bring "the clear, intense flavors of Bellaire Boulevard" inside the loop. 

Pepper Twins Montrose, 315 Fairview Street.