3 openings to know
3 big Houston restaurant openings serious diners need to know right now
The last couple of months have been a busy time for restaurant openings (and reopenings). Here’s a quick look at three establishments that have recently begun (or resumed) service.
Houston Chinese dining institution Fung’s Kitchen has reopened in Southwest Houston. Known for its lively dim sum service and extensive seafood menu, the Cantonese restaurant closed in January 2021 after being damaged by a fire.
The new dining room has a number of new details, the Houston Chroniclereports. They include: a glass-enclosed wine wall, a large Buddha statue, and the addition of six private dining rooms.
Not only will diners will find all of chef Hoi Fung’s menu available at the new restaurant, but it’s also been listed online via the Toast platform for easier to-go ordering. Customers can choose everything from dumplings to lobster to Peking duck.
Those who choose to dine-in should plan to arrive early. Pictures on social media show long lines to enter the restaurant, particularly for dim sum on the weekends.
Tex-Mex staple Spanish Flowers has opened its third Houston-area location near Washington Avenue. The restaurant has claimed the short-lived Rosland's Grill & Bar space at 903 Durham Dr.
Best known for its original location on North Main St., Spanish Flowers serves Tex-Mex staples like enchiladas, tamales, and nachos. Its all-day breakfast menu is particularly popular. Prior to the pandemic, its 24-7 operating hours meant that everyone from late revelers to Lady Gaga might stop by for a meal. Currently, it's only 24 hours Friday-Sunday, but that still offers plenty of opportunities to satisfy late night fajitas cravings.
Changes to the Durham location are mostly cosmetic. Of course, the bar is fully stocked with an extensive selection of tequila. Get a sneak peek of the space via this video:
The booming vibe dining movement has arrived in downtown. Bungalow Downtown Dining opened earlier this fall at at 407 Main St.
Created by Created by ALife Hospitality Group co-founders Mojeed Martins and Jonathan Reitzell, the entrepreneurs behind concepts such as Prospect Park, Lost & Found, and Kamp, the menu focuses on upscale steak and seafood. Dishes include: red fish with crab-bacon butter, wagyu meatball pasta, and apricot chicken. Other signature items consist of truffle fries with crabmeat, blackberry lamb ribs, and creamed corn brulée.
The environment includes luxurious details such as a marble-tiled lobby and velvet booths. Private dining rooms include the 30-seat Prive Room that comes with a dedicated entrance and private bar and the Low Lounge, a 20-seat space hidden behind a bookshelf on the restaurant’s second floor.
“We really wanted to bring a luxury concept to Houston’s vibrant dining scene that offers guests a host of more personalized options to enhance their experience,“ Martins said in a statement. “We’ve worked really hard to create spaces within the restaurant that celebrate the elevated experience of premium food and beverages in stunning fashion and are very excited to share the first-class service, culinary experience, and ambiance of Bungalow with guests in downtown Houston.”