Roost Houston: Food & Drink Among Friends
Roost opened in December 2011 under the tutelage of 26-year-old Kevin Naderi. Roost’s 50-seat space is cozy and unpretentious amid walls paneled with old shutters and Edison-like light fixtures fashioned from gutter drains. Roost’s rustic and diverse menu is revised every three weeks, inspired by local availability of farm-fresh seasonal ingredients and flavors of the world including the American south, Asia and from the Middle East, taking advantage of Naderi’s Persian heritage.
This month celebrates 4 years of delicious food and with that comes a new menu consisting of fresh, hardy shareable plates and they even got a little face lift offering guests extra space. I attend a private dinner and menu tasting on the second floor, that was truly awesome.
The new menu consists of items that are fit for vegetarians, vegans and carnivores alike. They are hearty and jam packed with yummy flavors. Below are a few highlights from our private tasting.
We started with the Roasted Beet Tartare. The presentation with the little jar and bagel chips was really cute! The Tartare was made with horseradish, capers, charred pineapple and quail egg. Who would have thought all that went into such a tiny jar?
The Famous Fried Cauliflower was a huge hit, partially due to the Bonito flakes that tend to dance on the plate when steam is involved. As foodies, we were over the moon when we noticed our food “moving” and instantly snapped pics and videos of the craziness. Check it out below.
Next up was one of my favorites. The Spanish Bacalao Fritters, which I am just now realizing is a fish dish. Bacallao literally means “cod” or “stockfish” and at Roost these fritters are served with saffron aioli, chorizo, parsley salad and pickled chili’s. I was able to get all of the items on my fork for literally the most perfect bite. Actually just talking about this dish makes me want to drive over there right this minute!
The Marinated Mozzarella was a close second favorite because, well… nothing beats cheese! Especially fresh sliced mozzarella topped with juicy blackberries, opal basil, puffed rice and pomegranate vinegar. mmmm mmmm good!
We closed the evening with donuts. Who doesn’t love donuts? Lord knows I do and Roost has the perfect palate pleaser. Their Coffee n’ Donut Holes topped with crushed pistachios, salted caramel and coffee ice cream were just grand. We devoured them!
I highly recommend you visit Roost. You can thank you later. Enjoy!
ROOST IS OPEN MONDAY – THURSDAY FROM 4 UNTIL 10 PM
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY FROM 4 UNTIL 11 PM
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