Chef Mark Holley was the master of the Kitchen back in the day at Pesce, one of Houston’s popular seafood restaurants located in upper Kirby. He has now created his own foundation at Holley’s Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar and after visiting for lunch I can totally see why this place has been at the top of everyone’s “foodie list.” Read more about Holley’s Seafood Restaurant here!
As guests entered the restaurant they were greeted by none other than the man himself! Chef Holley shook hands, took photos and even kissed a couple babies. This set the tone for an outstanding lunch experience.
As we chatted about what each of us was going to order or waitress suggested that we start with the House Bread Service, to which we emphatically agreed! We were served some of the most deliciously soft Benne Seed Parkerhouse Rolls with 3 spreads: Poblano “Pimento” Cheese, Smoked Drum Mousse, Pickled Veggies. The Smoked Drum Mousse was oh so yummy. All we could do was, smear, take a bite, look at each other and smile.
I ordered the Thai Curry Mussels and just like my experience at The Fish, it was over the moon at how good and LARGE these mussels were. Sorry there is no photo of that because once I ate the first one there was no turning back. The Mussels rested in a sauce of steamed Sake, Kaffir Lime & Green Mango. Dipping the toasted bread into the warm, rich broth made my mouth sing. If I had to guess I would say it was a C sharp or a D on the piano.
I must share a funny story before talking about the Fried Oyster Salad.
Those who know me know that I love avocados and usually travel with one in my purse. Well today was the first time in history that my avocado was confiscated. After boldly placing on the table for the world to see just how much of an avocado thug I was, the GM approached our table and graciously informed me that it’s against health code policy to allow outside food and took my uneaten half. Here is the awesome part.. she brought me more avocado from the back and an even larger one at that. Talk about great service.
Now back to the salad; fresh and crisp. The Oysters were cooked perfectly and the avocado made it even better.
My group had a blast and meeting Chef Holley made it all worth our while. Holley’s Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar should be added to your Houston Restaurant Weeks lineup.. I suggest a lunch visit!