Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Star Fish Houston

I first got to feast at Star Fish in June when a media friend made me her +1 to an early evening tasting event. Due to travel, I hadn't had time to write about that experience yet or return for another visit but I had not forgotten how delicious it had been. When my husband said he wanted seafood on Saturday evening, I quickly recommended this Heights area restaurant.

Planning a last minute dinner meant that we were not able to get a reservation for a table but we were able to secure two seats at the oyster bar. This dinner was part of a weeklong celebration of my husband's birthday so we started with a bottle of Ruinart Rosé Champagne, a smoking deal on the Star Fish wine list at $84 especially when you consider that Spec's retails it for $86.

We started off with some of the Raw Bar offerings, oysters on the half-shell from Prince Edward Island and a salmon crudo with sushi bar inspired seasonings. Due to our seats and our interest, we also were given some small sample tastes of both a tuna and a spicy
halibut ceviche as well, all were fresh and delicious, each was unique.

For our main course, we split the delectably crispy whole fried Gulf red snapper served with sautéed spinach and a choice of potatoes (shown with the fingerling potatoes in the photo), we actually picked the famous butter fries which are as decadent as they sound made with Kennebec potatoes fried in clarified butter. With our appetizers and imminent plan of dessert, this was the perfect-sized meal for us that evening.

Our night of coastal cuisine was completed with a slice of Key Lime cheesecake, a favorite of my husband and a delightful balance of creamy, sweet and tart on which to end. Usually, I like to eat at a restaurant at least three times before endorsing it but I don't feel the need to do that in this case.

The restaurant is part of the very successful Cherry Pie Hospitality Group in Houston that also includes the wildly popular State Fare, Lee's Fried Chicken and Donuts and Pi Pizza. Unlike some of their more fast and casual options, Star Fish offers a more stylish setting combining classic seafood house decor with a sleek modernity.

The food quality when my husband and I ate there was at the same exceptional level as it was for the media dinner I attended the prior month. The diverse menu options combined with refreshing signature cocktails and a wine list with numerous and interesting by-the-glass offerings at reasonable prices make this not just a neighborhood restaurant but a dining destination.

Star Fish is highly recommended! My husband discussed what he is planning on ordering next time all the way home.

My pictures in this post are from the media dinner, the lighting was much better that day.
I'm including a few other pictures of recommended items from then as well.

Cantina della Volta Lambrusco Brut Rosé
Starfish Bouillabaisse
with halibut, lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels, tomato-saffron broth, and crouton rouille 
Sweet Red Pepper Roasted Gulf Shrimp
with garlicky noodles and chives

Sautéed Cauliflower Steak with llemon, dates and capers

Strawberry Bomb -
angel food and strawberry decadence

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