My sister and I are meeting in Houston at the end of the month. We are planning to have the
"tasting menu" on Thurs., at FEAST. It's sorta' pricey but we had lunch there in March and loved
every bite. Have any of you Houston Hounds (or anyone elsee for that matter) tried this menu?
I'd love to hear what you thought about it. Thanks
We did enjoy the chef's menu at Feast on Thursday, May 27. We had these items: 1 soup, 3 appetizers,3 main entrees and 2 desserts.
Summer Squash Bisque...an entire bowl served to each of us. Very tasty and served hot
enough to enjoy. I hate lukewarm soups and this was just right.
Smoked Mackerel Mousse...served with rustic bread toast points to spread it on. I'm not a
big fan of smoked fish, but I did enjoy my two tablespoon-sized serving and ate every crumb of their great bread
Large (about 5-inch) fresh sardine pan roasted with garlic and rosemary oil...I'd never had
a fresh sardine and this was super rich and delicious. Each of us was served one
Chicken Onion...smallish red onion wrapped in a chicken skin and slow roasted until the skin was super crisp and the onion had absorbed the fat. This is one of the most decadent and rich appetizers ever served to a human. One of these was served, for the two of us but it was plenty.
Haggis...served over a parsnip and onion gratin. Never eaten haggis and never will again
This was the ONLY dish served that I absolutely could not stand. The texture (steel cut oats) was horrible and seemed to grow larger the longer I tried to chew it. Again, I only tried it because it was on my "bucket list". That item is now marked off, Whew!
Tile fish ... seasoned with crunchy breadcrumbs over yellow squash and zucchini, Excellent flavor and cooked to perfection. a 3-inch square was large enough to share.
Game sausage...about a 5-inch link made up of duck, rabbit and boar. Served over
a saute of fresh peas, garlic and rutabaga. Again, not a favorite of the two of us, as it
was just too highly seasoned with allspice, clove and something else that we could not
Lemon-orange sorbet...each of us was served a generous scoop of this which was perfect after the sausage. Thoroughly enjoyed this treat AND THEN
Sticky Toffee Pudding...a large serving with Devonshire (I think) heavy cream that was so good that we cleaned the plate down to the glaze.
With a couple of glasses of Shiraz, parking, tax and tip our bill came to about $180. We
don't usually spend this much for the two of us, but this was so special and probably something we won't do again. This meal took 2 1/2 hours and at the end we were so stuffed, we were miserable. That was our own fault, though and not the chef's nor the resaturant's. We will DEFINITELY go back to Feast for their prix fixe lunch menu,
having had lunch there before this dinner.
I was delighted to get to try so many new items at one meal so can only advise to go for it. They will skip any item you don't want to try so talk with the server to let her know about anything you absolutely hate and remember the comments on that haggis!
I went near the end of the year with my wife and had the tasting menu. It was very good, but not mind-blowing. The portions are too large for a tasting menu, but that's not the end of the world. It was a mix of menu items (pork cheek salad, cock a leekie) and some off menu stuff (mother in law fish). I would say it's very reasonable for the quality, but I think price is a very subjective call. I actually would have been happy with a large bowl of the lentil soup we started with, (i was a cold night) it was very nice. If there are things you absolutely won't eat, tell the server before you start. Otherwise, have fun and enjoy!