Houston has been blessed with yet another new concept from Cherry Pie Hospitality. Lee Ellis and Jim Mills have managed to overwhelm my tastebuds along with most of my other senses yet again. It isn't very often when you know that certain restaurateurs are dedicated to their craft. The kind of passion that goes into every aspect of a diner's experience is obvious and such attention to detail is rare. When you listen to them talk about how they formulate recipes, procure their ingredients, and the care and techniques they employ in preparing meals for diners, you just know you're in the right spot.
|This beautiful aquarium greets you upon entering Star Fish.|
Star Fish is aesthetically cutting edge and casual at the same time. It's not a great idea to show up without a reservation. However, my dining companion and I took our chances at 8:00 PM on a Wednesday night and found the place teaming with people. Yet, there was no sense of pretense as we entered and were warmly greeted my the host staff.
|The expansive bar stocks some serious spirits.|
We were lucky to get a spot at the bar and settled in for the 30 minute wait. Time flew as we chatted and watched the bartenders handcraft some amazing looking cocktails. The aromas of the food and the drinks were intoxicating on their own. The "Celtic Kavanagh" comes complete with a freshly torched rosemary garnish. Whether you order one or not, you will appreciate the attention to detail and pyrotechnics involved in the making of the drink.
I watched in earnest as the bartender poured two types of bitters along with an apricot infused bourbon into my glass, then enrobed a Luxardo cherry in a fresh peel of orange. It truly is a drink to be savored and just the thing to take the edge off of a long day.
|Oysters on the half shell|
Once we settled in at our table we were both incredulous at what the menu had to offer. A meal could be made of appetizers alone. We decided to start with a dozen Atlantic oysters. I lifted the photo above from the Star Fish web site because honestly, neither of us thought to take a picture until there was nothing but a pile of shells left on our plate! (See below.)
|Korean Style Glazed Spare Ribs|
|Whole Gulf Red Snapper|
|Pan Roasted Halibut|
The list of what I can't wait to get back and try is extensive and will require several trips. I can't wait to dive into the puffy lobster tacos, pan fried crab cakes, PEI mussels, or wood grilled oysters, all items just from the appetizer menu. The shrimp and lobster soup, jumbo lump crab meat and avocado over cucumber salad, as well as the southeast Texas shrimp and andouille gumbo are literally calling me back. Pan seared diver scallops, Star fish bouillabaisse and Rohan duckling also await. It's just going to take patience and time to work my way through the menu.
I've somewhat scratched the surface at what you can find at Star Fish, but there is something for everyone, carnivores included. I'm going to take a wild guess that even the cheeseburger would be a pretty good bet! Explore the menu yourself here.