In addition to a diverse daily menu selection featuring local organically grown produce and meat, sustainable fish and wild game, Sorrel offers a charcuterie bar with a wide variety of salami, sausages and prosciutto, both imported and housemade, along with artisan Texas cheeses, handcrafted breads and more.
Beverage service includes seasonally inspired cocktails, artisanal beers and 200 plus wines (25 percent organic). At Sorrel, it’s not just about taste, it’s about enjoying a culinary experience – the opportunity to indulge in fabulous sensations and artful presentations by Executive Chef Pedersen – in a contemporary, casual setting unique to Houston.
|Scallop with smoked salt|
|Tempura Fried Egg yolk|
The kitchen started by offering us a couple of nice appetizers--a scallop sashimi with smoked salt, sliced green onions and field greens which was fresh, had a delicate texture in the fish, but was bold and tangy with the smoked salt and the greens. We were then served a fried tempura battered egg yolk with Dutch salt and savoury veggies. The server was nice to warn us to cut it slowly as this yolk burst slightly and ran, kind of like how fellow Food Blogger Mijune Pak likes it as well. It was also a nice morsel to enjoy prior to reading the menu.
|Braised Game Penne|
We perused and saw several items that got our attention. After inquiring as to the game meat in the Braised Game Penne Pasta, but having a hard time choosing, my colleague and I agreed to split that dish with the Seared Duck Breast with baby bok choy. The server showed a good deal of common sense and had the kitchen split both dishes into two portions, and serve the two portions on two plates. This was a nice touch and scored several points from me on the service score.
|Seared Duck Breast|
The Braised Game Penne Pasta was completely decadent, full of flavour and was the star of the two main dishes. There was wild boar, duck and lamb in this dish. The sauce was full of umami, buttery, creamy goodness, had nice savoury seasoning blended in and some very hearty mushrooms in the mix. The amount of meat in the dish was very generous and was an absolute delight. The Seared Duck Breast was an interesting contrast to the Game Penne. The baby bok choy and other vegetables were well prepared--crunchy and chewy at the same time. The duck was very clean tasting, with a lot of herbal and citrus notes. Quite good and satisfying as well.
|Brioche Bread Pudding|
|Milk Chocolate Cranberry Fritters|
Report card for Sorrel Urban Bistro:
|Wall of Wine at Sorrel Urban Bistro|
Seared Duck Breast: A-
Brioche Bread Pudding: A+++
Cranberry Milk Chocolate Fritters: A
Pacing of Service: A+++
Atmosphere: Modern Bistro with accents of Houston and Farm to Table: A
Dining Area: A+
Kitchen: A (Could see right into it and had a TV showing the kitchen area interior)
Men's Room: A-
Overall Grade: A+
(For those of y'all keeping track: 2 of my 13 for 2013 down--both great--11 left to go!)
Sorrel Urban Bistro is located at:
2202 West Alabama (at Greenbriar, one block west of Shepherd)
Houston, TX 77098
Tue.-Sat. Lunch: 11am-3pm
Tue.-Thurs. Dinner: 5pm-10pm
Fri. & Sat. Dinner: 5pm-10:30pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:30am-3pm
Sunday Dinner: 5pm-9pm
And remember to Eat Happy, Y'all!!!