Houston’s is one of my favorite restaurants, so I was stoked about trying one of their concepts. When we arrived they told us it would be a 20 minute wait and let us know that the bar seating was available. We decided to wait, and they called us to a table after just 5 minutes. (I think the 20 minutes claim is a way to fill up the bar.)
The server approached our table with, “Hi, what would you liked to drink?”. She promptly returned with water and asked, “Are you ready to order?”. The server was attentive, but not friendly. This is the only part of my dining experience that was lacking.
We started with the deviled eggs… which were awesome and a total bargain for $4! Then my brother and I split the carnitas sandwich alongside the seared tuna roll. The sandwich was a little messy, but damn near perfect. Every ingredient contributed, and it was may more exciting than your standard pulled pork sandwich. The tuna roll was delightful. Don’t fret that R+D isn’t a sushi bar, the fish was still very fresh and tasty. I was also glad that they don’t serve traditional soy sauce, it seems to be a ginger soy or something of that type — it’s excellent. Be sure to ask about the rolls on the menu though, because there is not a description next to them – and I think some of them are much more exciting than they sound.
All in all, food and ambiance were fantastic! If you are a fan of Hillstone concepts, don’t miss R+D Kitchen. It’s also just a walk away from Sprinkles cupcakes… We’ll leave that for another post 😉