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Chef and owner Kevin Naderi has created Roost as a reflection of his own culinary inspirations, and they are many: It’s farm-to-table, by way of Persian, Japanese, Thai, Korean and Mediterranean flavors alongside local craft beer and a short wine list. It all works, though, and the nightly crowds at the River Oaks/Montrose location attest to this. The menu changes nearly every week, although Gulf fish and locally raised lamb are popular inclusions in Roost’s entrees. Naderi’s signature dish - roasted cauliflower topped with bonito flakes - is one of the few constants, and not to be missed.
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Our son took us to Roost because he knows Chef Kevin Naderi and a couple of the waitstaff from previous incarnations around Houston. The atmosphere was homey, with the utensils wrapped in dishcloths, the menu was unique and appeared to have been printed with handset type and the selection of wines and beers was as distinct as the ever-changing menu.
We thoroughly enjoyed the fresh bread in the form of pretzels with seasoned butters. From my wife's blackened scallops, crawfish and Tabasco onion strips to my medium rare breast of duck with mung beans, we were pleasantly surprised by both the variety of flavors and textures as well as the presentation and portions.
The handmade ice creams - we had both coffee with donuts and balsamic with strips of basil and fresh strawberries - were phenomenal.
Highly recommended. We were also pleased to have arrived early enough to beat the crowd that was waiting outside by the time we left.
The epitome of a cozy, welcoming neighborhood bistro, Roost hosts local residents -- many of whom walk or ride their bikes -- in its comfortable, low-slung dining room while they nosh on whatever weekly specials chef Kevin Naderi has whipped up. Whether it's whole roasted Cornish game hen with grilled lemon and duck confit Lady Creamer peas one night or crispy Galveston by-catch shrimp with masago mayonnaise the next, Naderi's multiethnic food shows off Houston's melting pot of... More »
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