DISCOVERY GREEN PARK HAS LONG BEEN A DOWNTOWN DESTINATION, but it was a food island surrounded by far too many surface parking lots. The Grove has always been great, but there wasn‘t much else down here in the way of eating. Until recently, that is, when Avenida Houston and all its restaurants popped up, the Hilton upped its game, Marriott Marquis hits it with Xochi and the One Park Place tower was built (you’re missing out if you haven’t been to Phoenicia). Now, with the addition of Brasserie Du Parc, from the team behind famed Étoile, on the One Park Place ground floor bordering the west end of the park, Downtown Houston has its own slice of Parisian life. And of course, it’s quite nicely done. Mixing outside café-style seating with a variety of inside seating and a stellar bar area, Brasserie has it all. There’s even a crêpe concept within the restaurant (and mon ami that pommes caramelisees (carmel apple) crepe is so good!) offering sweet and savory crepes all day long. How does one object to that? This side of Downtown will also not likely object to all the special events Brasserie holds – think live music, happy hour and bar events. Speaking of the bar, it’s a destination on its own. Beverage wizard Kim Paul and her team have a fine-tuned bar program that is putting out some extremely creative cocktails, with many of the drinks recipes, mixers and syrups made in-house. We don‘t have enough room to get into all the food, but, you can be certain it’s tres bon.
So how do you take a dish so traditional and so heavy (in a good way) and pair it just right? Well, first, the Brasserie Boeuf Bourguignon is simply delightful. Beef so tender and soft with vegetables cooked to the ideal crisp on a bed of linguine with sauce you’ll want to drink, that‘s amour. Love is also in the bite where you combine the beef and linguine. But this dish is one that needs something big and strong for its accompanying beverage, with the base of an over-proofed bourbon perhaps. Your vegetarian beverage wizard creates the Devil in the Details, a cocktail coming to the menu soon is totally up for this pairing task. When yours is served, first take a drink without stirring. Enjoy, then stir the drink and enjoy the combination of the housemade ginger beer, house made red hawthorne berry syrup and the Rittenhouse rye whiskey. Heck of a drink. And, heck of a pairing with the beef dish. Next, enjoy it after a bite of the beef. We can’t emphasize enough how well this pair goes together. They actually improve each other, which frankly surprised us. Strong and independent parts of a pair make an even stronger Perfect Pair. Je vous remercie, Parc.
BRASSERIE DU PARC
1440 Lamar St. | Houston, TX 77010
832.879.2802 | www.brasserieduparc.net
Monday thru Thursday: 11am–10pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 11am–11pm