After my trip to Paris this summer I have been on the hunt for places in Houston to visit that can bring me back to those delicious moments we shared. After doing some research I planned an entire day that would remind us of some of those Parisian moments without a long trip across the pond, but here in Houston.
- First stop was brunch at Toulouse, a new restaurant which recently opened in the River Oaks shopping center and it did not disappoint. Stepping into Toulouse was like stepping into one of those quant cafes in Paris. They even set up their decor to look just like it! They have the front open seating with the same type of tables and chairs. They even have the same decor inside, down to the small tile floor. I literally felt like I had stepped back to Paris. Now on to the food. The bought out french bread with European butter which we could not get enough of. It was cutely wrapped in newspaper style paper.
Next we ordered drinks: Mimosa and French Champagne Cocktail, both were divine!
We started with Escargot Toulouse ($14). Yes snails, they were out the shell and seasoned very well.
For our main course we decided to try the Croque Madame($17) and the Duck Confit Hash($19). The portions were perfect and they both tasted amazing. The cheeses used on the Croque madame were just like in Paris and the egg was cooked to perfection. As for the duck confit, I could not stop eating it. It was insanely tender and so flavorful.
- Next stop was Amorino
for dessert, also in the River Oak Shopping area within walking distance of Toulouse.They are known for their flower molded gelato cones with an ice cream macaron center. We ordered one of those and the Hot Cocoa special tray. The hot cocoa was not like the one in Europe but the gelato was wonderful!!
- Dinner was at Rise No 2: known for their souffles, hence the name. They offer savory as well as dessert souffles and both were delicious. This is located in the Galleria area, within a 5-10 minute drive of the River Oaks Shopping area. It’s a quaint cafe on the 2nd floor of the shopping strip.
Everything we had on this day, inspired by our trip to Paris, was exquisite! We are truly lucky to have available to us all these restaurants that have captured not only the decor but the flavors and options of those delicacies offered abroad.
There are many other French inspired restaurants in Houston, not featured in this post, which I hope to share with you soon.
If you are ever in Houston, TX and are in the mood for some French cuisine I hope you are able to enjoy some of these gems!