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1302 Nance St. (Richey St.) Send to Phone
832-830-8592 | Menu
Oxheart cooks to the beat of its own drummer.
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Oxheart Restaurant Review

: Oxheart is located in a tiny space downtown --- it seats just 31 for dinner --- and it has a modern industrial feel. The cooks, doubling as waitstaff, are clad in leather aprons and there are custom-made knives and the work of local artisans. It’s a very personal effort from chef/owner Justin Yu and his wife, baker Karen Man. And the dishes are no less personal. The restaurant serves three tasting menus, no à la carte, all seasonally designed and crafted with locally sourced products. Yu excels at vegetable preparations and one of the tasting menus is always vegetarian. The precisely plated dishes might include roasted and puréed beets sprinkled with granola and almonds, or cooked heirloom carrots seasoned with spices, coconut, avocado and coriander. Each menu comes with Man’s bread, perhaps a warm rye served with sunchoke pudding with a hint of molasses, yogurt and fresh strawberries. But meat-lovers need not fear; the late spring seven-course tasting menu included a tartare of smoked beef leg with kombu (an East Asian kelp) aspic and a guinea hen --- poached white meat and braised dark meat with sour cream and turnips. There is also usually a selection created by fishmonger P.J. Stoops, who is well-known for his Gulf Coast by-catch offerings. Sweets are always available --- see the aforementioned rye bread with pudding --- as is a nice line-up of beer, cider, sherry and saké.

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