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Bistro Menil

1513 W. Alabama St. (Mandell St.) Send to Phone
The Menil Collection restaurant offering a museum-worthy, European-inspired menu.

Lunch & Dinner Wed.-Sun., Brunch Fri.-Sun.

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Bistro Menil, Houston, TX

Bistro Menil Restaurant Review

: Bistro Menil at The Menil Collection mirrors the famed museum’s architecture and minimal, airy interior. Chef/owner Greg Martin spent time dining at restaurants at the finest museums around the world, and the result is a European-inspired menu featuring dishes that are as unique to Houston as the masterpieces in the museum. Starters include inventive flatbreads and a Spanish dish of eggplant “fries,” crispy vegetarian nibbles that are dipped in a spicy black olive tapenade. For lunch there are savory crêpes and a steaming bowl of Prince Edward Island mussels fragrant with white wine and garlic. A hearty dinner might start with a cheese or charcuterie plate followed by the chef’s signature crispy duck confit seasoned with pink peppercorn butter with a side of quinoa salad and a petite baked potato with crème fraîche. Light desserts for spring and summer include a pear upside-down cake and a sparkling lemon curd tart. Come early on the weekends if you want to taste Julia’s Eggs --- a soft scramble topped with crème fraîche and a generous dollop of caviar. The bistro features craft beers and wine on tap, while the $1 espressos are just another reason to linger on the museum grounds. As well, you can always get a picnic basket and a growler of beer to enjoy on the tree-shaded lawn. Stop in for traditional European tea service Thursday through Saturday afternoons.


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