A little romantic getaway is tucked along Voss on Del Monte in our neighborhood, nestled near a convenient family-owned jewelry store, salon and florist between the Galleria and Memorial Villages. Arturo Boada begs you to fall in love all over again with your date and the food in this seductive and artistic setting. The warmth of the talented chef owner, his attentive, friendly staff and the well-chosen vibrant modern art and coppery handcrafted wall creates the ambiance that lulls you to loosen up and let the world go away. The food cannot be captured adequately on film as it is a pleasure that must be experienced. Arturo Boada, beloved chef owner of 1990’s La Mer and Solero, opened and slipped away from a restaurant in Uptown Park and thankfully, has re-emerged, phoenix-like, in a more appreciative Galleria neighborhood with renewed culinary enthusiasm.
To begin, we sipped a small cup of roasted tomato soup that tickled the senses and left us wanting more. Followed by a trio of salads:
Arturo’s handmade al dente chicken-stuffed pasta virtually floats in a pink sea of creamy walnut, sage sauce. His deft hand in the kitchen is apparent in every dish.
Houstonia’s Food Editor Katherine Schilcutt said “he’s still got it” in 2012, “But you should never count a chef out, especially one who wowed Houstonians for years — albeit in the 1990s. One of Boada’s first restaurants, La Mer, gained a spot on Esquire‘s Best New Restaurants list in 1992. And in 1997, Boada did it again with the opening of Solero, which started the city’s love affair with tapas restaurants.” Competition may be stiff these days, but this is not merely a tapas restaurant and his culinary expertise is still wowing his guests. His talent in the kitchen and love to serve has only deepened.
The entrée of grilled salmon was a piquant juxtaposition to the rich buttery dish that came before. It is always a pleasure to taste food from a chef who so obviously loves to cook and enjoys sneaking a peek from the kitchen or a stroll through the restaurant to see how his dishes are received.
Always good to close the meal and settle in with a little Port and delicious coffee.
To keep guests happy and assure his place in heaven, Arturo’s dessert plate offered something sweet and special for everyone. A perfectly-sized spoonful of Creme Brûlée, gelato and tiramisu draw you rapturously closer to each other.
In the candlelit glow, we retreated home hand in hand, sated and knowing we had found that special place nearby that affords families and friends a sweet haven away from Houston. A wonderful place to go home for the holidays.
We’re so happy to have you in our neighborhood!
Arturo Boada Cuisine
6510 Del Monte Avenue
Houston, Texas 77057