But we'll get to that.
Kris Bistro & Lounge with our friends Lindsey and Caleb. The unassuming fine dining spot is located just north of the loop in a nondescript building. Blink and you'll miss the Culinary Institue LeNôtre, which houses Kris Bistro. Walk into the building with the harsh industrial facade, meander through the hallways that peek into different, expansive kitchens, and enter the dark, intimate, luxorious dining room where you'll be given the utmost of excellent service and cuisine.
The fancy menu offers a 3-course option for a decent price (yours truly has no idea what price, #badfoodblogger), so Jon, Lindsey, and Caleb all took that option. I also had 3 courses, but since all of my courses were vegetarian, they were less expensive. <---- #cheapdate
I spotted the roasted cauliflower listed under the appetizers, so I asked our super attentive server about it. "It's great, but I must warn you...it's an entire head of cauliflower."
(with a knife stuck in the middle)
(for dramatic effect)
Served with a side of creamy, tart, sheep's milk feta dip, this was a wonderful appetizer.
(an appetizer which is actually an entire meal)
(if you're anyone but me)
The cauliflower is steamed in aromatics and white wine, then roasted in olive oil. The crispy, beautiful, herbed exterior was lovely. The cauliflower overall was subtle, and heightened by the goat cheese dip. If you love cauliflower, I definitely recommend this.
(if you're hungry)
(which let's be honest, you are)
The interior was soft with whole pieces of sweet corn shining through every now and then. The grapes and apples combined with the blue cheese were wonderful contrasting accents. I always enjoy polenta, and this unique take on it was no exception.
I do wish, however, that the polenta would have been a smaller portion and paired with a side of greens of some sort. The polenta itself was quite large (no, I didn't spoil my appetite on cauliflower, WHY DO YOU ASK?) and pretty filling.
Jon ordered the chocolate noisette (pictured below), which was also a tad too rich, though beautiful and delicious.
While the vegetarian options at Kris weren't extensive or completely mindblowing, they were still very enjoyable. My meat-eating dining companions however were completely blown away by their courses. The attentive service, carefully executed food, and intimate fine dining environment make Kris Bistro & Wine Lounge a wonderful place to have a special dinner in Houston.