The Latin Bites Experience
Undoubtedly Houston is acquiring the title as the city with the best eateries. Take a look around, whether its sushi, Indian or French, Houston’s got it all. I was recently very impressed by ‘Latin Bites‘, a quaint restaurant tucked in the Tanglewood, Galleria area, attracting a very large lunch audience.
Chef Roberto Castre, sister Rita Castre and brother in law Carlos Ramos, Peruvian natives with backgrounds in business and hospitality, have infused this restaurant with a serious love of Peruvian culture that is evident in the thoughtful interior of this new place.
Our lunch was absolutely enjoyable at this bright and airy cosmopolitan comfortable setting that incorporates a color scheme of soft greens, aquatic blue tones and white walls which is very complimentary to Latin Bites’ interpretation of Peru’s vibrant food culture.
The wait staff is very friendly and do not mind explaining the dishes. Our latin escapade began with the very addictive Pão de Queijo, moving on to trying the most popular and very colorful dish Causita: a trio of the traditional Peruvian whipped potatoes, aji amarillo causita with rocoto mayonnaise topped with shrimp escabeche. Aji rocoto pepper causita topped with chicken salad and aji amarillo mayonnaise, and the spinach basil causita topped with roasted Peruvian piquillo and black olive mayonnaise was my absolute favorite, both pretty to look at and taste.
Next came the Conchitas a la Parmasana: which are seared scallops on its shell, au gratin parmesan and mozzarella cheese, butter, herbs and pisco. Just delicious. I have to say my last taste of paella was in Barcelona, Spain, but I was very impressed with The Paella: Arroz Con Mariscos, their version of a traditional Spanish dish with a peruvian twist.
By now I am almost in a heavenly food coma but could not have left without trying the desserts. Rita Castre herself sat down for a chat, with Terrine: Mango, chirimaya, and white chocolate terrine, served with dulce de leche, truffles, and raspberry cauli sauce. We also tried The Lucuma Tiramisu: Tiramisu of Lucuma which they called a fruit of the Andes.
It might be a bit cornered in the Woodway area but look it up and make your reservations for a fun luncheon or a Latin night out. For more information visit latinbitescafe.com.
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