Wine Flights and Soufflés at Rise No.2

A Read Eat Discover review of Rise No.2.

Where do I start with this place? I love everything about it, from the Parisian vibes and delicate menus to the très chic finishing touches, it almost feels like you’re not in Houston anymore, almost.

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Located in the Uptown/Galleria area, Rise No.2 serves up a number of tasty soufflés, along with signatures dishes such as the Rise salad and the interesting Marshmallow soup (tomato and carrot bisque with mini goat cheese soufflés and a pesto drizzle, shown above) to start. They also offer a Chariot de Fromage, where you can choose your favorites from an international selection on their cheese cart, yes I said cart. Even the bread and butter they serve makes this place stand out from the rest with mini French baguettes which are served warm and accompanied by their very own custom Rise bread cutter.

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The waiting staff are extremely helpful as well and always advise that you order your soufflés at the same time as your starter or main course, considering they take around 20 minutes to cook. The savory soufflés range from the more classic jambon and gruyere to truffle infused mushroom or the slightly more adventurous escargot soufflé. What’s even better is they all come in at 263-540 calories because they are made from egg whites, all the more reason to try a dessert one too!

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But enough about the food, what about the flights? You can pair your chosen soufflé with a wine flight for less than $20 and choose between bubbles, French whites tour, French reds tour or Bordeaux vs. California and each come served in Rise’s super cute, recycled drinking glasses.

Want to take a little bit of Paris home with you? Well, they go one better than just your leftovers, you can also purchase a number of the items you see in the restaurant either in store or online. I have my eye on that custom Rise chopping board!

And if all that is not enough to convince you, they are taking part in Houston Restaurant Weeks right now. The perfect opportunity to eat soufflé until your heart’s content!

Quick facts: Indoor/outdoor seating, French soufflé restaurant. Fromage and flights, Monday – Friday, 6-7pm.
Rating: 5/5
Website: http://www.risesouffle.com
Location: 1700 Post Oak Blvd, #290, Houston, TX, 77056.
Insta worthy? Hell yes!

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Authentic Mexican Cuisine at Ambriza

A review of the Mexican restaurant, Ambriza in Houston, TX.

Last weekend, Read Eat Discover was craving some Mexican food and we stumbled upon Ambriza at Vintage Park. We were actually on our way to Torchy’s Tacos but passed this on the way and somehow, I managed to convince my husband to try somewhere new instead, thank you blog!

The modern Mexican decor and cute outdoor seating was a change from the more traditional styles of the usual Tex-Mex spots in Houston. We were greeted welcomingly by both the host and our server and were told they serve authentic Mexican food with a modern twist.

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What we ordered:

  • Queso Horneado – melted Menonita cheese, served with Mexican chorizo and fresh flour tortillas. My advice? Eat it fast! After a few seconds, the cheese becomes so hard that it tastes like rubber. Strong tortilla game, though.

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  • Tomato Salad – freshly sliced tomatoes and cucumbers with FRIED queso panela cubes and charred serrano lime vinaigrette. I mean, it’s sliced cucumber and tomatoes, where can you go wrong?! It all tasted fresh and the fried cheese was good, but I would have preferred if it wasn’t swimming in the vinaigrette (an easy fix, though.)

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  • Carne Asada Quesadillas – grilled marinated beef sirloin, served with all the usuals. Grilled beef with cheese, wrapped in a tortilla, nothing more, nothing less. Again, it tasted fine but again nothing special.

While the meal was ok, the waiting staff clearly weren’t communicating because every other minute a different person popped out to our table to ask how things were. While I appreciate a check back, this was more than one too many!

With all that said, the food was fine but make sure you check back for the next review as I know that Houston has a lot more to offer!

Quick facts:
Indoor/outdoor seating, dog-friendly (outside), authentic Mexican. Happy hour is 4-7pm, Monday through Friday.
Rating: 2/5
Website: https://www.ambriza.com
Location: Vintage Park, 10115 Louetta Rd, Suite 400, Houston, TX, 77070

 

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