The house owners of Galleria Italian restaurant il Bracco have extra plans for Houston. Balboa Surf Membership, a brand new seafood restaurant from the Dallas-based Western Addition Restaurant Group, will open later this spring.
Described as a Pacific-inspired seafood restaurant, Balboa will occupy the previous Masraff’s area that’s additionally situated within the Publish Oak Plaza procuring heart that’s already dwelling to il Bracco. Western Addition is working with the Michael Hsu Workplace of Structure (Uchi, Da Gama) on the design, which can function an expansive, 1,200-square-foot coated patio that features a water function. Different design particulars embrace an open hearth and paintings collected by Western Addition CEO Robert Fast and his spouse Mary, Western Addition’s vice chairman of design.
Western Addition COO Matt Gottlieb tells CultureMap that the corporate sees a chance for a restaurant that’s just a little totally different from the steakhouses and different fantastic eating eating places which can be common within the Galleria space. A seafood restaurant will enchantment to diners searching for a lighter choice for each lunch and dinner, he explains.
“We love seafood,” Gottlieb says. “Balboa is just a little totally different model than we’re seeing achieved wherever else. The seafood eating places we discover in Houston are nice, however I believe our model is just a little bit totally different, just a little bit more energizing.”
Whereas he isn’t able to share particular dishes till the menu is finalized, dishes can be influenced by California and Mexico’s Pacific coast. A choice of totally different sorts of sushi will assist present the lighter, more energizing choices that the restaurant goals to serve. Diners also can anticipate entree-sized salads, sandwiches that utilized bread baked on-site, and Prime steaks.
Since Balboa will do all of its butchering in-house, it is going to be in a position to serve totally different preparations of fish, reminiscent of a “baseball minimize” swordfish that can be cooked medium uncommon. Gottlieb says he’s working with the restaurant’s seafood purveyors to produce contemporary Pacific swordfish no less than six months out of the yr.
A few of the classes realized from opening il Bracco can be utilized to Balboa. Identified for its elegant, midcentury-inspired eating room and dishes reminiscent of spicy gemelli pasta and hen piccata, the Italian restaurant has been bustling since its August opening. Gottlieb acknowledges that the extent to which Houstonians have embraced the restaurant being open all day has been a pleasing shock.
“We actually benefit from the totally different occasions folks wish to dine and the enterprise all through the night,” he says.