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Our family received complimentary dinner during the GoHouston! Travel Campaign hosted by New Creative Writing and Social Media Marketing.
After a fun-filled day enjoying our City Pass, we headed back to Hotel Sorella to enjoy a dinner on the outside patio of Straits Restaurant – Houston. While we have been to Straits Restaurant in San Francisco previously, we were aware of their delectable menu choices. The only difficulty we experienced was deciding what to order. After all, Straits serves family style meals for you to share amongst the table. Given that dilemma, we did not want to order so much food we missed out on dessert again like last night at The Bistro.
Pouring over the menu, our wonderful waiter was very patient with us giving great suggestions. At last, we were ready to order. We are not going to blame the scrumptious menu choices for our delay in ordering. We were seated outside in a cabana looking out on the plaza. It is 4th of July weekend, so the people watching was in full effect. Back to Straits.
For our appetizer, we ordered the Crispy Calamari to share. Our pre-schooler ate most of it before we could get our hands on it. However, we all were able to get a taste of this rare, deep fried treat. Life is meant to be enjoyed and today we decided that enjoyment was going to include a bit of fried food for our appetizers. Who can pass up calamari? Not I. We also ordered oysters for appetizers. When we locate the picture we know we took, we will return to upload it for your viewing pleasure.
A family favorite was this plate of mussels. Just look how delicious they appear (pictured above) and they taste equally delicious as well. We emptied in no time at all.
The Singaporean Hokkien Noodles (pictured above) were full of jumbo shrimp, chunks of chicken and pork surrounded by noodles and bits of vegetable. It is a foodies dream. Suddenly, we were all so mesmerized we considered sticking to food blogging and ditching travel blogging. Oh, we kid. We could never give up travel. Food comes along with it.
The spicy basic chicken dish was full of succulent shiitake mushrooms, peas, carrots, bamboo shoots and tender chicken to fill your belly to the brim. Personally, the shiitake mushrooms was my favorite part of the dish.
We topped the evening off with Cheesecake Eggrolls (pictured left above), Chocolate Mousse with Vanilla Gelato (picture right above) and Vanilla Bean Cream Brulee (pictured below). I thoroughly enjoyed the vanilla bean ice cream that came with the Cheesecake Eggrolls and the kids devoured the chocolate mousse with vanilla gelato. The creme brulee was truly massacred in its entirety.
Overall, we enjoyed Straits Houston as much as we enjoyed Straits San Francisco. Check-in with Straits on FaceBook to learn about upcoming events and deals. If you are not totally starving, then head over to Straits between 4PM – 7PM for Happy Hour during the week. Abundant Journeys welcomes the opportunity to return the hospitality to John, the General Manager and Head Chef at Straits Restaurant – Houston whenever he or his staff visits the Dallas area.