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This is a Food Post: Underbelly (HTX)

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What I wore: By pairing this black lace peplum top  with a nude bra I was able to make it more summer. I added the yellow printed shorts because they  make  me feel like a little piece of sexy sunshine. Shorts & top by H&M, bra by Victoria’s Secret, shoes by Colin Stuart, purse by Disney Store (Alice in Wonderland line).

 

So as you all know I am a huge foodie. I always have been and I love the idea of pairing my food with my fashion. There something fabulous about the food and fashion combo. It’s like wine and a good aged cheese.  Anyways, I am currently a culinary student at the Art Institute of Houston and exploring restaurants is key for a lot of my assignments. Lucky for me, my friend Syreeta is always willing to join me on food adventures. Every month we take turns choosing a new restaurant. The month July was my choice and I went for Underbelly.

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I made reservations through Open Table, it was quick and easy. We arrived and the atmosphere was very glam rustic. It seems to be also a wine bar with ability to allow its guest to purchase a bottle of wine to go if they  wish. The glam rustic theme kind of marries into the wine cellar making you feel like you are somewhere in Santa Rosa, CA. It literally feels like you are in a kitchen/wine cellar/dining room combination kind of space(hope that makes sense). Dress code, I would say definitely slack for the gentlemen and heels for the ladies.

Now to the food, Underbelly is owned by Chef Chris Shepherd (AIH alumni), he is known for adjusting his menu to whatever the local food market has to offer and serving unique dishes.  If I have to describe him and his restaurant  in a few words it would be “serving HOUSTON on a silver platter.”.

*** Disclaimer, I am a very new food blogger and I am still learning. I neglected to write down all the dishes name so I am sharing what I remember. Be aware that his menu changes daily.***

To start. Bread with a delicious creamy whip eggplant butter.

To start. Bread with a delicious creamy whip eggplant butter.

This dish took me back to New Orleans. Dipping that toast in the shrimp consommé was heavenly. Entree #1.

This dish took me back to New Orleans. Dipping that toast in the shrimp consommé was heavenly. Entree #1.

The pasta was filled with different flavor. A little bit of tomatoes, a little bit of cream and little bit of breakfast. You could taste the freshness in the meat. The egg gave it a perfect almost comforting taste.

The pasta was filled with different flavor. A few tomatoes, a little bit of cream and a bit of breakfast. You could taste the freshness in the meat. The egg gave it a perfect almost comforting taste.  It was Italian with American country twist(Ugh I will work on my food descriptions guys so I can communicate better).

So as Syreeta and I enjoyed every bite and basked in the glory of this beautiful restaurant, we were oblivious to the fact that Chef Shepherd himself was watching us. When it was time for dessert, our wonderful waiter asked us to join us in the back because the Chef wanted to have a word with us. At first, we were a little startled, we wondered if we offended anyone with our giggles and picture taking.

My gorgeous friend Syreeta in her element. She looks like a mermaid around town <3.

My gorgeous friend Syreeta in her element. She looked like a mermaid around town. <3

That wasn’t the case, Chef Shepherd was charming and very welcoming. He gave us a tour of his restaurant and for not one second we took that privilege for granted, You see Syreeta and I truly love food so we felt like we have just won the lottery.

The wonderful Chefs at Underbelly.

The wonderful Chefs at Underbelly.

The kitchen was as beautiful as a brand new pair of Loubs. <3

The kitchen was as beautiful as a brand new pair of Loubs. <3

After a full tour of the restaurant then came dessert. We were not disappointed and he sent us one on the house and of course, it was an honor to have an award winning Chef choose a dish for us . It was a magical night  for us haha.

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His famous Vinegar Pie with a citrus candy. Oh, my Gawd the combination indescribable. My mouth is watering as I talk about it. Then there was the lard biscuit with mascarpone and the corn cake with delicious ice cream.

Yes were two happy girls.

Yes, we were two happy girls.

Close up on my make up of the night, by me of course.

Close up on my makeup of the night, by me of course.

Houston is filled with gems and Underbelly is exactly that. Chef Shepherd a James Beard award winning Chef has brought his culinary worldly experiences  to the city and married it to the raw rich Houston culture. He is making dishes picked from our own backyard and reminding the rest of the world  that H-town is in the culinary world to stay.

Underbelly was named to the National Eater 38 (one of 38 essential restaurants in America) in 2015 and as one of the best new restaurants in the country by Bon Appetit and Esquire in 2014.” – Underbelly

Want to truly experience some of the best food in the world without leaving TX? Underbelly is the answer!!!