The month of August usually means hot weather, kids getting ready for back to school, and football fans getting pumped up for another exciting season. In Houston though, August also marks a very special month-long event; Houston Restaurant Weeks, (HRW).
HRW started in 2003 as a fundraiser for the country's largest food bank, the Houston Food Bank. Meals are set a standard price of $20/brunch, $25/lunch and $35 or $45 for dinner and each includes a small donation to the food bank where $1 = 3 meals.
Houston Restaurant Weeks is one of my favorite times of year because it's a time where I can go and try restaurants I would not otherwise be able to afford. Last night, I was able to do just that with a friend and we stumbled upon a hidden gem in this beautiful city of ours that I have passed at least a thousand times while driving. That restaurant was the incredible Restaurant Cinq at La Colombe d'Or in the Montrose district.
Restaurant Cinq at La Colombe d'Or has been an establishment for 30 years and is a part of a larger property that includes a boutique hotel with five suites, an art gallery and an intimate restaurant.
A view of the property taken from the website.
The restaurant is directly inside the front doors to the left.
The restaurant is a true fine dining establishment. The tables are covered in white linen and the tables are set with heavyweight stainless-steel flatware. The wait staff is dressed in tuxedos and bowties.
Upon arriving to the restaurant, we were seated at a table and presented with an impressive wine list. We settled on a bottle of red wine from Chotes de Rhone. The service and wine presentation stood out immediately. The foil of the wine was cut perfectly at the rim as it should be done. While the bottle was being uncorked, the server kept the bottle facing the table at all times and twisted the corkscrew instead of the bottle. Once opened, a one-ounce taster was poured for approval.
While I did dine with a great friend of mine, I only photographed my food. My first course was a delightful spring salad with a raspberry vinaigrette. When the salad came out, I was shocked at the size. Usually, HRW portions tend to be smaller in size due to the reduced cost. This was not the case with Cirq.
The salad was done with a fresh bright bed of spinach, sliced strawberries, whole raspberries, and topped with some feta cheese. The raspberry vinaigrette was slightly tangy, a little bit tart, but deliciously creamy.
For the second course, we both had a petit 6oz filet mignon. I order my filet's cooked to a medium usually and the kitchen hit the nail on the head. My steak was perfectly pink, well-seasoned, and deliciously tender.
The filet was served with a small portion of mixed vegetables which included green beans, carrot, and a lonesome potato. The vegetables were also cooked perfectly and well-seasoned with salt and pepper.
For dessert, I ordered the restaurants specialty, their Crème brûlée. The caramelized top was deliciously fired with a rich creamy filling underneath. The presentation of the dessert was also very well done. Served on a warmed plate, with a doily underneath the actual dish. There was not a single bite left of anything that was ordered. The food and service was absolutely incredible.
My total for the evening, thanks to the Houston Restaurant Weeks menu was only $45 + wine. Normally, the exact same thing I ordered is about a $94 meal.
This is a restaurant and venue that I would recommend to anyone looking for an incredible night out. Reservations can be made on Open Table or via the website.
ADDRESS: 3410 MONTROSE BLVD., HOUSTON TEXAS 77006
Spring Mix Berry Salad - Seasonal Berries, Pecans, Feta Cheese, Raspberry Vinaigrette
Filet Mignon cooked medium, roasted vegetables
The house specialty, Crème brûlée for dessert