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The menu at Olivette, located within The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, features an American menu with Mediterranean-inspired dishes from chef Neal Cox. The starters include lighter options as well as more filling choices. You’ll find a delicious risotto — which we highly recommend — with flavorful scallions and foraged mushrooms; oysters; beef tartare served with quail eggs, shallot jam, mustard, white anchovy and capers; roasted crab cake; and duck rillette. Salads include a roasted beet salad with pickled baby radishes, blue cheese, pistachios and a maple dressing; a torn greens salad with spiced apples, fennel, brie and a sherry vinaigrette with cranberry-pistachio croutons. There’s also an arugula salad that’s light and fresh with blue cheese, cherries, candied walnuts and champagne vinaigrette as well as the restaurant’s southwest Caesar salad that is filled with deliciousness — pepitas, corn, black beans and cotija cheese. And if you’re looking for soup, there’s a tasty pumpkin soup on the appetizer menu.
For entrees, you’ll find that the menu at this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant focuses on meat and seafood, but also has a potato wrapped Portobello mushroom dish, served with gnocchi for the vegetarians in the group. The Liberty Farms duck is a standout dish with varied salt and sweet flavors of quince, dried apricot, arugula, red quinoa and date sauce. There’s a NY strip loin, a filet of beef, pork shank and two chicken dishes — one is a grilled chicken breast with grilled veggies for those looking for a healthier option. Then there’s the full-flavor roasted chicken dish that has ingredients such as bacon lardon, chicken liver, brioche, chicken confit and a poached egg for those not counting calories. Seafood options include snapper, golden tile fish, seared salmon, a bouillabaisse and butter poached lobster served with strozzapreti pasta, wild mushrooms, Swiss chard, leeks and an orange cream.
Dessert offers both rich and lighter, sweeter options including housemade ice creams and sorbets, a tres leches cake, vanilla crème brûlée, sticky toffee pudding, pavlova and black forest cake.
Each night there are also specials, which your server will share with you after you have been seated.