Anticipated newcomer Traveler’s Table opened this week in Montrose, granting one of Houston’s most bountiful dining neighborhoods a dizzying array of ingredients and menu options that leaves few international cuisines out of the mix.
The restaurant’s regional entrees highlight traditional flavors from around the globe. Odes to the Far East include soft shell crab pad Thai, yellow curry khao soi bowls, and honey-miso salmon. Indian and Mediterranean dishes call for pork vindaloo and beef cheek ravioli, followed by influences from the Americas via burgers, shrimp and grits, and Argentinian-styled hanger steak.
The small plates section ($4-$17) kicks off with Brazilian cheese bread, followed by pho soup dumplings, Mexican street corn soup, chicken karaage, and hummus with lamb ragu. PEI mussels three ways honor Thai, Belgium, Spanish cuisines.
A flatbread section — a riff on the “world is flat” misnomer — are topped with white truffle oil, tzatziki and Greek olives, and Middle Eastern vegetables, joined by salads and sides. During dinner only, diners can sample a compact lineup of mains ($26-$48) like a whole roasted branzino, Jamaican jerk pork, and a prime bone-in ribeye, a familiar Texan order accented with curried spinach.
For finales, there’s a mango lassi panna cotta and Mexican spiced flourless chocolate cake alongside a potent espresso martini and aged ports.
The sleek wood-lined restaurant seats about 30 guests on the covered patio and 140 guests inside with 16 of those seats at communal table that serves as the centerpiece of the dining room and the inspiration for the eatery’s name.
Cocktails ($10-$13) include a watermelon-based margarita and a South American caipirinha spiked with acai berry, along with a spin on an Old Fashioned made with Japanese whiskey and plum wine.