If you have family or friends still around for the holidays and you are looking for something else to do, lunch at a somewhat unique restaurant might do the trick. In a city filled with an incredible array of interesting cuisines and restaurants of high quality, the deservedly lauded Latin Bites not far from the Galleria, offers both unique fare and is among the cities top restaurants.
It began life serving contemporary Peruvian cuisine largely influenced from the multicultural Lima. Last month it changed focus a bit and is now offering the dishes and flavors from across the breadth of South America. Even for the most rabid and adventurous diners, friendly and inviting Latin Bites will assuredly offer flavors and preparations that will entice, as well as likely being novel. If a recent media luncheon is any indication, the wide-ranging flavors and preparations are all prepared quite well, very well, in fact. Befitting a top restaurant these days, many of the dishes seem inventive while all of them make sense. An ingredient or a combination might appear unique, but I everything I have ever had at the restaurant has worked well. The often bold flavors are rendered with experience and a deft touch from the kitchen.
Though Latin Bites was never considered an “ethnic restaurant,” the presentation and, occasionally, the complexity of the flavors might come as a surprise, especially since there are only two entrées over $30 and an average in lower $20s. Lunch is even a better deal.
Ranging between $10 and $18, with most under $14 – you can easily spend as much at a sandwich place – the thirty or so lunchtime preparations include sandwiches, salads, terrific ceviches (or cebiche in the proper Peruvian) and tiraditos, sauté and wok dishes, Peruvian specialties and the restaurant’s specialties. There also side and appetizers, too, not to mention fresh juices in a variety of tropical flavors. And, if you are still celebrating Christmas and the season, the restaurant can oblige with nice wine list that won’t hurt the pocketbook and variety of interesting cocktails. Just don’t ask for one made with pisco from Chile, though.
5709 Woodway (at Chimney Rock), 77057, (713) 229-8369