Houston >Food & Dining > Feast
219 Westheimer, Houston, TX | Directions 7700629.744483 -95.383730
Neighborhoods: Neartown/ Montrose, Central
Feast was the 1st restaurant in Houston to bring nose to tail cooking to town + in a homey atmosphere. Cooking is solid and food is tasty. Try the lamp shank or fish & scallop pie.
Feast is old world comfort food that never disappoints, nestled in an old house in Montrose. A definite date-night must. The snails on toast are a favorite appetizer and the entrees rotate regularly to incorporate seasonal veggies and other items. One of my favorite restaurants in Houston
We will NOT be coming back. The service was the worst that we had experienced in a very long time and has left a bad taste in our mouths..
Yesterday was the second time that my husband and I have been to Feast. While we loved our first visit, we won't be coming back due to the service that we received last night. We sat down at 7:30. It was 15min before the waitress showed up. I got the fish and scallop pie and the husband got the tasting menu. Husband's appetizers all came out one at a time about 10 minutes apart and were all tasty. The wait time between the last appetizer and the first entree was ~25 minutes. Did I mention that my one entree of fish and scallops still had not shown up??
At about 9:05, we both finally received our entrees, which felt like they had been sitting under the heat lamp for a while. I'd like to mention that the people next to us who were seated later had finished their appetizers AND entrees by the time we got our entrees. Both husband's trout and my pie were really good. The next two entrees came out about 20 minutes apart. He almost didn't get a 3rd because the waitress miscounted and thought that the 2nd was the 3rd. The calf liver was good. The pork cheeks were dry and had no apricot taste from the sauce.
When the waitress finally brought out the dessert, she just dumped them on the table and left. I tasted the first one, which was some sort of lime grenata, maybe? The second one looked like a spongy cake with fig stuff on top and cream on the plate. The husband couldn't take the last bite, so I did. It had ALCOHOL in it! I was so upset. We had told the waitress at the beginning that I was pregnant and she had told us that she would tell us which ones wouldn't be good to eat.
It's the Pig's Knees... ear... foot... belly... etc. – We swung through here recently during Restaurant Week after hearing so much about how great this place is... well I have to say I was generally impressed. The pork belly is everything and the proverbial bag of chips... served atop a bed of red cabbage, it all tasted so deliciously as if the pig died and went to heaven in my mouth.
Definitely more of a homestyle feel to the atmosphere, it is definitely much warmer and more inviting than a lot of the uppity snooty upscale places in town. Some of the other dishes were hits and misses but overall I was happy with our meal here. For appetizers, we had the mussels (decent) and the cheese crusted pig's ear cake (interesting). For our desserts, we had the sticky toffee pudding (by far our favorite), the spiced peach sorbet (2nd place), the bread pudding (strong with bourbon flavor... like really strong), and the lemon pastry (ok).
I'm a fan in general of pork belly, and this place served up a mean dish of pork belly. Color me a fan of Feast!
They've made a sow's ear out of a silk purse – now understand the reason why people either luv or hate this place. First it is very noisy; if you want to converse with ur companion this is not the place. The out put from the kitchen is uneven at best. We had 2 orders of the pork belly and potato cakes at our table. one looked and was good the other ; pork was way over cooked and the potato cake was burned on one side and raw on the other. The kitchen is very slow. We sat down at 6:30 and got our entrees at 8:05!! I had the lamb shank and it was Ok; I've had much better at Damien's. Our server was Claire and she was very pleasant but was obviously over worked. The desserts were excellent I highly recommend the sticky toffee pudding. Honestly dont understand the glowing reviews they got on their website. We would only return for dessert but doubt that will happen.
An Experience not worth repeating – My wife and I joined four friends here for dinner last week. We had wanted to try this place for some time as we appreciate unique food experiences. I read the reviews and picked my courses from the online menus (selection of the day and "always" available). We tried three of the extras: Welsh rarebit, Exmoor toasts and pork rillions. As others have mentioned the rarebit was dominated by Worcestershire sauce, and nothing like the picture of rarebit in Wikipedia. The Exmoor toasts were fine, and the pork rillions dish was well liked by most of our party, me included. I had an appetizer of mussels, which was cooked very well in a tasty white wine sauce. We also had the fish soup, scallops and Albondigas. The soup lacked both substance and taste, the meatballs were good, and their were no complaints about the scallops. I had anticipated having the cassoulet with rabbit for my entree only to be told that it was not available, as it is today off the online menu as well. Instead I had the poached seafood, containing mussels, prawns, shrimp, and tile fish in a broth with veggies. The only remarkable part of the dish was the garlic aioli. Everything else was very bland, and the fish was overcooked. The only other entree I can comment on was the pork belly. It received mixed reviews at the table. I didn't care for the fatty texture of the bite I had, which was the only impression I got from it in the restaurant. Later, since my wife couldn't stomach much of it either, I got to try the meat cold and found it tasty, but I would not order it again. Desserts were the best part of the meal. The bread pudding is good, but with a distinct taste of alcohol. Also sampled were the molten chocolate and lemon cakes. If you must go to Feast to try it, go, but be forewarned.
Citysearch Editorial Review – The golden child of Houston’s dining scene first made its mark in 2008 with its adventurous neo-Brit fare and garnered praise from local and national publications alike. Diners were both amazed and frightened by the prospect of nose-to-tail dining. Now, things have settled into routine and those who can't stomach blood sausage can rely on constants like fish and scallop pie and crispy pork belly from the "Feast Favorites" section of the menu, while daring foodies can dine off of the seasonal, rotating half. All that bubble and squeak and cock-a-leekie is served onto tiny, wooden tables packed tightly into a rustic, converted house. There are consequences to fame, however, and the wait for service can sometimes be dreadfully long.
Horrible Experience, Unacceptable Service – Went to Feast with a large group (8 plus) b/c of the multiple great reviews about both food and service (IE: 10 best new restaurants in America - Bon Appitit). When called for reservation, was told they would only seat a group as large as ours at 5pm - no later. I asked if they could bump that at all and they bumped it to 5:30pm... a little bit earlier than I typically eat, but was willing to overlook. Everyone in our group was there either early or right on time. Those that arrived at 5pm to grab a drink 1st, were made to feel as if they were putting the owners & wait staff out. We all were sitting at a long table with 4 on each side, with the 9th person situated at the very end (little to no room for plate & drinks) and against the wall. Before this person had even gotten their 1st drink, he walked up to the hostess (also one of the owners - unbeknownst to him) and asked if she would be willing to either move the table away from the wall or add a small table to our table. She promptly said no, with ZERO explanation and would not elaborate. He was a little perturbed by her shortness, and tried to explain what he wanted. She refused, and he asked for her name and came and sat down with us. Within 2 minutes of his sitting down and briefly explaining what had happened, the chef/owner/husband asked my friend if they could speak. My friend got up to speak with him. 5 minutes later our friend called us to say he had been asked to leave the restaurant! He said for us to stay & finish the meal and would meet us later for drinks. We ended up staying, after a lengthy discussion amongst the group. Neither the hostess/owner or chef/owner ever walked over and explained what had transpired in their view to myself (who made reservation) or anyone else at the table. The food was neither remarkable or bad. The dessert (sticky toffee pudding) was excellent, best thing by far had by anyone at the table. Our waitress overall was good, but no explanation or acknowledgement from wait staff / hostess / owners as to why our friend was asked to leave. We were there for Houston Restaurant Week which is a 3 course meal for $35 per person. FYI - we ended up spending over $70 per person by ordering drinks and a few dishes off the normal non-restaurant week menu. My family has owned many restaurants in the Houston area over the years, and I have also worked in the industry in younger days. I know my friend well and believe he took no actions warrantying being asked to leave the restaurant (at this point he had ZERO alcohol and being belligerent is not in his nature). Unacceptable conduct by the OWNERSHIP to not even explain to the table their version of what had transpired. I also had to wait for 20 minutes for valet after dinner. I eventually went up to valet with $3 & asked for my keys, with which I went & got my own car.
A good deal and a GREAT meal! – We recently tried Feast for the 1st time, and we'll definitely be back. You sit VERY close to other diners (the person next to me kept asking me about every course I received), but even this reminded me of Paris bistros. The food was excellent. I had pork belly, and my husband had cassoulet. Both were excellent. I'd give the nod to the cassolet, but it was very rich -- luckily, we split both. But the best part of the meal was the dessert. We had sticky toffee pudding and it was out of this world good. We also shared a scallop appetizer, and although good, it wasn't up to the level of the rest of the meal. In the future, I might forego appetizers (the entrees were very large). An appetizer, 2 entrees, a bottle of wine, and dessert was less than $100. And the service was wonderful -- friendly, laid-back, and with opinions that seemed genuine and without regard to the prices on the menu. I'd highly recommend this little Montrose jewel!
Feast-astic! – After reading about Feast in Houston magazine, my bf and I were anxious to give it a try. We made a reservation right away. There is a lack of parking – or it may be valet only, as it is located on the side of Westheimer. There is a sign at the door that says “watch your step” which I tried to heed, but the step goes down, while I assumed it went up. Luckily, no stumbling occurred :) Feast is set in a cozy old house with dark woods and interesting knick knacks. Simple wooden tables and chairs also keep things friendly and informal. There is also a balcony (and lounge?) upstairs. Their menus are printed daily on regular paper, no fancy cardstock or padded books, which is just fine with us! All the staff was very friendly an knowledgeable and non-intrusive. OK on to the most important part, the food! I had read that things could be quite heavy so we decided to have multiple appetizer courses and share an entrée.
Scallops with Cream, Mushrooms, Brandy and Cheese – sweet little scallops served in the shell smothered with mushrooms and a mild brandy cheese sauce. A squeeze of lemon gives just a little bit of acidic contrast.
Potted Cheese – as described by our waiter – a sharp cheddar cooked down with cream and herbs, then reset and eaten as a spread. Mild at first, with the cheddar flavor emerging as it melts in your mouth. I could snack on this anytime!
Smoked Mackerel Roe, Spinach and a Fried Egg – bf’s eyes lit up as this dish arrived. This could be a true foodie’s breakfast. Smoky roe took on an almost ham-like presence, with just the slightest hint of proper fishiness at the end. The inside of the roe sacs were creamy, reminding me a little of sweetbreads. A fried egg on top gave us a runny yolk to mix up with the roe and spinach.
Roasted Chicken Necks – one of the specials of the evening – chicken necks simply seasoned and roasted. A definite finger food! The sauce was savory with a touch of sweet, almost like hoisin.
Crispy Roasted Pork Belly, Potato Cake and Red Cabbage with Apples – seems like this is the dish to try for all newcomers. And why not? What could be more wonderful than a superbly prepared slab of pork belly with the crispiest skin, fat rendered down, meat that falls apart, paired with lightly pickled cabbage, mashed potato cake and still tart apples?
While we did take a few things home, we were pleasantly surprised at how UN-heavy the evening turned out to be. We are not particularly sweet-toothed people, and so decided to skip dessert (though I hear they are quite good). Our bill came out to less than $90 (incl. a bottle of wine) which is very reasonable for what was perhaps one of the best meals we’ve ever had. No question that we will be back; and probably pretty soon!
there's a reason it's unique – I’m almost certain that the glowing praise for Feast was written by restaurant staff and their families. Even the fabled Houston “foodie” couldn’t be that confused. I tried three dishes, and the highest praise I could lavish on the food is that one dish proved edible (pork rillettes). I also tried the ox heart with carrots. It was like an amalgam of wet cigarettes, crotch sweat, and burnt pencil erasers. It was a musky cut of meat even the Vietnamese would be reluctant to put in a soup. For an entrée, I tried the pork belly, which is usually a favorite dish of mine. However, instead of the delightful searing that is sometimes present on pork belly, there was something more akin to armor on one side providing the crispness. Another misstep is that pork belly is not suited to be an entrée, at least in the hands of the cook at Feast. It is necessarily fatty, but the pork belly here was far too oily. I tried very hard to like the food, but I could tolerate no more than five bites or so, and I regret taking those. Although the service was polite, I thought it was not proper to charge me full price when so much of the food was uneaten and obviously unenjoyed.
Eat bits of animals you aren't used to, and love it. – Great place! Took my wife there for Valentine's Day. Full house, and the wood floors made it a little noisy, but the service was fast and friendly. My wife had a pig cheek and dandelion green salad, with a simple balsamic dressing and croutons, that was a fantastic composition. For our mains, I had the roasted pork belly, with potato cake, red cabbage and apples. It was great, like eating a bunch of roasted, fatty pork bits. Again, every element complemented the other. My wife had lamb sweetbreads with celery hearts, potatoes and ham (we saw no ham, but there was a jus gravy). Third item, third great composition, and everything was cooked perfectly. For dessert, we split a sticky toffee pudding, which was amazing, hot and rich and delicious. For $30, we enjoyed a bottle of Gotim Bru, a Spanish red blend wine, which went with everything quite nicely. They provide you with a plate of homemade bread which is really well done, so while the place isn't cheap (we spent $50 per person), you will not leave hungry, and as long as you're ready to eat bits of an animal you might not have in the past, you'll love it.
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