REVIEW - Isla Coquí
Late at night looking for a new place to try we stumbled upon a gem. A Puerto Rican restaurant ran like Mama's kitchen. The family owned establishment is run by two mighty ladies who start early and cook all day! They chat with diners making you feel welcome and at home. When the food runs out, then there's no more.
We were encouraged to start our meal with a Coquito. A special House drink that is creamy and delicious. They make this shot with whisky, white run, coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk and cinnamon. Muy delicioso!
It was a bit tough to order since there were several versions of the menu and we had to keep flipping through printed pages. Eventually we spotted what we would dine on. First we sampled the Cheese Empanada with its flaky crust and potato like filling. Simple and delightful with slight zest. Next we adventured by ordering the Cod Fish Cake. Similar to a pancake with a slightly crisp texture from being lightly fried. The sticky, savory filling with lots of Cod flavor was a treat for the palate. Our last appetizer was the best! A Green Plantain and Beef Croquette. The sweet aroma invites you to taste and the melange of flavors is outstanding. First you bite through the outer layer which is friend like a hush puppy with a cheesy crust then into the soft light filling. Heavenly!
Now we were on to dinner. I ordered the Grilled Pork Chop w/ Pink Beans and Maduros while my husband enjoyed the traditional Pork Pastel with Rice and Pigeon Peas. Both were so great we had to switch half way through. The pork chop is one of the best Ive ever had. The pastel reminded my husband of his Great Aunt who sent them here from Puerto Rico. A perfect end to a relaxing gourmet home cooked meal... in a setting much more fun than home.
by Chef Natasha Treu Fletcher
1801 Durham Dr
* Sun 11am-5pm
* Tue-Sat 11am-2pm, 6pm-10pm
Opening - June 16, 2007 7pm
GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION FOR ZOË
Zoë Imaging & Vintage Inspired Fashions
featuring Chef Natasha Treú, Hanq Neal and Aubrey Sellers!
Zoë has an obvious passion for fashion being a notorious entertainer who never wears the same outfit twice. No really! Well she never has to because of her ability to rework clothing in so many different ways. This ability is what attracted many of her celebrity faced clients to her and what keeps them coming for imaging, styling, photo shoots and dressing for their most important events.
Zoë is inviting all to witness what she has done for her exclusive clients in this one night only event! On Saturday, June 16th Zoë will present to you reworked high fashion designer styles reworked in a trunk show and fashion show witnessed by some of the most beautiful people on the planet. Artists of all type will be on hand viewing in your company and purchasing these vintage inspired styles from 7:00PM until Midnight @ Studio 34 – 3400 Montrose Suite #801, Houston, TX 77006.
Unique one of a kind pieces will drape beautiful male and female models and to add to the ambiance’ Top Chef Natasha Treú, Singer/Composer Hanq Neal and Jewelry Designer Aubrey Sellers will be featured in their splendor. Tickets prices: $30 standing room includes hors d’oeuvres, $150 couple seating includes a decadent 4-course meal compliments of Chef Natasha Treú voted Houston’s Best Chef and Caterer 2007! All participants will enjoy the delightful music performance and fashion show presented by one of Houston’s best in styling with that celebrity edge.
Grand Opening Celebration –Imaging & Vintage Inspired Boutique – ZOË - Saturday, June 16th, 2007, 7:00PM – Midnight at Studio 34, 3400 Montrose, Suite #801, Houston, TX 77006. For seated reservations $150 call Indulgence by Natasha @ 713.906.1899. Standing room reservations $30 call Zoë @ 713.521.9963. Cash Bar. Valet Available.
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RSVP soon as space is limited for this fabulous event!
Friday, June 16th 2007
7:00PM – Midnight
3400 Montrose Suite #801, Houston, TX 77006
(right next door to La Colombe D’or Mansion & Le Grande’ Salon)
Tele: 713.521.9963 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joining us this evening will be
Top Chef Natasha Treu’– Indulgence by Natasha
Vocalist/Composer - Hanq Neal
Designer Aubrey Sellers
And some of the most beautiful people on the planet!