TTR – City Centre

Date Visited:  Sunday, September 9, 2012

After church this past Sunday, we decided to run into The Tasting Room (TTR) – City Centre for brunch. Sunday at TTR is a great way to end the weekend.

Casey greeted us at the door, and got Pam and I started with a Mimosa, and gave our 7 year old daughter an OJ and Cranberry. Chef Raymond came out and gave us the lowdown on the buffet they have started. It is a true smorgasbord, but more on that later.

We took our seat at the bar in good view of the TV to see the Texans opening game when it came on. Casey and Angel, one of the newest additions to the TTR staff who came from Eddie V’s around the corner, took great care of us.

Time to move on to the Buffet that has something for everyone. Hot items range from sweet to savory, including pancakes with your choice of chocolate chips, syrup, and whipped cream. You can the move on to huevos rancheros with a tomato chili sauce, bacon, sausage, fried chicken, brisket and grits. Also on the hot bar were biscuits and gravy…yummmmm! On the cold, they have various fruit, a nice salad with cranberry and feta on the side, pasta salad with sun dried tomatoes, pastries and breads. There is also a custom omelet bar. (FYI, all these options are just $15.99 for adults and $6.99 for children.)

Maci was the first up. The staff created a great cheese and bacon omelet for her. We grabbed her some fresh fruit (grapes, watermelon and pineapple) and ranch potatoes. She loved it, as well as the attention at the omelet bar. Pam headed up next, and sampled a bit of each option, save one. Jeff had to try everything, no matter if he should or not.

Of all the items, Pam loved the huevos rancheros with the spice of the sauces and creamy eggs. Jeff was sold on the ‘lowest calorie’ option of biscuit, fried chicken and gravy, all of which were executed with great flavor.

We switched to Prodige, a sparkling wine with flavors of pears and apples. It was great with the fresh brownies that they made that morning. The brownies we delicious, being not too sweet and moist.

The food was awesome, drinks perfect, and staff attentive and knowledgable. Great way to catch the Texans game!

Brunch Menu Link:  http://www.tastingroomwines.com/content_files/TTRCC_SundayBrunchBuffet_5.29.12.pdf

818 Town and Country Blvd.,Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77024
(281) 822-1500
http://www.tastingroomwines.com/our_locations/city_centre/index.php

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Date Visited:  Monday, September 3, 2012

We visited our longtime “local”, to catch up and grab a glass of wine. Since we have moved, it is not as close, but we still consider it one of our regular places.

When we got there, we ran into Chef Raymond who was in on his day off. It was great to catch up with him.

As for the grape juice, we each started with a glass. Pam had the Guard Shack Old Vine Zinfandel, which has great bold fruit with nice spice in the finish. Jeff picked a great glass of Navarro Alegorla Malbec which has great dark berry flavors and bitter chocolate that lingers on the finish.

We paired the glasses with the happy hour Short Rib Sliders with Brie and Carmalized Onion, all on a sweet Hawaiian roll. The short ribs melt in your mouth, and the balance of the earthy Brie with the onions and sweet roll is amazing. The short ribs balanced well against the bold fruits in the wines we chose.

Next we moved on to a bottle out of our locker. The Tasting Room (TTR) at City Centre has lockers you can lease which lets you buy wines at retail and consume onsite. We pulled a bottle of Hartford Court Russian River Valley Pinot Nior 2010. The Hartford Court is a nice Pinot with cherry and sweet cranberries.

To pair with the Pinot Noir, we ordered an orange marinaded pork tenderloin with ancho chili BBQ sauce, fried plantain crisps, cotija cheese and tamale filled roasted corn and poblano sauté (photo shown below). The pork tenderloin was delicious, as always, but the tamale stole the show. It was delicious with the right balance of sweetness and spice. This dish is a must have for us, although most of the dishes at TTR fit in this category.

Afterwards, we tasted a few other wines that are new additions to the list or rare bottles that happened to be opened. The staff at TTR is very knowledgable. No mater what kind of wine is your favorite, they can help you find something you will enjoy. Be friendly, and they will have fun, and you will have a great time here!

It was great to catch up with everyone. We had been away too long and will be back soon. This is a known fact, as Jeff is hosting a business dinner here in a few weeks.

818 Town and Country Blvd.,Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77024
(281) 822-1500
http://www.tastingroomwines.com/our_locations/city_centre/index.php

The Tasting Room Wine Cafe on Urbanspoon

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