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Saturday, March 28, 2009


11500 Space Center Blvd. Houston, Texas 77059

Cullen's is a Vegas restaurant landed on a Houston suburb. Surrounded by fields, including Ellington field, this beautiful edifice, houses a dining room that soars like a circus tent muted by browns--lots of browns. The restaurant seats hundreds and is probably the most over-the-top restaurant since Bistro Moderne

We started with the salads. Mine the Caesar Salad and Rekha's the Field Salad. Both salads had good ingredients and flavors overwhelmed by the kitchen's preference of drowning the salads in their dressings. Over-saucing is a persistent theme for this restaurant.

Our waiter steered us towards the steaks for dinner-good choice. Rekha's Sunday Roast consisted of prime rib and yorkshire pudding. The prime rib had flavor, moisture, and good looks. But the connective tissue made it hard to eat. The yorkshire pudding also had good looks, but lacked moisture or gravy.

My "CHAIRMAN RESERVE STEAKS" were listed as a separate category on the menu, apparently equal in importance to the "CHICKEN & DUCK" and "LAMB, PORK, & BEEF" categories. The meat had the musky man-flavor of aged beef. Tender, evenly cooked, and flavorful, I would ask the chef remove, reduce or rethink the thyme used in his 9 spice rub.

The best part of the meal was the Bananas "Not So" Foster. Caramelized slices of banana swimming in a rum sauce. The sauce also holds up the banana coconut icecream and banana bread. Unfortunately, the banana bread flavor couldn't hold its own drowning in the bananas foster flavor of the dish.

Cullens is out of the way and worth a visit. The food and service won't win awards (at least outside the Houston Chronicle's award), but the combination of jaw-dropping space and respectable food should keep this place busy. Think: good tasting Cheesecake Factory.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back from the two year haitus! Will you be staying?

March 31, 2009

Blogger neverfull said...

yeah, welcome back H! keep the reviews coming.

April 02, 2009

Anonymous Misha said...

He's back!

April 02, 2009

Blogger anonymouseater said...

Yeah! Houston's first food blog has returned. I just did a happy dance.

Surely you have eaten at some other places over the past two years. We're all dying to find out where.

April 03, 2009

Blogger Huan said...

you all are too much... :) i hope i can keep it up.

April 03, 2009

Anonymous Nancy said...

Thanks for sharing....

July 18, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This restaurant is a major ripoff!! I ordered an express lunch which consisted of soup, salad and half sandwich for $12. The portions were very small. The 99 cents salad at Wendy's is bigger than the salad I received with no better quality. My half sandwich looked like a half cheese grilled sandwich with minimal substance with the most plainest bread. Never again!! Overrated. Bewre buyer.

August 15, 2009


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