Throughout my culinary expeditions across Houston’s dining scene, I’ve come to appreciate seeking out specialized restaurants for authentic global cuisine. An unfortunate encounter with jerk chicken from an American-style eatery taught me this valuable lesson. Therefore, my reservations about Traveler’s Table were understandable—could a single restaurant truly capture the essence of diverse world flavors? Yet, my doubts were put to rest. Every dish was a triumph, even the notoriously tricky Southern-style chicken and grits. Our culinary journey included indulging in delights like the Breakfast Bread Pudding, Crab Samosas, the soul-satisfying Louisiana Fried Chicken, and the rich, flavorful Braised Oxtail Omelette.
The finale, a delicate Rosewater Panna Cotta adorned with Cardamom yogurt, rosewater-pomegranate syrup, poached Korean pears, Biscoff crumble, crushed pistachios, and pomegranate seeds, stood as a testament to unique taste combinations. Its presentation was a work of art. With each spoonful, a composition of soft, warm, rosy, and tart flavors danced on your tongue. When seeking brunch recommendations in downtown-midtown Houston or even the Houston area, “Traveler’s Table” undeniably stands out as a top-tier suggestion.
During another delightful rendezvous for brunch, I indulged in the Ube Pancakes, skillfully crafted using vibrant purple sweet potatoes, accompanied by plums and with a touch of brown sugar boba. The dish was topped with lavender chantilly a velvety coconut syrup drizzle, resulting in a symphony of flavors that delighted the senses.
However, it was my most recent visit that revealed a true culinary gem on their menu—the Jerk Chicken. This dish became my absolute favorite because of its skillful marinade, infused with the spicy scotch bonnet glaze. Complementing the chicken was the sweet plantain relish, braised collard greens, coconut rice, and beans. To add a final touch, crispy okra graced the ensemble. Each bite was a party in my mouth, a carnival of flavors that left an indelible imprint.
One has to wonder how an upscale eatery is able to master flavor, portions, and service while maintaining a menu almost entirely under $25, while others with less allure are doubling their prices.