In this week’s episode of “What’s Eric Eating”, chef Joe cervantez and owner Raz Halili join Eric Sandler, editor-in-chief of CultureMap food, to discuss Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House. Scheduled to open in the coming weeks, Pier 6 will combine the gastronomic skills developed by Cervantez at Killen’s Steakhouse and Brennan’s of Houston with Halili’s seafood knowledge from the family business, the supplier of Prestige Oysters Gulf Coast Oysters.
Partly inspired by Halili’s travels, Pier 6 aims to raise the bar for dining in the coastal community of San Leon, with a sophisticated interior and waterfront dining. Cervantez discusses his plans for the menu, which includes a huge selection of raw dishes as well as lots and lots of oysters. Sandler asks the chef to start with a clean slate, as opposed to his previous positions where he worked for restaurants with established reputations.
“It’s a challenge to create a whole menu from scratch. Trying to make sure it’s well balanced. Trying to make sure that there is something for everyone, that there is something for everyone. act to capture the inhabitants, to bring in people from out of town, ”says Cervantez. “At the same time, making sure the menu is profitable, so people aren’t shocked by the stickers when they come to eat. All of these factors come into play. At the same time, it must be fun.”
Before the interview, co-host Linda Salinas joins Sandler to discuss the news of the week. Their topics include: the state of bars in Houston after Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo decided not to join Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to reopen; the opening of new Treebeards in the Memorial area; and Dynamo star Brian Ching opening his new terrace bar, East End Backyard.
In the restaurant of the week segment, the two hosts discuss their recent meal at Ostia, Chef Travis McShane’s recently opened Montrose restaurant. They also share their experiences at Whiskey authorization, the new bar in The Heights.