An amazing combination of modern French cuisine, wines and culture, La Table represents Houston's first unique multi-concept space and remarkable destination for culinary afficionados. Designed by Dolores Suarez and Caroline Grant of New York City-based Dekar Design (whose portfolio includes New York City’s Rosemary’s and Claudette) La Table takes its design inspiration from the homes of Provence to create a timeless, intimate elegance in each distinct space.
“La Table represents a wonderful combination of the best of French foods, wines, and culture,” said Gaudelet, a French native who is also a veteran of renowned French establishments including Le Meurice, La Tour D’Argent and Le Gavroche, and has worked with Michelin-starred chefs including Yannick Alleno and Joël Robuchon. “It’s been a labor of love conceptualizing this space, and we hope diners will enjoy the design, innovative menu offerings, and our welcoming staff.” Gaudelet oversaw the menu development and design of the space, and worked in tandem with his team of chefs and interior designers to execute his vision at La Table.
La Table’s dining spaces include Château, an upscale fine dining room offering elegant French cuisine on the second floor, Marché, a casual market-driven restaurant on the ground floor, and Macarons, a French bakery and coffee counter reminiscent of a bustling French boulangerie. Last, but not least comes Privée, which includes two private rooms fir for a multitude of event needs. Each space takes a local, market-driven approach, sourcing ingredients from the Houston area, and incorporates French cooking techniques and classically trained service.
La Table’s fine dining restaurant, Château, offers diners an elegant, yet approachable dining experience. The food blends traditional French recipes with simple, light preparations and local, seasonal ingredients packed with bold flavors, while the stunning space offers classic, unmatched hospitality.
With its impressive location overlooking Houston’s most prestigious boulevard, Château’s elegant design features a blue and gray color pallette that is complemented by warm undertones from linen weave fabrics, rich, velvet textiles, grasscloth wall treatments and handmade pendant light fixtures made by New York-based artist and furniture designer Matthew Shively, which are suspended from the ceiling at different heights. The room is centered around an accent table and features curved booths with scalloped edges, sleek, custom made chairs, and oval shaped tables.
Combining culinary simplicity with artful plating, Château’s menu highlights seasonally inspired dishes, including the Roasted Beet Salad with Blue Heron Farm goat milk, yogurt and cheese and D&M blood orange infused extra virgin olive oil, Roasted Heirloom Cauliflower with cherry tomato dressing, capers and almonds, Roasted Salmon with butternut squash and sage risotto and Seared Foie Gras with seasonal fruits. Château also offers “Simply Grilled” fish and meat as well as dishes served tableside from a sparkling silver guéridon – a lost art in restaurant service – including a Wild Mushroom Stuffed ‘Heritage’ Chicken and Parmesan Crusted Rack of Lamb, both served for two.
For dessert, offerings include Crème Brûlée Vanille & Madeleines with lemon and honey madeleines and Île Flottante with amaretto anglaise and almond tuile. Petit Fours are also served after dinner, from a classic Christofle porte mignardises trolley.
On the ground floor of La Table, the more casual restaurant, Marché, exudes the vibrancy of a French brasserie, ideal for a quick lunch or afternoon cocktail.The space features a gallery wall of black and white French photography, cozy orange and blue banquettes scattered with pillows, as well as rustic wood floors.
The menu at Marché offers more casual dishes while serving many of the items from Château, with the addition of items including the Grilled Chicken Sandwich with avocado, onion marmalade, comté and siracha pesto on a Ciabatta bun and the Lamb Burger topped with feta, cabbage slaw and cucumber mint aioli on a house-made rosemary bun.
Both the Château and Marché dining spaces feature fresh Raw Bar offerings including Oysters and a 1/2 Maine Lobster Cocktail, as well as specialty cocktails including the Coupe Du Blond, a sweet and refreshing blend of Lillet Blanc, vodka, elderflower liqueur, fresh grapefruit juice and thyme, and the Orchard, Belle de Brillet Pear liquor with apple cider and cinnamon.
An accessible wine program of about 60 wines is also available at both Château and Marché. A reserve wine list offers a total of 600 references, and includes domestic wines, as well as French wines, which are prominent on the list, and wines from Spain, Italy, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand among others. Happy hour is also available featuring wines by the glass personally selected by the sommelier.
COFFEE AND BAKERY
Also on the ground floor of La Table, the bakery, named Macarons, immediately transports you to a French boulangerie. Featuring brightly colored hand-painted tiles, gray marble, vintage-inspired light fixtures, the petite and charming space displays fresh, house-made pastries, breads and cakes in cases and on marble pedestals. Open from early morning to closing, diners can grab a coffee and pastry to-go or fill bags or boxes of treats that make for chic hostess gifts. Macarons’ offerings include Brioche Gourmand, sweet brioche buns offered in a variety of flavors and toppings, as well as Kouglof, a traditional Alsatian brioche offered in both sweet and savory varieties including Smoked Duck & Comté Cheese and Traditional with candied orange, golden raisins and almonds. The bakery’s namesake Macarons are offered in a variety of flavors, as well as Madeleines, Sables Bretons (French butter cookies) and Petits Pots de Crème, all of which are available for takeaway. Freshly baked breads made in-house include French Baguettes, Epi Seeded Baguettes, a baguette shaped like a wheat stalk, and Walnut & Raisin Bread.
La Table features two private dining spaces, the Champagne Room and the Paris Room, as well as an outdoor patio area that can be used for private events. The Paris Room seats up to fifty people and features floor to ceiling windows overlooking Post Oak Boulevard, black and white Parisian wallpaper, and hints of reds and blue. The Champagne Room, perfect for slightly smaller events, seats up to thirty at a vast family-style wood table, and incorporates hues of burgundy, navy blue, and gold. The outdoor Patio space seats up to 30 and is an extension of the first floor Marché.
THE ASSOULINE LIBRARY
Decorating the grand center staircase leading from Château to the ground floor is a unique art installation of glossy, lifestyle books from renowned French book publisher Assouline, which has sanctioned the space as its first Houston bookshop.
Here guests can find large format coffee table tomes to books on travel, food, wine and fashion, which can be purchased at La Table or even delivered to customers the next day.