Houston Fine Dining: Caracol
Located on Post Oak Boulevard, less than seven miles from the Alexan Enclave Apartments is the Caracol Restaurant. Sailboat booms over the bar, suspended sailcloths, and Charley Harper artwork depicting sea life give the Caracol Restaurant a feeling of coastal dining. Grey washed tables surrounded by blue and sandy beige colors give it more of a beachy feel. The custom carpets express the Caracol theme.
Caracol translates to snail or conch in English. Conch is often the main ingredient in ceviche, a Mexican seafood dish. And if you want Mexican seafood, the Caracol Restaurant is the place to go. The menu offers a variety of dishes ranging from seared tuna tacos to wood-roasted Gulf oysters. Vegetarian menu options are available, too. A popular dish to try is the Ceviche de Caracol, a combination of conch, pineapple, ginger, and jalapeño or Ceviche Verde, made with lime-cured red snapper, cilantro, parsley, green olives, onion, jalapeño, and radish.
There is more than one dessert choice but the star of the dessert menu is El Coco, a coconut-shaped chocolate shell filled with coconut buttercream, coconut ganache, and coconut streusel. It is served with a small wooden mallet, which diners use to crack open the coconut.
Chef Hugo Ortega travels Mexico's beaches discovering recipes he fine-tunes and serves at Caracol. This is an excellent strategy as Forbes Travel Guide calls the Caracol Restaurant one of Houston's top four Latin American restaurants.
Caracol is open seven days a week. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday, and Sunday's brunch is a buffet. The restaurant has several private dining areas available for celebrations or business meetings.
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