Fresh out of the gate, Flo Paris is already getting rave reviews and converting Houstonians en masse into Francophiles. Although Flo is not the only self-proclaimed “French Bakery-Café” in town, this Galleria-area eatery distinguishes itself from others of its genre via a cohesive and well-curated menu of whimsical treats and light savory fare.
Early birds should flock to Flo for their outstanding cappuccinos and breakfast options, like the hearty crepes with eggs, cheese, with or without chorizo. For a lighter, daintier snack, try the smoked salmon pastry with pistachios.
Lunch selections feature familiar ingredients in creative combinations. See, for example, the salmon tandoori sandwich with sautéed mushrooms, parmesan cheese, lemon, dill, and capers served on a poppy seed baguette or the turkey breast with provolone cheese, roasted bell peppers, tomato, arugula, and housemade pesto on pain de mie (which, by the way, is the fancy French way of saying sliced sandwich bread). Don’t let the choice of inventive sandwiches as well as their generous portions to lead you to overlook Flo’s savory crepes, luscious triangles of folded paper-thin batter stuffed with all sorts of inviting protein, vegetable, and dairy components. The “four-cheese”, with swiss, mozzarella, parmesan, and brie, is a gobsmackingly delicious love letter to the coagulated milk products that will tempt even the most lactose-averse. My personal favorite is the slightly (only slightly) lighter ham, cheese, and mushroom crepe with the optional egg.
If for you “crepe” is synonymous with “dessert,” you won’t be disappointed by Flo Paris’s sweet varieties, standouts of which include the tried-and-true Nutella with strawberries and the more adventurous “tropical” crepe with Nutella, banana, coconut, pineapple, and strawberries.
The most compelling desserts, in terms of flavor and form, are the pastries and macarons on offer. You won’t be dissatisfied with the rich eclairs bursting with cream or the crème brûlée; however, I strongly urge you to eat outside your comfort zone and try some of Flo’s more sophisticated creations like the strawberry torte with Chantilly, chocolate orange mousse, and the mille-feuille. Okay, so I didn’t actually count the layers of this last classic confection to check to see if there were, in fact, 1000, but I can testify that each and every one was buttery and lighter than air.
Balancing the formality of some of the fare is the casual interior décor and chatty staff. The black and white mural of Paris arrondissement and red and light turquoise chairs paired with shiny metal tables in an airy space give rise to a chic but friendly feel: perfect for a long lunch.