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Where Did We Go?

Ruggles Black
3939 Kirby Dr Houston TX 77098

What’s the Skinny?

What do we get when two larger than life personalities join forces to bring the city a new eclectic bar and restaurant with a focus on Indian and Asian flavors with a French American twist? Bold, sexy, and tantalizing are the first words that come to mind when thinking of this new concept, Ruggles Black, from Chef Bruce Molzan and his partner and restaurateur Neera Patidar. Don’t think for a minute that chef Molzan, the king of Paleo, will have a menu that is not filled with Paleo options. A few Paleo stand-outs are:

  • Paleo Beef Short Rib Taco with scallions, green mango, carrots, red onion, cilantro, jalapenos, peanut chutney sauce, kim chi mayo
  • Paleo Fried Rice with Snapper with cauliflower rice, onions, cilantro, ginger, mushrooms, shrimp, eggs, crab, sweet potato, sriracha

And while chef was doing his thing in the kitchen, his partner Neera Patidar was working her magic and making the space FABULOUS. The décor definitely reflects and matches the menu with its flair of modern posh meets global chic; or we can sum it up in their words, “Although surprising in many ways, the spicy ethnic atmosphere is yet so versatile: perfect for casual fine dining, late night eating, cocktails & dancing, and can even accommodate special parties.”

What Did We Love?

The menu is separated in typical fashion by appetizers (Street Eats), salads (On To The Farm & Into The Garden), a nice array of flatbreads, and more bountiful options for your main course (Still Hungry For More?).

The beginning of our meal was an introduction to Paleo by way of “street” tacos that showed off the restaurant’s focus on fused flavors. These bite-sized wonders will have you quickly forgetting the flour tortillas we have all grown to love. Say hello to the Paleo tortilla.

The Angry Shrimp and Pork Spring Rolls were a great rendition of the traditional Asian fare with the added twist of their specialty shrimp which are made with a creative mixture of house blended spices. The Crab Tower (Jumbo Lump Crab, Avocado, Pico De Gallo, Chili, and Mayo), quite large and adequate for your main entree, was welcomed with bright eyes and steady forks.

The Flatbreads were topped with everything you would not find on a typical pizza, and that explains our infatuation with these sliced “pies”. Whether you wanted lamb, shrimp, duck, or a vegetarian option sprinkled with masala potatoes and drizzled with cucumber yogurt, even if you left with a doggie bag, we are not sure how far you would make it home. The Tandori Chicken Flatbread was a big hit with its mild heat and aromatic spices resulted in an Urban Swank fave.

And please leave room for an after dinner treat as the Asian influence progresses nicely into dessert. Who doesn’t want a Coconut Mango Bombe? It’s madness in its purest form. You’ve been warned.

The Urban Swank Girls

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