5117 Kelvin Drive
Houston, TX 77005
Eau Tour (water journey) is an exciting, creative concept focusing on an easy and relaxing atmosphere serving chef-driven, shareable feasts, perfect for a gathering with friends and family in Rice Village.
The cozy 2,000 square foot space features bar seating for 11 guests with booth and banquette seating for 60. The space also features a tree-topped covered patio accessible by elevator on the east side of the building. The community bistro concept features a playful but focused approach to food: stylistically contemporary French cuisine with a lighter fare. The menu centers around a wood burning Josper oven with a flair for seafood and features a boisterous wine selection and heavy pour cocktail program.
Food highlights include multiple offerings of Caviar “for the people”, Scallop Crudo with blood oranges and pistachio dukkah, Leeks Vinaigrette with boquerones and hazelnuts, Tuna Tartare with romesco, almonds, & bottarga, and a Seared Sea Trout with smoked onion soubise and grilled frisee. Non seafood items include a Double Cheeseburger with a combination of house ground short rib and duck and Pork Milanese featuring tonnato, dill, charred cabbage and chili oil. Desserts feature a Gateau Basque with infused Texas strawberries and orange blossom cream and Pecan Banana Upside Down Cake with ube and rum.
The Eau Tour cocktail program celebrates the classics with fresh takes on mainstays. A few features will be the “Mean Left Hook”, made with rhum Agricole, green chartreuse, coconut, pineapple and lime served in a fish-shaped cocktail glass, “Le Vieillard Nouveau”, an old fashioned using barrel-aged gin, Demerara simple syrup, and Amer liqueur, and the “Aneth Avec” a dill-forward cocktail with house aquavit and Lillet Blanc. All cocktails will be available in a small “shot-sized” format to encourage responsible sampling.
The wine program offers a small, but comprehensive selection of traditional and avant-garde producers from France’s classic regions as well as wine made in America with a French sensibility. In order to capture the incredible value often found in Parisian neighborhood bistros, the bottle list is priced well below industry standard.
The intimate spot, designed by Garnish Design, features art deco bravado with bright pops of color and playful, vintage light fixtures. The unique color palette includes a mix of chartreuse green, dusky rose, and grey-blue creating a fun, flirty environment. The custom stained-glass windows create a warm glow over the second story space. Garnish Design painstakingly preserved the original terrazzo floors and D’hanis brick walls remaining from its days as a bank in the 1960’s. Eau Tour is open for dinner service Tuesday through Sunday, from 4-10 p.m. Reservations suggested and can be made on Resy.