MARS Mediterranean Restaurant Introduces New Menu to Houston Residents
The concept of Goodnight Hospitality, MARCH reopened last week with a brand new menu. The restaurant, which serves Mediterranean cuisine, closed for a month in an effort to develop a menu focused on the southern regions of Spain.
MARCH prides itself on exploring areas of the Mediterranean where borders meet. The nickname looks like an area of land on the border between two territories??the hotel group sees the Mediterranean as a collection of walk, with diverse cultures, languages and traditions. The restaurant’s menu first explored the Maghreb in Northwest Africa, and now it is moving north, to the regions of Andalusia and Murcia, where chef Ian Payne has made his home. “It was intimidating to make a menu that paid homage to the dishes and flavors that lifted me up,” says Payne. “With this menu, I present my childhood memory. The use of seemingly simple but daring ingredients like grilled peppers, pata negra, olives and, of course, mariscos have shaped my approach.”
To prepare for the menu transformation, the MARCH team studied the history of southern Spain and the dominant cultures of Andalusia and Murcia. Chef and partner Felipe Riccio said the pivot to new flavors was a “logical transition” as it follows the migration of people from the Maghreb, what we now know as Spain. “This particular research was exciting because of the unique connection our team of chefs have with the region – some of us have lived there, others have family from there, have visited or intend to. visit next year after being so intrigued by our work, ”says Riccio.
New menu additions include Tortilla de Angulas, Crudo de Cigala and, for dessert, Bay Laurel ice cream with PX Sherry Caramel.
The beverage program is robust and will feature MARCH’s 11,000-bottle wine cellar with wines from around the world. Master sommelier June Rodil said wine offerings would focus primarily on Spanish wines, with the latest addition being the region-specific sherry pairing. As for cocktails, bar manager Alex Negranza studied architecture in Spanish cities to prepare drinks inspired by the colors of Spain, such as MARS martini and The Antique, based on Louis Roque Plum Brandy, sherry, barley, lemon, red wine and egg white. .
Guests can enjoy the flavors of the Mediterranean through their 6-course discovery and 9-course exploration menus, priced at $ 175 to $ 225.
MARCH 1624 Westheimer. Reservations only. To purchase tickets, visit their website.