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Dining Guide

Cureight

Photograph by Kate LeSueur

Attention, residents of The Woodlands: there’s a reason to stay in town for dinner. Attention, Houstonians: there’s a reason to leave town for dinner! In this posh community 40 miles north of Houston, an extremely ambitious tasting menu is being floated at Cureight, located in a nice (if plain) white-tablecloth dining room hidden away inside Hubbell & Hudson Bistro. Here, three evenings a week, ambitious 28-year-old chef Austin Simmons plies guests with an eight-course extravaganza. It starts light, with a stunning still life of bay scallops and fresh vegetables in a dashi-apple broth. Then it gets serious with a two-part medley of precisely crisped pork belly and assertively char-grilled Spanish octopus tricked out with dabs of sriracha and house-made apple butter. It peaks with a surf and turf duo of lobster and phenomenally marbled Miyazaki. (Kobe and Akaushi are so last century.) Does the level of execution justify the hefty prix fixe ($135 each for food alone when we visited)? Absolutely.

City: The Woodlands

Cuisine:

Drinks: Bar

Price: $$$$

Rating: ★★★

Address: 24 Waterway Ave., The Woodlands, TX, 77380

Hours: D Thur–Sat.

Phone: 281-203-5605

Website: hubbellandhudson.com/cureight/

Last updated: August 24, 2015