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UB Preserv

This tour de force by super-chef Chris Shepherd marries Vietnamese flavors and Houston traditions for a winning union, all served in a snug, casual, and always hopping space. Try this: Tiny, tender pork-stuffed dumplings with soy, chile, and black vinegar sauce are so addictive that you’ll hesitate to share. Other hits include the moist tamarind-glazed Gulf snapper with mega-couscous and summer squash. Inventive but missing the mark: the spicy kimchi jambalaya with crawfish, which tasted a bit fishy, and the wok-fried panzanella salad with heirloom tomatoes, summer beans, and croutons, which arrived a little limp. Pro tip: Expect crowds and slower service on the weekends, even with reservations.

City: Houston

Cuisine:

Drinks: Bar

Price: $$$

Rating: ★★★

Address: 1609 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX, 77006

Hours: D Wed–Sat. B Sun.

Phone: 346-406-5923

Website: ubpreserv.com

Last updated: July 5, 2021