The first time I ever had "Kobe" beef, was at Bradley Ogden, Las Vegas. A 1 ounce sliver cost $40 per piece...I had 4! But, it was all really worth it! The other thing I know about Bradley Ogden is that he's won the James Beard award...twice! So naturally, when I saw he was coming to Houston, I was a little giddy.
I have to say, it's a bit of an odd feel. I mean, this shopping center doesn't quite feel like the spot to open a restaurant. It's supposed to be "casual", but the prices are not "casual". My Wagyu beef dinner entree cost $54! But you know me, anytime there is Wagyu, I splurge because I absolutely love Wagyu beef! My meal was really good, we both enjoyed our entrees very much. My veggies were so stinking good, I mean I swear I think they must of laced it with something illegal. So very good...my entire meal. Matt got the Chicken dinner, which was nice. I know he really liked it and he is very picky. He said he liked the way it tasted and the way it was cooked. He also loved his vegetables. We enjoyed all of our items including the few items that were sent to our table, compliments of the chef. Those zucchini fries were yum yum! And lastly, I liked my pineapple upside down dessert over Matt's chocolate banana thing. Our bill came out to $171 not including tip. That seems a little high, but I did get a glass of wine and matt two draft beers, which he thought $9 was a bit steep.
The decor is nice, very trendy, rustic, rich colors mixed with this casual pieces, like the bench seats and the servers' plaid shirts. I liked it all a lot! Lots of interesting things to look at from cool light fixtures, wire lamps, black boards, kitchen through the wine racks, etc. Neat place. Our server was really sweet too and new to Houston.
We got to meet Chef Bradley, very nice guy. Apparently, the Funky Chicken next door is also owned by them. They will have 3 restaurants in Houston, after all is said and done, third one in Memorial City Mall. Bradley lives in San Jose, his son is the executive chef at BFD and lives here in Houston. Sorry about the blurry pictures, my settings were all off, will do better next time.