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Title Houston Voice, No. 997, December 3, 1999
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date December 3, 1999
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE • DECEMBER 3, 1999 OUT ON THE BAYOU 19 Eating Out Inside charm turns unappetizing RESTAURANT REVIEWS by KATHREEN LEE When I discovered that CAFE NOIR is owned by Carl Lewis, I first imagined a sports bar, in the fashion of Wilt Chamberlain's theme restaurants, or any other concept establishment owned by celebrities who have no right to go anywhere near other people's food. While the surroundings of used car lots and dilapidated buildings did nothing to endear me to its isolated location, Cafe Noir is charming inside with its cultivated and simple decor. Cafe Noir is elegantly decorated with black and white photographs lining the key lime painted walls, helping to evoke a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere From the start, the service was impeccable, with the host wait staff and bus crew all disposed to answer questions from my dining companion or me, even to the specifics of the name of a particular seasoning or sauce. Our waiter had a trainee with him that evening, hence his eagerness to please and impress. He summoned his copious regalia of waiting skills. Everything from delivering the specials-of-the-day spiel to delivering another Coke was done with a flourish. My companion and I did appreciate the prompt and thorough attention, despite the borderline obsequience. Unfortunately, we didn't find the food as pleasing as its presentation. The evening started with Crabcakes ($8.75) and Merguez ($7), a spicy Moroccan lamb sausage, skewered and grilled with Cafe Noir 2606 Fannin • 713-659-5409 Food: c^p^p^P Service: &&&&& Value: /^S*-^ £ Scene: g> &>& £ Z Opt for bread, water at home ■ OK, if you really must Fine for most ; Worth the drive, so live a little As good as it gets chilled mint sauce. The crabcakes were greasy, and the pulverized innards created a much-too-mushy consistency. One would expect crabcakes to be thick and fluffy with bread crumbs lightly sheltering a heavy morsel, but the portions were too meager, and the basil in the crabcakes was overdone. One redeeming feature, however, was the three different sauces, chipolte, buerre blanc, and poblano, which were served with the crabcakes. The three sauces outstripped the crabcakes and made them more tolerable. The Merguez was much more agreeable, with the skewered bite sized sausages grilled to a perfect smoky flavor. While the spicy seasoning brought out an extra tang in the sausages, the mint sauce that came with it was disappointing. I resorted to dipping the sausages in the three crab- cake sauces. For the entrees, my companion and I did not get what we expected. For instance, my companion ordered the grilled tuna steak ($19.50), which our waiter extravagantly described as marinated in herbs and served with roasted vegetables and peppered rice. Much to her dismay, the tuna lacked any seasoning and was so dry the taste evaporated. My companion commented that the vegetables were overcooked and that the peppered rice had an "overly nutty" flavor. She was not impressed. I ordered the Peppered Penne ($14.75), which is French Penne pasta tossed with grilled salmon, roasted peppers, sun-dried tomatoes and light lemon butter. But the supposedly "light" lemon butter ended up overpowering any other seasoning, and the salmon also retained its heavy fishy odor, which is usually not so pungent when cooked correctly. The combination of the two flavors were irreconcilable and made the entire dish rather unpalatable. With this rather unappetizing summation of our dinner, we decided to at least leave with something sweet. For dessert, we chose the Chocolate Pyramid ($7.95), a mixture of chocolate mousse, chocolate cake and a negligible amount of fresh fruit, all shaped into a pyramid with thin sides of milk chocolate. 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