Situated on a charming section of 19th Street in the Heights, Shade offers a trendy dining experience with solid food and a solid wine list. The menu options can become pricey, but if you're thinking of venturing up here for the first time, make sure to come for dinner and forget the weekly budget, because at Shade, the portions are tasty and creative, but somewhat small.
We had the salad together with the campechana, and first of all, those plaintain chips are fresh and they are addicting. I'm also a huge sucker for pomegranate seeds, and the citrus salad delivered. My wife ordered the Sauteed snapper: Covered with cucumber slices and a thin layer of wasabi, and sitting in a broth of Thai curry, Napa slaw, and crispy wontons, the snapper is wonderful in both presentation and taste, and stands as Shade's signature entree. I had the Chicken it was wonderful.
Sweet, sticky and served a la mode with a side of fresh toffee. The sticky toffee pudding can become a little overpowering in its sweetness, but I'm also a sucker for homemade toffee.
In all, Shade delivers a solid dinner experience at a lower price point than the nicest restaurants in Houston.