The best way to capture a wild, rampaging meal is to hook it with a gigantic pasta lasso. Test your throwin' arm with today's deal. For $35, you get $70 worth of fine Italian cuisine and non-alcoholic drinks at Valentino Houston. Conveniently located on the first floor of the Hotel Derek, the restaurant offers an elegant escape from the bustling Galleria-area shopping.
Before dinner, peruse tempting antipasti options like the goat-cheese flan with roasted beets and watercress salad resting in a refreshing reservoir of balsamic syrup ($14), or the hickory-smoked quails nestled between warm asparagus under the pour of fig-grape-must dressing ($16). The bold spaghetti and sea bass, dressed in garlic oil, gray-mullet roe, and arugula ($16), harnesses the power of spoon, fork, and slurp, while pasta purses stuffed with steamy lobster and heightened by a spicy vodka sauce can be scooped up with ease ($20). Heartier plates include buffalo-tenderloin medallions amidst a vincotto and onion medley ($40), or roasted duck breast accompanied by butternut squash in a fig demi ($37). Like the temperament of an unlicensed clown, menu pricing and availability may change without notice.
Complementing the edible masterpieces is an ample helping of inedible ambience, which proves that feasters with eyes the size of their stomachs require supreme presentation and industrial-sized eye drops. Valentino's décor is built around rich crimson and cream walls that wrap the room in a warm glow beneath already grand lighting. It's sophisticated-but-accessible interior pleasantly plays host to romantic day dates, serious business dinners, and indulgent morning meet-ups for members of the babysitter's club.
- The spaghetti bottarga at Valentino's is an intensely flavored dish that's one-of-a-kind in Houston. – Paul Galvani, Houston Press
- Seared, medium-rare buffalo tenderloin induced wows at my table, from the luxurious quality of the meat to the expertly calibrated reduction of Vin Cotto, a complex grape-must syrup that was sparingly applied. – Alison Cook, Houston Chronicle
- Make your way to Valentino's for a well executed dining experience in a pleasant environment. – Brad L., B4-U-EAT
Hotel Derek is Texas with an upscale twist. The name itself is a play on the derrick drilling rig, a nod to Houston’s oil-rich past. Located in the heart of the city’s Uptown neighborhood, the hotel is a quick walk from The Galleria, a sprawling mall with hundreds of brand-name retailers, including Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany, as well as a slew of restaurants.
The hotel's Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awarded restaurant cooks up Texas-style breakfast daily, with dishes including huevos rancheros and pecan-raisin french toast. At Revolve Kitchen and Bar, an extensive list of wine and beer complements entrees such as baby back ribs, truffle mac & cheese, and the famous hangover burger.
Guest rooms at Hotel Derek are decorated with rich fabric, bold colors, and luxurious amenities. For example, each 500-square-foot terrace suite features two bathrooms, a bedroom, and a separate living area with a fold-out couch. Guests can take in views of Houston from the suite's balcony or through floor-to-ceiling windows.
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2525 West Loop S
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