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Pesca on the River Becomes Ostra

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Lobster in several forms is on the menu at the new Ostra.

Ostra opens today in the space once known as Pesca on the River. The restaurant is part of the Mokara, once known as the Watermark Hotel & Spa. The address is all that hasn't changed: It is 212 W. Crockett St. Ostra's menu still emphasizes seafood. But chef John Brand's approach is a bit different from its previous incarnation. There's now a list of build-your-own entrées, such as Iceland Arctic char, Australian barramundi and grass-fed beef tenderloin, which you can top with your choice of sauces: béarnaise, veal jus, beurre rouge, lemon caper, sweet chili and horseradish cream. Signature dishes include penne with Anaheim pepper and Parmesan; scallops with coconut, chili garlic, and Napa slaw; Texas redfish with Lamb's Grist Mill Polenta; Hawaiian tuna with shiitake mushroom salsa; and grilled lobster bouillabaisse. Plenty of local products are on the menu, in addition to the aforementioned Lamb's Grist Mill Polenta. They include Bluebonnet Farms lettuces, Texas-raised chicken and seafood, and local heirloom tomatoes. The oyster bar is still in place, but diners can have their choice presented bow-torched with tobikko aioli on top. Other starters include barbecued shrimp in a Shiner Bock sauce and tacos filled with your choice of blackened redfish, braised beef or lobster. Dessert options include lemon chantilly cake, an apple tart with almond cream, cookies and milk, and "fancy chocolate mousse." The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information, call 210-396-5800 or click here.
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