Jesse Perez has brought a touch of comfort food the Pearl Brewery, 312 Pearl Parkway. His Arcade Midtown Kitchen opened this week.
At a preview party on Tuesday evening, Perez, once named best Latin chef in the country, served a host of local celebrities, including Mayor Julián Castro and fellow chefs Bruce Auden, John Brand and Jason Dady, as well as friends and family.
Dishes included several of his signature creations, including lobster soft tacos served with a poblano cream on top. P.E.I. mussels with chorizo in an orange-habanero broth, pork belly ragú with ricotta, and chile and lime calamari were among the other snacks offered that can be found on the menu. Others include P&B Meatballs (pork and beef, of course), Grilled Octopus and Arugula Salad, and Salt & Pepper Beets with Goat Cheese.
A flatbread topped with shrimp and pineapple was followed by slices of filet with garlic spinach as well as spiced lamb chops with lemon sweet potatoes and pasilla fig mole. Other entrees include Lemon & Pepper Peeler Farm’s Chicken, Ancho Chile Glazed Salmon with rock shrimp hash, a 12-ounce, house-aged rib-eye and Wild Mushroom Linguine.
Also featured were several of Arcade’s signature cocktails, including the Boulevardier, a Negroni variation made with bourbon.
Much of the decor reflects its historical part of the Pearl location with chandeliers made from old beer crates and door handles from made from salvaged pieces.
Another feature of the restaurant is the Zoltan Fortune Teller that stands near the restrooms. It does tell fortunes for 50 cents, and the proceeds raised will benefit a local charity.
Perez, a San Antonio native, has headed up the kitchen at Francesca’s at Sunset among other restaurants around town. He has also worked in Los Angeles and Atlanta before returning home. He recently shared a love letter for his hometown on The Huffington Post.
For more information on Arcade Midtown Kitchen, click here or call (210) 369-9664.
Photos from Phillip Kent and John Griffin.