Supper has opened at the Hotel Emma, the crowning jewel of the Historic Pearl Brewery.
The new restaurant at 136 E. Grayson St., is helmed by chef John Brand, who also serves as culinary director of the hotel, which should be most every food lover’s dream resort, whether you’re visiting for a meal or for the weekend.
“Supper marks the first Texas restaurant project for acclaimed design team Roman & Williams, recipients of the 2014 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award,” a press release from the restaurant reads. “Lauded for a design aesthetic that embraces the historic quality at the very essence of the Hotel Emma project, the duo created an intimate setting that seamlessly combines historic and modern elements. At Supper, with its menu of fresh, green market cuisine that flirts flavorfully with many local and regional cultural inspirations, Roman and Williams’ glossed white interiors set a light-filled stage for an unpretentious meal. Roomy booths create a welcoming ambience and pendant lights bathe the dining room in a warm, happy glow.
“Supper will boast 96 indoor seats, a scenic patio that accommodates seating for 50, and a private dining room for intimate gatherings and events for parties of up to 24.”
A recent lunch there showed Brand, known to many for his work at Las Canarias and Ostra, to be in fine form. The meal started with spinach and ricotta gnudi, a dumpling that’s related to gnocchi. It was presented with fried capers and grilled pickled artichoke hearts.
A cup of apple and parsnip soup added a fall feeling that was pure comfort.
Main courses included a juicy burger, served medium well as ordered, with a colorful salad on the side, and roast chicken with mushrooms, cauliflower and a parsnip puree.
Dessert was all indulgence with a burnt sugar panna cotta topped with sweet potato sorbet, crumbled chocolate cake and sea salt.
In short, the lunch held forth the promise of great flavors to come.
Your menu may not be the same as what we were offered. It will change with the season and whatever is freshest, from seafood to soups to salads.
Brand’s also overseeing Sternewirth, the hotel’s extensive bar, and Larder, where you can get coffee, pastries and gourmet treats to go (look for the burnt marshmallow Rice Krispie treats).
Supper is open for breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and dinner, 5 to 10 p.m. For reservations, call (210) 448-8351.