a'Bouzy - Champagne Bar in Houston

I’ve gotten a couple of emails from the newly opened a’Bouzy, but this weekend’s email caught my attention.

.25 oysters on Mondays from 11-3. I read it several times looking for the fine print, restriction or disclaimer. Nothing, oysters are $3/doz on Mondays at lunch.

a’Bouzy is a champagne bar stocking some 1,000 wines, including some of the rarest. I hadn’t paid much attention to its opening in August, spearheaded by the former GM of Brasserie 19, and I’m not sure why I was getting emails, but well, yay. Bouzy is a French region known for its champagne production. a’Bouzy is supposed to sound Frenchy and Boozey, or maybe it’s a toast “to Bouzy.” It’s easy to remember anyway.

Today is Monday and I was delighted to see online that they have a very large covered patio and the weather is great for patio dining currently.

Each table received a complimentary amuse-bouche of whole radish with whipped herb butter. Delightful.

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So the oysters, some were small, but it’s early in the season. The server knew only that they were “Gulf Coast” oysters.
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I was mystified by the oyster trays which looked highly distressed, I wonder where they found them.

At lunch there are lots of small plates, sandwiches, salads and 4 or 5 entrees. I had the “whitefish salad” sandwich on croissant, which turned out to be tuna, but I like tuna and it was good quality tuna. I subbed pomme frites for the fruit side. In true French style, a baconaise was served for fry dipping. Another ordered the kale seafood salad which had crab and clams and plenty of both.

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The tea is served in over-sized canning jars and the wine list is on a tablet (natch, cause 1000 bottles).

The patio is large and lovely, though a bit noisy affronting Westheimer near the construction zone, next door to the French Gourmet Bakery and across the street and 1/2 block east of Shanghai River.

The cement tables on the patio are all branded with “a’Bouzy” pressed into the cement.

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I suspect I’ll be there next Monday with more people.

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Those clams sure look good. Did you have any oysters? I work every Monday through Christmas so there’s no hope for me.

I did! But only a dozen, this time. It occurred to me in the night when things generally occur to me, that those pans they are served in are old, used deep dish pizza pans.

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