Backyard Oaks residents already know d’Alba Craft Kitchen & Cocktails has opened. They have been flocking to the brand new restaurant from the second proprietor Daut Elshani started service on September 18.
Elshani, who brings expertise opening ideas resembling The Moonshiners and Beer Market Co. for the Salt N Pepper Group in addition to Buffalo Bayou Brewing Firm’s brewery in Sawyer Yards, conceives of d’Alba (named for the road its on) as a neighborhood eatery constructed round dishes and cocktails made with recent substances which can be served at an reasonably priced value.
In a prolonged assertion, Elshani traces the method of making d’Alba starting with bicycle rides via the neighborhood and overcoming pandemic-related value spikes in building supplies and the tight labor market.
“We aimed to offer an informal setting with elevated delicacies and cocktail choices with a aim of not following any traits or slapping an expiration date on the idea,” Elshani writes. “With d’Alba we achieved simply that and extra, we had been in a position to higher make the most of the patio and create totally different zones inside and outside eating appropriate for neighbors visiting us with children, a stroller and canine, or the native space redevelopment professionals, all the best way to a date night time or birthday celebration, we had been in a position to seize all of them, an all-occasion spot.”
Chef Geoff Hundt (Native Meals Benjy’s) created the menu, whereas former Brasserie 19 sous chef Mike Hartley will lead the kitchen each day. Diners might start their meal with an eclectic array of shareable objects resembling blue crab and shrimp campechana, spinach and artichoke dip, and oysters 3 ways: uncooked, chargrilled, and fried.
Pizzas, pastas, salads, and entrees spherical out the choices. Selections embody chef’s reduce steak with salsa verde, Gulf fish with roasted sunchokes, pasta Bolognese (made with locally-sourced beef), and a child kale salad with goat cheese. Vegan and vegetarian dishes are sprinkled all through the menu.
“Every part does have a minimum of two hidden and utterly vegetarian or vegan choices albeit with out annotating this designation. We have now achieved our aim of getting an avid Houston diner strive fried tempeh sandwich or get pleasure from a non-dairy Caesar dressing to a dairy free vegan spinach and artichoke dip and completely be surprised by the flavors,” Elshani provides.
Anvil veteran Kehlen Selph developed d’Alba’s cocktail menu, which options 22 home cocktails together with a couple of extra that may debut when brunch launches within the coming weeks. Selections embody the restaurant’s tackle the uber-popular espresso martini, a cocktail that options beet-infused tequila, and an Outdated Usual made with bourbon that is infused with dates and pumpkin seeds.
Bringing d’Alba to life has been a real household affair for Elshani. He recruited his brother Filiz in addition to his cousins Leon and Fatos Barileva to affix him within the undertaking. Collectively, they designed the restaurant’s clear, trendy inside and spacious patios.
Whereas solely roughly 70 % of the menu is presently out there as a result of staffing points, Elshani estimates that d’Alba shall be 100-percent operational by the top of October. Till then, he invitations diners to pattern what is out there and luxuriate in this neighborhood newcomer that is open day by day for lunch and dinner.