Cantonese restaurant focused on duck to land in Houston soon

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The Blossom Hotel, the chic new getaway from the medical center area that opened last month, has announced an exciting new line of restaurants opening on-site in early 2022.

The first, Duck House by Boon, is a sibling of Empress by Boon, the stunning modern Cantonese restaurant that opened in San Francisco earlier this year. Empress was the first solo venture of Chef Ho Chee Boon, who spent three decades as the Executive Chef of the Michelin-starred Hakkasan group of restaurants.

As the name suggests, Duck House will focus on Cantonese bird-based duck dishes sourced from Joe Jurgielewicz & Son LTD, a fourth-generation family-owned duck farm in Pennsylvania. According to a press release, “JJS Peking Ducks” are known for their “distinct natural favor and unmatched crispy skin with an ideal meat-to-fat ratio.” Duck House will also serve dishes like stir-fries, dim sum and soups.

“I am proud to present Cantonese flavors and dishes that reflect my modern sensibility and my unique ingredients,” Boon said in a press release.

The second restaurant, AB Sushi, will be run by professional snowboarder turned prolific chef, Akira Back. Born in Korea and raised in Aspen, Colorado, Back rose to fame for his modern Korean restaurant in Seoul called Dosa, which won a Michelin star in 2018. He also owns several other restaurants, including the upscale Korean barbecue restaurant AB Steak in Los Angeles and the contemporary Japanese restaurant Yellowtail in Las Vegas.

At AB Sushi, diners can expect high-quality sushi, premium sashimi and Japanese-inspired dishes in a friendly atmosphere that is both “fancy and unpretentious,” according to the press release. The menu will focus on premium ingredients and Japanese cooking techniques.

When the Blossom Hotel was first announced, there were rumors that it was also hosting a possible karaoke bar. Back’s Chinese restaurant in Toronto, Dasha, offers private karaoke rooms, but it’s unclear if it will bring a similar concept to Houston.

The Blossom Hotel is located at 7118 Bertner Avenue. Duck Houseby Boon and AB Sushi are slated to open early next year. Stay tuned to Eater for more details as the date draws near.

Step into Empress Boon for a modern Cantonese experience in a historic banquet hall [Eater SF]

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New Houston Hotel to Bring Ambitious Sushi Restaurant, Karaoke Bar, and International Flair to Texas Medical Center [Paper City]

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