Avenida Houston presents a melting pot of cultures to enjoy as you eat, sip, and stroll through the heart of Downtown. So it comes to no surprise that Marcus Davis, creator of Midtown staple The Breakfast Klub, opened his “urban komfort kitchen” right in the center of it all.
Kulture sits on the ground floor of Avenida Houston’s Partnership Tower and features the cuisine of the African diaspora. Executive Chef Dawn Burrell heads the kitchen, adding a creative spin to Caribbean-Southern dishes like her cabbage wedge –a quarter-cut cabbage braised and seared in butter, soubise sauce, and bacon-shallot vinaigrette and her fried poussin (chicken) – a dish that’s almost too pretty to eat. Dishes are made from scratch, down to the bread used in the exquisite bread pudding. Burrell prides herself on having a good palate when building flavors or trying to replicate those that she may have only tasted once.
Guests can pop in for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, find comfort in the menu and trust that Burrell’s dishes will evoke happy food memories with every bite. “What we’re doing here is re-imagining these dishes so that they can be elevated to higher dining experiences,” says the former Olympic athlete turned acclaimed chef. “We really care about the freshness, quality, and ingredients we use, and that’s what I teach my team.”
Complementing Burrell’s culturally elevated menu is the equally elevated décor at Kulture. Tall glass windows illuminate the space with plenty of natural lighting, and vibrant furniture invites guests to lounge. Local art by acclaimed Houston artist, Robert Hodge, hangs tastefully on the walls, and it’s hard to miss the dedicated art display nestled in the corner showcasing ingredients, details, tools and artifacts that are representative of African culture. In addition to the rotating art, weekly musical performances by local jazz and R&B artists set the mood as guests relax at the bar and salon dinners take over the restaurant twice a month as an added form of culinary art expression.
“Kulture is a culinary art museum,” comments Burrell. “That’s who we are culinary speaking and what I try to mirror when I’m making dishes.”