On this week’s episode of “What’s Eric Eating,” chefs Christopher Haatuft and Paul Qui join CultureMap Editor-in-Chief Eric Sandler to discuss Golfstrommen, the seafood market and restaurant at the Post Market food hall inside the Post Houston development. The conversation begins with Who, who won both a season of Excellent chef and a James Beard Award, explaining how he connected with Haatuft, which recently earned a Michelin star at Lysverket, its flagship seafood restaurant in Bergen, Norway.
From there, the conversation turns to Golfstrommen. Haatuft explains how he combined his focus on sustainability with serving food that customers will pay for. Although it continues to evolve, the restaurant has already received considerable praise from diners and critics. Haatuft sees a bright future.
“I think it’s important to note that we opened with our money, without any investors. We’re building it as we go,” he says. “It’s very similar to how I normally open a restaurant at home. I’m confident enough in what we’re doing that I never feel the need to have a concept finished in two weeks. I’m confident in starting slowly and letting it get its own identity and its own backbone The restaurant is definitely a lot better than it was when we opened, and that’s when we got all this great press .
Who, who oversees several restaurants in the food hall as well as establishments in Austin, Denver and Miami, has found his own role in the restaurant kitchen.
“Where I am in my career, it’s a beautiful oasis. Coming to Golfstrommen and checking out what the guys are doing here rekindles my inspiration to want to be a chef,” he says. “The energy of our talented chefs there – it’s me jumping the line to cook whatever I want without thinking of anything else and just being excited about the ingredients.”
Before the interview, Sandler and co-host Michael Fulmer discuss the week’s news. Their topics include: Ben Berg’s plans to renovate and relaunch La Table; the opening of CounterCommon Beerworks & Kitchen in Bellaire; and opening of the Reata Cellars wine store and bar in the heights.
In the restaurant segment of the week, they discuss their visit to Georgia James, the luxurious steakhouse of Chris Shepherd who has just moved to his new home in the mixed-use development of Regent Square. Tune in to hear their thoughts on how it compares to other top steakhouses in Houston.
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