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Shake Shack, Nobu and … More?

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BY // 09.13.16

As Houston’s fine dining scene continues to expand, The Galleria is going full-speed ahead in the busy arena. While the Simon-owned mega shopping mall already houses an extensive food court (fast-food favorites like Cane’s, Chick-Fil-A, and Salata) alongside full-service dining destinations including Del Frisco’s, The Oceanaire, and Peli Peli, it is raising the bar with the addition of two acclaimed restaurants.

In Fall 2017, Nobu, one of the world’s best-known, upscale Japanese restaurants will open its doors at the mall. New York-based Fig & Olive will also makes its Houston debut in the third quarter next year, serving high-end fare inspired by the French Riviera. The restaurants — which are part of The Galleria’s multi-million dollar expansion — cement the center’s reputation as a well-rounded luxury destination.

“There is significant consumer demand for fine-dining options, and The Galleria is pleased to be the first to welcome these exclusive brands,” said Vicki Hanor, Simon’s executive vice president and managing director. “Our powerful leasing momentum continues to yield premiere, luxury retailers and restaurants — many of which are first to Houston — including Yauatcha, The Webster, Christian Louboutin, and Céline. We are extremely committed to providing our shoppers with an unrivaled shopping experience that includes preeminent retail stores and restaurants.”

A rendering of the future Nobu and Fig & Olive. (Courtesy photo)

Nobu, which premiered in 1994 in New York City and rocketed chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa to fame, will occupy 10,000 square feet of the former Saks Fifth Avenue space. Expect Peruvian-Japanese fusion featuring dishes such as Matushisa’s signature miso black cod, langoustines with red chili shiso salsa, spicy salmon skewers, sea urchin tempura, and a bevy of sushi.

The 7,000-square-foot Fig & Olive space is perched adjacent to Nobu. The restaurant’s signature dishes highlight Mediterranean cuisine, with offerings like freshly baked rosemary fougasse bread served with three different olive oils, a variety of crudos, truffle risotto, Mediterranean branzino, rosemary lamb chops, and the Fig & Olive tajine.

Nobu and Fig & Olive join Michelin-starred dim sum restaurant Yauatcha and New York-based burger chain Shake Shack — both of which are expected to open this fall — on The Galleria’s expanding culinary roster.

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