Set in a fairly cool, contemporary space that seems well-matched with the creative cocktails it offers, and sporting a menu featuring northern Thai dishes rarely, if ever, seen in Houston, brand new Foreign Correspondents is not your typical, homey Thai restaurant. It is hip, interesting, and fairly adventurous in its offerings. Possibly most pleasantly surprising, though, is its very interesting, eclectic and food-friendly wine list that culls a number of different and sometimes offbeat selections mostly from oft-cooler wine-producing climes of Europe.
Most people don’t associate Thai food and European wines, but it does make a lot of sense. With their acidity and balance, wines from traditional wine-producing areas in Europe can usually complement food better than wines from elsewhere. And, these wines can provide a more enjoyable dining experience than a traditional beverage. Spicy, off-dry Gerwurztraminer and Riesling are often suggested as pairings for familiar Thai food.
Foreign Correspondents offering different cooking and obviously possessing lot of wine savvy, goes well beyond just those. There is a dry Lambrusco, a sparkling wine from Germany, a Mencia from Ribeira Sacra in Spain, a light and fruity Schiava from northern Italy, a Pineau d’Aunis rosé from France, a Sancerre, a Vouvray, a Reisling from Mosel, and also an odd Edelzwicker from Ascace plus an Orangetraube from Vienna. These are just some of the fifteen options by the glass. The full wine list features about seventy wines ranging from $36 up to $380, the last an outlier in price, but for a Trimbach Clos Ste-Hune Riesling 2007. Most bottles are under $70 and the list includes a number of Reislings, several Gruner Veltiners, plus items like the food-friendly Provencal rosé, aromatic Albariños and Kerners, Pinot Noir. There are also Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons from Napa, if without the oak and excessive extraction.
Maybe the quality of the wine list should not be surprising as it is part of the Treadsack Group, whose laudable new stablemate Hunky Dory not too far away also has an excellent selection of wines, though more expectedly at a European-themed restaurant helmed by a very well-regarded (European) chef in Richard Knight. Nicely, the wines at Foreign Correspondents are cheaper than at Hunky Dory. The wines by the glass run from $8 to $15, averaging $11 versus the $17 average at Hunky Dory.
No telling what might pair especially well with one of their bullfrog preparations which were offered during a recent visit, as bullfrogs are no longer in season. The other food is also worthy of a visit.
4721 N. Main (between Airline and Studewood), 77009, (713) 864-8424