International Smoke, the wildly popular collaboration between Chef Michael Mina and lifestyle expert and bestselling cookbook author Ayesha Curry, opened on November 13, 2017 at 301 Mission Street. Inspired by Curry’s and Mina’s individual heritages and travels, International Smoke explores global approaches to fire, grilling, and smoke to create flavorful dishes that bring communities together all around the world. Food is at the heart of community, and this restaurant truly celebrates this.
Curry and Mina have created a menu that highlights an array of quality spices, products, and cooking techniques from around the globe. International Smoke will take guests on a journey to distant places with elevated takes on classic dishes such as: Jerk spice-seasoned Double Duck Wings, sticky mango, and revered Jamaican condiment known as green seasoning. Lemongrass Pork Chop, thinly sliced and charred on the grill, is served with stir fried clams, glass noodles, soy and lime. Binchōtan-Grilled Lobster with Japanese curry-spiced yakiudon. Punjabi-spiced Fish Fry with turmeric pickles, and raïta. The menu also features a section called “Three Little Pigs,” offering three different inspired preparations and flavors of pork such as St. Louis Spareribs, Cuban “Mojo” Ribs, and Japanese Miso Ribs.
The beverage program will consist of fresh, seasonal cocktails using local ingredients inspired by countries around the world. The bar at International Smoke will continue the idea of a communal dining experience through large format cocktails, featuring international beers as well as fantastic local brews on draft.
The visual experience of International Smoke, designed by Los Angeles-based firm Bishop Pass, creates a warm, welcoming, and intimate environment. The 80 person dining room features a number of booths to create intimate tables for guests to gather around. The dining room lends itself to a number of tableside service elements which also emphasize the communal nature of the menu. A candle display on the eastern wall anchors the dining room and is balanced by the bar in the center of the restaurant, which is flanked by two copper plated columns that give the room additional warmth and evoke the look and feel of a fireplace and grill.
The center bar seats up to twenty guests. Rounded, green leather bar stools act as the perfect aesthetic transition from the dining room to the bar area. The bar area brings the outdoors in, with greenery and potted plants that create an atmosphere of an enclosed patio or small parklet.
Menus & Events
International Smoke Houston offers semi private dining. Please contact Imani Browning, 713-714-0126,
HoursFor reservations at International Smoke Houston please contact us 713.714.0126. International Smoke accepts reservations up to 3 months in advance. Additional dates are released the first day of every month. To be the first to hear about available reservations, become a MINA Insider .
Large Party Contact
International Smoke – Houston can accommodate your party, large or small and can host special events for either lunch or dinner and is available to reserve in its entirety. Our Event Manager will assist in seamlessly planning your special event.
For event information please contact the Event Manager at Events-Hou@internationalsmoke.com or 713.714.0126.
About Chef Michael Mina
Chef Michael Mina is the founder of MINA Group, a San Francisco-based restaurant management company specializing in creating and operating upscale, innovative restaurant concepts. Chef Michael Mina’s accolades include James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage” inductee in 2013, Bon Appétit Chef of the Year, Food Arts Silver Spoon Award Winner, San Francisco Magazine Chef of the Year, and International Food and Beverage Forum’s Restaurateur of the Year. Operating since 2003, MINA Group currently manages 32 restaurants including MICHAEL MINA in San Francisco and Las Vegas; RN74 in Seattle; PABU in San Francisco and Boston; THE RAMEN BAR in San Francisco; BOURBON STEAK in Miami, DC, Scottsdale, Glendale and Santa Clara; STRIPSTEAK in Las Vegas, Miami Beach and Waikiki; BARDOT BRASSERIE in Las Vegas; PIZZA & BURGER in Miami Beach; LOCALE MARKET and FARMTABLE KITCHEN in St Petersburg, Florida; THE HANDLE BAR in Jackson Hole; THE STREET: A MICHAEL MINA SOCIAL HOUSE in Waikiki; and MARGEAUX BRASSERIE and PETIT MARGEAUX in Chicago. For a complete list of restaurants please visit http://michaelmina.wpengine.com.
About Ayesha Curry
Ayesha Curry is a New York Times best-selling cookbook author and host of ABC’s The Great American Baking Show and Ayesha’s Home Kitchen on Food Network. She recently launched her meal kit company, Homemade, and her much anticipated eponymous line of cookware and bakeware just launched at retail nationwide. Ayesha was also recently announced as the newest face of COVERGIRL. Ayesha lives in the Bay Area with her two daughters, Riley and Ryan, and her husband Stephen Curry.
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