Food & Beverage
April 7, 2023

Chef Chris Kinjo Doubles Down on Autry Park


As seen in Eater Houston

Fans of chef Chris Kinjo and MF Sushi in the Museum District have not one, but two new restaurants to look forward to dining at, as the lauded chef announced he will open MF Lobster & Ceviche, and Annam, a French-Vietnamese restaurant and wine bar at Autry Park this fall. 

The area is already home to Hanover Autry Park, a luxury residential tower, and has been garnering lots of buzz for its highly anticipated restaurant openings, including Berg Hospitality’s Turner’s Cut and Annabelle’s, Lick Honest Ice Cream, and Auden, all slated to open this year. Kinjo’s news adds further intrigue of the fast-growing development.

“We love the Autry Park area, working with the team at Hanover and Rebees, and the bespoke aspect of the project,” said Kinjo. “We wanted to be a part of what we feel like is a special development to the city of Houston’s dining scene.”

Kinjo collaborated on the MF Lobster & Ceviche menu with his longtime chef partner of 23 years, Miguel Alvarez. As its moniker suggests, the spotlight will be on fresh lobster, delivered daily from Maine, and a variety of ceviches. Alvarez will take the reins with multiple lobster-heavy dishes like lobster tacos with mango salsa and avocado aioli, lobster with brown butter and chive, and lobster ravioli made with hand-made pasta. Ceviche offerings will evolve based on seasonality of ingredients, but will be built with — you guessed it — lobster, among other gems from the sea like halibut, shrimp, scallop, and swordfish.

Steps from the pod, Annam will open on the ground-level of the Hanover Autry Park residential tower in a slightly larger space with 56-seats, a 16-seat bar, and covered patio. The name pays homage to the precolonial era when Vietnamese was referred to as “Annam.” Here, Kinjo and managing partner Dung “Lang” Nguyen bring Vietnamese-style tapas with French flair using globally-sourced ingredients.

MF Lobster & Ceviche and Annam will open at Autry Park in late 2023.

Read the full article in Eater Houston.