Chef Luis Roger brings modern Spanish cuisine to Houston’s Montrose neighborhood with the opening of restaurant, BCN. Patrons will be in for a storied gastronomical journey and a first, Texas taste of modern Spanish cuisine. The significance of the name BCN, which is the three-letter abbreviation for the city of Barcelona, is two-fold. First, it is a reference to the birthplace and culinary training ground of chef Luis Roger and owner Ignacio Torras. Secondly, it is a nod to the style and spirit of the authentic and contemporary Spanish cuisine that will be offered at the restaurant.
Set in a charming and intimate, 1920s era home in the heart of eclectic Montrose and steps from the renowned Menil Collection and the University of St. Thomas, the restaurant was designed by San Antonio-based architect and designer Augustin Orozco. The crisp, white plaster entrance, which is accented by bright orange window awnings and a custom, burnished copper sign is evocative of the modern architecture prevalent in Spain today and complements the original, period details of the building. Inside, the museum-white walls set the perfect backdrop for original works by Miro and Picasso.
The opening menu represents an amalgamation of Roger’s best dishes and an array of items created specifically for Houston and BCN. The result is a reflection of tastes, ideas, ingredients, and techniques acquired from the time he was a youth and cooking traditional Spanish food with his family, to the many impactful experiences he has had as a chef.