Being escorted into Bastion‘s new restaurant space feels like being escorted into an exclusive club, and we were beyond thrilled to score an invite to experience it first-hand. Less than five months ago, Bastion opened under the ownership of Strategic Hospitality and Chef Josh Habiger as a self-described “casual watering hole” with craft cocktails, punches, beers and wines … and some of the finest nachos we have ever enjoyed — and you don’t even have to be three sheets to the wind to think so. Tucked inside Houston Station, in a space formerly home to the American Syrup & Preserve Company, the bar is a welcome addition to the growing Wedgewood Houston neighborhood.
Now, after much scuttlebutt about a phase two of this watering hole, Bastion has successfully embarked on their new culinary venture with the addition of a 24-seat dining room. Patrons are welcomed into the 1,000-square-foot space through a sliding door found behind the Bastion bar. Inside, Habiger has been hard at work since the restaurant’s opening in late May creating ever-changing menus that showcase seasonal and inventive fare. Upon first glance, the menu reads more like a puzzle or a bingo card, but upon closer inspection you will see the menu is composed of various dish sizes (indicated by the price point) that cover everything from veggies and grains to meats and seafoods with the last line dedicated solely to desserts.
After our experience, we must recommend you go as a group of one, two or three to be seated at the countertop, which will grant you an open view of Habiger and his team at work. Overlooking the kitchen, these are the best seats in the house. Despite the constant shuffle of the kitchen staff, which consists of only a handful of culinary masterminds, everyone is willing to take a breather and share insight to the menu and their culinary creations. As a party of three, we opted to order a breadth of options to share (pork rib + delicious, oyster + cucumber, raw beef + peanut, peas + verbena, cobia + elderberry, chicken + dumplings and all three of the desserts!), and all were anything but ordinary.
Bastion — a must go Nashville experience!
Head to Wedgewood Houston and experience Bastion for yourself. The address is: 434 Houston Street, Nashville, TN. They are open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m., and the adjoining bar opens at 5 p.m. Parties of one to four are seated at the countertop on a first come, first served basis, and parties of four to six can make a reservation by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations for group dinners open every Wednesday at noon for the following week and are scheduled in the order requests are received. More details.
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