Elevate Your Experience South American Food with a Twist

Essentials Kitchen

We provide a unique concept with a blend of South American and Texan ingredients

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Our Menu

Our mission today is the same as it’s always been, That everyone who chooses Essentials Kitchen has happy memories of our services, values, and quality of food. Most of our items are gluten free and cooked from scratch.

Unique seasonal dishes round out the menu, this hideaway creates a diverse lunch and early dinner dishes with South American flair. Relationships with local farmers and a focus on ingredients are a driving force for Essentials Kitchen

Choose Arepas, Corn Tacos or Tostones Served with quinoa and kale tropical salad

Group 3@2x


Made of white cornmeal, water, and salt, the dough is formed into a patty, grilled, baked, split open and stuffed with a variety of ingredients like a sandwich. 

Group 4@2x


Twice-fried plantain slices commonly found in Latin American cuisine and Caribbean cuisine. Most commonly known as tostones


Tenderloin, chimichurri, pico de gallo


Fried sweet plantain, queso fresco, avocado crema, Essentials cilantro sauce

Texas My Way

Braised brisket stew, cotija cheese, arugula, Essentials cilantro sauce


Coconut chipotle chicken, coleslaw, jack cheese


Shrimp, avocado, mango, arugula, chipotle aioli


Braised short ribs, avocado, pickled papaya, jalapeño


Slow-braised pork leg, chipotle-guava BBQ sauce, coleslaw


Gluten free pastas available upon request add $1

Conchiglie Balsamico

Shell Pasta, sauteed chicken, balsamic cream sauce and asparagus

Rigatoni in Salsa Rosata

Tomato and cream sauce, prosciutto, mozzarella and basil

Linguine allo Scoglio

Shrimp, bay scallops, mussels, calamari, spicy tomato sauce, balsamic cream sauce


Shell pasta, shrimp, bacon, red grapes, scallions, alfredo sauce

Rigatoni Bolognese

Ground beef, carrots, celery, onions, and tomato stew

Soups & Salads


Kale, salmon, mango, almonds, grana padano, honey vinagrette


Grilled chicken and quinoa salad. arugula, crispy bacon, hardboiled egg, avocado, cotija cheese, grape tomatoes, honey mustard vinagrette

Chupe de Pollo

Venezuelan chicken potato, fried cheese arepita chowder, corn

Appetizers Drinks, and Kids Menu


Japanese green tea strawberries and basil
Japanese Green Tea mixed with natural mangoes and passion fruit
Tizana mango tea with red fruits & kiwi
Water / Soda
Apple Juice
Passion Fruit
Café Latte


Essentials Poutine

French fries and smoked gouda cheese topped with a short ribs, gravy

Home made Chips

Plantain chips, Essential cilantro sauce

Arepita Frita

3 Fried Arepitas stuffed with chicken, avocado and cilantro sauce salad

Croquetas de Yuca

Cheese and yuca fritters stuffed with goat cheese with Essentials cilantro sauce


Fried cheese sticks wrapped in dough

Camarones al Ajillo

Shrimp, garlic, butter, sherry wine, and jalapeño pepper, grilled baguette

Black Bean Hummus

Black beans and tahini puree, cheese fried arepitas

Kids Menu

Pasta with tomato sauce
Pasta Alfredo with chicken
Chicken Quesadilla
Grilled Salmon with Veggies
Essential Fries
Grilled Chicken with Veggies


Beef, golden raisins, olives, hard-boiled eggs
Spinach, dates, manchego
Chicken stew, jack cheese

Wednesday Night Tapas

Meat | Carnes

Jalapenos and Bacon

Jalapenos stuffed with goat cheese and chorizo, wrapped in bacon


Seared lamb chop, yuca succotash, salsa criolla

Croquetas Cremosas

Creamy croquettes of Serrano ham, piquillo sauce

Seafood | Pescados y mariscos


Pickled white anchovies, olive oil, black pepper, toasted bread, guacamole, and grape tomatoes

Gambas al Ajillo

Shrimp, garlic, sherry wine, jalapeno pepper, and butter

Ensalada de Atun

Grilled Ahi tuna, hard-boiled egg, yuca cake, onion, celery, and kalamata olives

Veggies | Vegetales

Croquetas de Berenjena

Eggplant, blue cheese, and pine nuts.Honey chipotle

Tortilla Espanola

Traditional Spanish Omelet, potatoes, and Spanish onions

Patatas Bravas

Crispy potatoes, salsa brava, piquillo pepper, pimiento and garlic aioli

Dinner Only

Grilled salmon, cauliflower rice, chimichurri
Tenderloin Skewers, yuca succotash, sweet plantain, Chilean pebre sauce
Chicken Cordon Blue, black bean rice, sauteed kale, Huancaina sauce
Luis Transparente crop

Remarkable food starts with impeccable ingredients. We go the extra mile to source only the finest flavors. We believe that the love you put into making something can be tasted.

Contact Us

Your opinions are important to us. Whether it is a simple question or a valuable suggestion. You can call us by phone or email us directly.


(832) 437-4305


2731 FM 1463 #800
Katy, TX. 77494

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