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19 June 2013

Tapas Without Sangria...no, no! - Mi Luna (Houston, TX)

Tapas and Sangria go together like peanut butter and jelly--right?  At least they do in my mind.  It was a hot summer day in Rice Village and all I wanted to do was have some good food and drink with my favorite men L.D. & JD.  We decided to visit Mi Luna which is rated as one of Houston's number one tapas spots and had a bitter-sweet experience.  Although this wasn't my first visit to this restaurant, it was my first time trying their sangria.  

Not so great sangria

The sangria was watered down and just flavorless.  JD said that it isn't typically like that so I will just have to take his word for it.  I will visit Mi Luna again because I enjoy their tapas but I will pass on the sangria!  Maybe the mojitos and margaritas are better but only time will tell.

On a more positive note, some the tapas are worth a tasting and others are not.  Below is a sampling of some of the Hot Tapas:

Maruno a la Parrilla

Grilled lamb chop with wild mushrooms and couscous topped with demi glaze.  I liked this dish but it had a tad too much sauce.

I love my lamb but next time go lighter on the sauce!

B'Stilla

Moroccan chicken pie with cinnamon almonds wrapped in phyllo dough.  This was really good.  It had a very interesting taste and I was a fan of the texture. 

Almonds and cinnamon make all the difference


Caracoles con Champinones

Escargot and mushrooms in white wine cream sauce.  I love my fair share of snails but this dish was a little bland.

I like my snails to have a little bit more flavor

Empanadas

Beef tenderloin tips and potato on a bed of wild mushrooms.  This is one of L.D.'s favorite dishes.
Mushrooms on this dish have a little heat to them

Championes al Ajillo

Mushrooms sauteed in garlic, onion, parsley and fresh lemon.  Because I am a mushroom lover, I am a fan of these.  They have a little kick to them.

Calamares Fritos

Lightly breaded fried squid with spicy tomato sauce.  L.D.--who just so happens to be a calamari aficionado--said that the calamari is nothing to write home about.
Not worth it


Croquetas de Pollo

Chicken and saffron rice croquettes with basil pesto, roasted bell peppers and alioli.  These were fantastic.  I tried to eat just one but failed miserably.
These are worth fighting for



My overall view of Mi Luna is this, what's good is good and what isn't good is either okay or bad.  There are so many items on the menu, I have not even scratched the surface.  I still recommend going and finding your perfect tapas combination but make sure you stay away from the sangria!

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