Mi Luna is Fun Tapas Restaurant & Bar in Rice Village
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Mi Luna is a Spanish restaurant in Rice Village which is a unique shopping center in Houston near Rice University, Hermann Park and the Texas Medical Center. Specialty boutiques plus some name brand retailers as well as a variety of restaurants can keep people happily engaged in that 16 block area of town.
Most people familiar with that part of town simply call it The Village. It has a small town friendly vibe and dates back to the 1930s.
From the Medical Center I accompanied my good friend and fellow OR nurse to church services at Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church several times for services. It was not too far a walk. I did not yet own a car when I first moved to Houston back in 1969.
Now most of my artwork is represented at Perimeter Art Gallery which is a stones throw away from that church in Rice Village. They will soon be updating their site with respect to showing more of my artwork.
Years ago my husband and I traveled to Spain. We actually got to see the opening ceremonies at the Summer Olympics. That was a treat! We have many lovely memories from that trip. Madrid, Toledo, the Island of Mallorca and of course Barcelona where the Olympics were held was on our travel schedule.
Some of our memories include eating the delicious Spanish food. So we were eager to try out the tapas at Mi Luna.
When ordering from the extensive menu the first thing that is brought to the table is a basket of sliced bread with a delicious olive oil infused with garlic and herbs. It is complementary and appetizing.
One of the first things we sampled in Madrid was fresh grilled sardines.
Prior to going to Spain a good friend had loaned me his book titled Iberia by James A. Michener. It was a fabulous read. In addition to describing different sites Michener also mentioned local foods he had enjoyed in various parts of Spain. One of them was sardines. He fondly recalled eating sardines several times.
Most of the sardines I had ever eaten had come out of a can. It is a night and day difference eating them freshly caught and deftly prepared as we had while in Spain.
The sardines at Mi Luna are good but much smaller than the ones served in Spain. However it brought back good memories! They are marinated and grilled with lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and topped off with a medley of bright colors and flavors.
The photo above shows the sea scallops which are grilled and served in a bowl of a tomato sherry wine sauce. It was delicious. The bread at our table was good to sop up extra sauce. The sauce was too good to waste!
We always like sampling and comparing fried squid from one restaurant to the next. The nice thing about tapas is that they are meant for sharing! If dining alone a complete meal could be made of one tapas or two depending upon one’s appetite.
The Lombarda al Chorizo is a Spanish sausage. It was served with caramelized onions and spicy potatoes. It is a rich and satisfying plate of food.
The Queso dish pictured above was described as baked goat cheese in a tomato basil sauce. It is served with roasted garlic bread.
It was a winner! Our good friend Pat likes goat cheese as much as we do. We have served it in different recipes over the years and she has served it in her home in different guises. I know that she would enjoy this. My husband really loved this preparation and called it his favorite of the day.
Obviously any thoughts of a low carbohydrate diet were squelched that day!
The video above is one of several I found showing entertainment at Mi Luna. From Wednesday to Sunday live music is performed including Flamenco dancing on a raised indoor stage.
Mi Luna opens every day at 11AM. From Sunday to Wednesday they remain open until 10PM. Thursdays they close at midnight. Fridays and Saturdays they stay open until 2AM!
Mondays through Fridays their happy hours extend from 3 to 7PM with $3 tapas and $5 glasses of sangria and margaritas according to their website.
The wait staff is very friendly and accommodating. All in all this is a fun place with good food and atmosphere in a great part of town. The address is 2441 University Blvd., Houston, Texas 77005.
Sadly, this restaurant is no longer operating. If they reopen their doors in another location, many of their long-time patrons would undoubtedly follow them and be happy to dine with them once again. I will try and keep you posted.