Houston, TX 77005
This vibrant and bustling Rice Village eatery is known for tapas, potent sangria and a sexy, young clientele.
Perennially packed on weekend nights, this Rice Village staple boasts a varied crowd and simple, Spanish-style decor. Tables interspersed around the spacious u-shaped bar have the best vantage point for the small stage. Coveted high-backed wooden booths are perfect for groups.
The generous menu is dominated by Spanish cuisine and the occasional Moroccan dish (in honor of owner Youssef Nafaa who also runs the popular Mia Bella and Saffron). For the full effect, mix and match plates of varied flavors from the hot and cold tapas selections. Try Serrano ham with Manchego and fresh fruit, flavorful empanadas or large sea scallops grilled with a tomato sherry wine sauce. The Spanish tortilla is like a dense, oniony potato omelet while paella Mi Luna is loaded with seafood, chorizo and chicken--enough for the whole table to taste. Supplement gaps between orders with warm bread and garlicky olive oil dipping sauce.
The wine list is surprisingly varied and affordable, and always a good accompaniment for a tapas meal. For a twist on traditional sangria, try Mi Luna's signature sangritas (margarita mixed with sangria).
Sunday brunch (served 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.) is popular and includes a wide selection of tapas, an omelet station and bottomless mimosas, champagne and sangria.