Restaurants & Bars

Americas - The Woodlands (report)

geegeeTX | Jun 14, 2008 11:10 AM

I have dined here twice since its opening, and I really am impressed with how it's coming along. The first visit was rather early, a 6PM reservation. Our waiter's accent was very thick, and he was quite soft-spoken, so we were glad it was early and not loud. We started with the empanadas and they were delicious (as usual, the presentation was beautiful). Four empanadas to split, perfect appetizer. There was a rabbit one, a yucca one, a spinach one, and a kobe beef one - very interesting flavors and nice sauces to go with each one. Main course - I went with the Huachinango (Snapper) with risotto and lump crab meat. This was a very rich dish, and it was just what I wanted. The portion of fish seemed quite large, and I could have easily been fine being served half of what I was given. My husband had the achiote rubbed tuna. He enjoyed it, but also thought his portion of tuna was too much to eat for one, and that the meat could have had a little more of a 'kick' to it. We skipped dessert, and headed to the bar upstairs for a cocktail. The bar is one of the coolest spaces I have ever been in on this side of town. The restaurant is beautiful, and although our waiter seemed a little inexperienced, we had a nice time.

The second time we went to Americas was with friends from Florida who came for a visit. We were seated in the darkest room with black walls, with these lights that were shining right in our faces nearly the whole night (we moved our chairs a bit, and got out of the 'spotlights'). This reservation was for 7PM on a Saturday night. To say it was just loud would be an understatement - deafening would be more accurate. I was actually hoarse the next day from having to yell at my dining companions who were seated right next to me (I will ask to be seated anywhere in the restaurant EXCEPT this room on future visits). We had a bunch of things to start off the night. The empanadas again (perfect!), calimari (love the wasabi cocktail sauce!) and the lobster ceviche (wow!). Everyone went with the Churrasco for the main dish, except one friend who had the Snapper dish (and he, too, though it was a huge piece of fish for one person). I did not even need a knife for my meat - it was flawless, and cooked to a perfect medium. The side vegetables were very fresh and tasty, and the wild mushrooms were to die for!! Dessert was Tres Leches and smoked chocolate cupcakes with dulce de leche buttercream icing. The Tres Leches was the best I've ever had. Sadly, the miniscule cupcakes sounded better than they tasted - dry as a bone, no smoke flavor at all, and the icing was a faint afterthought. They have also have a nice wine list. Our waiter this night was excellent, nonobtrusive, and very knowledgable about the menu. We will definetly return. Its nice to *finally* have a restaurant in this area that is actually worthy of a hefty bill!

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