A friend and I just checked out the Cyclone Amaya that just opened (a couple weeks ago) in Addison on Beltline and Montfort and were THOROUGHLY impressed.
The decor is warm and inviting...lots of contrasting wood, metal sculptures and unique lighting. loved the way the place is set up..the bar is near the entrance with some leather booths surrounding it...a nice dining room with white table cloths...the kitchen is open at the back of the dining room...very inviting and comfortable.
We started with the queso appetizer...Our waiter, Ivan, suggested adding mushrooms or spinach to the queso....we chose some spinach and munched on the warm chips and salsa while we waited. The salsa here is excellent. Deep red with cilantro and just the right amount of heat. Queso arrived...glad we chose the spinach...it was SO good. Creamy and not too thick....addictive.
The prices here are not bad....we expected much higher just based on the decor and the part of town we were in. I think the most expensive dish was $24. ...I chose the Tacos Al Carbon while he got the Pollo Jalisco.
My dish was HUGE. There is enough meat in each taco to easily make *2* tacos. It arrived with a side of black bean soup (you had your choice of beans)...mexican rice, guacamole, sour cream, cheese and pico. I chose chicken fajita (again, you have your choice) the meat was grilled and tender. Very large portions, easy enough to share. I could only eat half a taco (but that could be because i gorged on the Queso...lol)
His pollo Jalisco (described as A large chicken breast sautéed in our special cilantro butter, topped with mushrooms, chipotle peppers and our chardonnay cream sauce. Served with Mexican rice, beans, avocado slices and grilled vegetables.) was HUMONGOUS. I swear it was the biggest chicken breast I've ever seen. The chicken was so tender it almost melted in your mouth....
Desert was probably the highlight of it for me. I'm usually not a huge desert person. They offer a "chef's trio"...you choose three of their desserts, and they are brought to you on one plate, smaller in portions, but large enough to share. We chose the tres leches, carrot cake and flan. Put it this way.........i would have licked the plate clean. Probably one of the best tres leches i've had in a LONG while...and the carrot cake wasn't the overly sweet kind you usually get...the frosting was sweet without being overpowering, and the cake was moist! The flan was thick and smooth....covered in a caramel sauce. All of their deserts are made IN HOUSE.
Ivan, our wonderful waiter, made us feel right at home. He explained everything, and also offered up that you can add/remove anything to almost every dish they offer...you can even have shrimp rellenos if you like. He kept our drinks filled and they also do the box-ups of left overs tableside, which i LOVE.
They currently have 5 locations. Three are in Houston, one is downtown Dallas and then the newest one in Addison. They are also opening one in Ft Worth soon...
Let me know what you think...i hope the food and the service are as good all the time as they were tonight.....it's nice to see a restaurant opened the right way.