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Monday, January 11, 2010

New restaurants open in Houston Pavilions

The downtown Houston Pavilions has announced new restaurants opening - III Forks Steakhouse, Andalucia Tapas Restaurant and Bar, Mia Bella Trattoria and Yao Restaurant and Bar:

The four new restaurants include two concepts from Houston restaurateur Youssef Nafaa - Andalucia Tapas Restaurant & Bar, which offers traditional Spanish dishes, and Mia Bella Trattoria specializing in hand-made pizzas and other Italian fare.

Andalucia Tapas Restaurant & Bar serves up great food, music and entertainment. The menu includes traditional Spanish paella, hot and cold tapas, as well as selected Spanish wines from Rioja to Carmona. The weekends bring live music and Flamenco dancing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Mia Bella Trattoria is the fourth location of this Houston favorite, serving lunches and dinners of traditional Italian cuisine with regional American twists. Wine lovers will find an extensive list of well-priced offerings, while those seeking a cocktail will find a full spectrum of classic recipes and creative mixings that set the bar menu apart.

From the family of Houston Rockets superstar Yao Ming comes Yao Restaurant and Bar, which offers an eclectic mix of Chinese dishes as well as a fresh sushi bar. Along with its extensive menu of traditional Chinese favorites, Yao Restaurant and Bar creates more than 30 sushi rolls, sushi, sashimi and sashimi appetizers. The bar mixes special Houston Rocket's inspired drinks such as Long Shot Ice Tea, Slam Dunk Sling and the Reach-in Lychee Martini.

III Forks Steakhouse, a sophisticated concept from Fort Worth, offers elegant surroundings and a robust Texas-French menu that showcases U.S.D.A. Prime steaks and fresh seafood. The menu includes hearty portions of pepper steak, sirloin, bone-in rib-eye, pecan-crusted Idaho trout, and Dover sole, as well as an impressive wine cellar with varietals from around the globe.

This is none too soon considering that place looks pretty empty. I think when the economy improves this place could be a great entertainment and restaurant hot spot though. It was a victim of bad timing.

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