Houston, TX 77002 (832) 319-6675 www.andaluciatapas.com
0429 — After giving a call to Pico’s Restaurant and learning that they ran out of soft shelled crab for their tacos, I was left having to locate a place for lunch, so I referenced my list of places that I want to try. The quick search brought me to Andalucia Tapas Restaurant and Bar. Located in the Houston Pavilions, parking was definitely going to be a pain but parking a couple blocks away is ok with me. As we walked up we saw a decent amount of traffic coming and going into the restaurant with mostly nearby office workers making the rounds inside. We waited a few minutes before being greeted and seated which should have been the first sign of things to come. We chose to sit at the far left rear booth normally reserved for 6 people, but since we were on the back end of the lunch crowd they were more than happy to seat us there. A couple of quick photos later and water and bread came along. As I dipped my bread into the oil I noticed something very distressing, a completely oily, dirt smuged plate in front of me. Luckily a waiter was making his rounds cleaning tables and adding new plates, I was able to swap the plate out fairly quickly. A few moments later the waitress came over and we placed our order after some recommendations.
Patatas Bravas (Fried spicy cubed potatoes with aioli)Exactly as described, some small cubed potato pieces with aioli on top. quite good, but then again I love potatoes.Bocata de Puerco (Roasted Pork Tenderloin, and roasted pear chutney)The sandwich used the same type of bread as they give out for appetizers and was a bit too thick for my enjoyment, the pork was nothing memorable and underwhelmed me, the accompanying bean based soup with chorizo bacon on top was the highlight of the dish.Bocata Andalucia (Serrano ham, chorizo, mozzarella cheese and roasted peppers)Katie ordered this dish and like mine, she was underwhelmed by the taste and texture of the dish and opted to give the other half to a homeless person as we walked around the pavilions.Empanadillas de Res (Beef tenderloin ragu in a puff pastry shell with a veal demi)As much as I love empanadas at other places such as Mi Luna and meat based pastries such as the ones they offer at Reggae Hut, the empanadas here were just bland, they were unsuccessful at reviving the flavor by adding more and more sauce that appears on top of the dish.
2.5/5:Lack of service, flavor and taste make for an extremely underwhelming experience at Andalucia Tapas Restaurant.