1200 Louisiana St.
we dined at the top of the Hyatt tonight at the Spindletop. even though we arrived 2 hours before our reservation, they sat us right away (they told us they were completely booked which is why we had such a late reservation to begin with, but when we arrived, about half of the tables were empty).
we started off with the crabcake with chipotle remoulade and mango salsa. the crabcake had a ton of crabmeat in it(very nice! not much filler).
the seared tuna wasn’t very impressive. the pan seared tuna was served with lime wasabi, fried tortilla stack and passion fruit sauce.
the avocado dome is the appetizer the Spindletop is known for and so we actually ordered this first and was told that they were out. After our other 2 appetizers came out, the waiter brought out an avocado dome on the house (he said they were able to put one together).the description said it would be served with lump crabmeat but I think they filled it with some sort of cole slaw with a bit of crabmeat.
the seafood paella is the signature dish and is served with Maine lobster, black mussels, clams, chorizo sausage, shrimp and fire roasted corn.
the porterhouse steak was the special of the night. the member of my party that ordered this dish asked for medium rare and when he cut into the steak, it was well-done. he wasn’t going to complain tho because the restaurant had given us a free avocado dome, but the waiter happened to be walking by when this happened and told us that he had already placed an order for another porterhouse steak and took the well done one back to the kitchen. sadly, this porterhouse steak did not arrive until everyone else was done with their entrees. but at least the new steak was medium rare!
i had the sea bass and let me tell you, this plate sang! it was amazing! the pan seared sea bass was cooked in a lavender-lime reduction. it was cooked well and was light and flaky to the touch. this poblano jam (purple mashed potato looking stuff) was amazing! it tasted great and was slightly sweet.
joe had the filet mignon which wasn’t the most tender of filets i’ve ever had but was ok. the filet mignon was prepared in a demi shallot glaze. it was served with texas roasted goat cheese which was crunchy.
our table received a free strawberry shortcake because they had messed up the porterhouse steak order. the shortcake was delicious and accentuated the strawberries.