While spending the afternoon dining at a new restaurant, it is a feeling of surprise to realize you’ve been missing out on something so special, surrounded by a staff that works together to make the experience unforgettable. The atmosphere at Brio, in itself, is enough to put a smile on your face.
The patio overlooks a lake where the Woodlands Water Taxi passes by throughout the day. The view is beautiful, with lots of fluffy chairs to relax and enjoy your stay. There are tables lined up on the side patio, overlooking the lake, for those preferring to dine outside.
After being seated, the manager came over to speak with me about Almost Veggie Houston. She made me feel very welcome, with conversations that were effortless. She seemed to do her job with ease, not carrying herself too seriously, as managers sometimes do. Her demeanor was inviting, very approachable, almost as though she was meeting us for lunch. I felt like asking her to be my friend!. Aww…
The resort type atmosphere is calm and friendly, with a classy vibe. The dining room is open, with nice lighting, lots of windows, and a complete view of the kitchen. Servers can be seen stocking the bar, delivering food & drinks, simply helping each other run a smooth shift. Our server was attentive, with detailed knowledge of the menu items, as well as specific ingredients.
The chef surprised us with the Bruschetta Capresse appetizer, which consists of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano, over dried roma tomatoes, cilantro pesto & a balsamic drizzle.
This appetizer portion was generous, but we ate every bite. The combination of ingredients tasted fresh & flavorful. Go balsamic! I could eat this app every day.
The chef suggested the special, Fresh Fish Del Giorno. Lightly blackened Tilapia served with gnocchi, tossed with roasted peperonata & topped with a scampi butter sauce. The peperonata went exceptionally well with the Tilapia… a delightful suggestion and a fabulous daily special.
My friend ordered the Seared Shrimp with Orzo, which consists of spicy shrimp with grilled asparagus, zucchini, tomatoes, and lemon vinaigrette. Lots of veggies with shrimp grilled to perfection.
After our entrée, we ordered Black Raspberry sorbet! The two scoops of sorbet were light & sweet… a refreshing palate cleanser after our meal. A perfect ending to a scrumptious lunch.
The manager, Tonya Mahan, was open to helping us have the most enjoyable experience possible at Brio, and it showed.
I enjoyed meeting Chef Julie Gutierrez… a talented woman & a girl with power in the kitchen… Amen Sister!
FIVE: High 5!
FOUR: Please & Thank You
TWO: Double Wow
ONE: Wow + Ouch = Wouch
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