A recent dining experience at the newest Steakhouse in The Woodlands, Robard's, was enjoyable.
Our selection for the appetizer was the crab cakes. These were some of the best that I have had in a while. Large chunks of Blue Crab and Grilled Avocado with BBQ Butter made them wonderful.
I had the wedge salad,, which included Roquefort dressing, cherry tomatoes, red onion and real bacon that was freshly sliced and served on a chilled plate. I prefer chunky Blue Cheese for a proper wedge.
My true test for all steak houses is the filet mignon. I chose the 12 oz. cooked rare with a hard sear crust. If any of you remember Del Friscos on FM 1960 and the filet that they served, this filet was very similar, and in a word, was "outstanding".
My wife had the New York Strip, which was very average, and not up to my quality standards. The sides (Pan Roasted Mushrooms, House Au Gratin Potatoes and the Baked Potato) were all very nicely prepared.
One of the unique features was the option of the style of steak knives that I was given from a wooden selection box. Nice touch!
The atmosphere was nice, but a little on the Country Club ambiance design. We sat in one of their meeting/private dining areas and not in the main dining area that features a fire place, maybe they were still decorating.
Our waitress was extremely knowledgeable of all of the menu items and suggested the Chilean Malbec wine to complement our steaks. It was a good choice and a decent value. I would suggest offering a few French and Italian wines to their primary Californian wine list.
In this Foodie's opinion, there is still only one restaurant in The Woodlands that gives the full dining experience from entrance to exit, Perry's Steak House. Robard's will need to decide which direction it wants to go - Country Club or Fine Dining. It will be difficult to wear both hats.
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Guest Foodie Author, Ray Ward