Las Canarias Chef, Camron Woods, has a Cool Menu Planned for the Hot Summer
The dog days of summer have arrived in San Antonio and Las Canarias Chef Woods is ready to face them head on with his new menu. Las Canarias is an elegant restaurant serving fine-tuned New American cuisine for the discerning palate. Located inside the Omni La Mansion del Rio, patrons here will be treated like royal guests by the attentive staff. This AAA 4 diamond restaurant is first class all the way with its white clothed tables, fine table settings and beautiful views of the San Antonio River. Whether you dine on the patio under the palm trees watching the river flow by or in the cool, inviting dining room, expect to be wowed.
Chef Woods brings his southern cooking and knowledge of world cuisines into the food he prepares. Also present are the fresh ingredients from local farmers, ranchers and artisans. Camron sees the food scene here as quickly evolving into so much more than just Tex-Mex. So he has designed his new summer menu around a fresher, lighter more contemporary cuisine.
Sharable starters on the menu include:
Seared diver scallops served on a puree of cauliflower and accented with capers, smoked bacon & golden raisin relish.
Sauteed spicy gulf chili-lime shrimp with roasted garlic atop a grilled rustic bread.
Roasted Texas quail breast stuffed with foie gras, hill country figs and huckleberry jus.
Sliced smoked Virginia country ham with burrata cheese, local melon and drizzled balsamic.
Chicken fried oysters over a root vegetable slaw in a cognac sauce.
Enjoy what I consider the “best” Margarita on the River Walk and maybe all of San Antonio, made with top shelf ingredients, while munching on a couple of sharables.
My five course meal this evening begins with a Heirloom tomato salad with fresh mozzarella, house-made bacon crisp and basil semifreddo, a basil ice cream. This dish really makes a beautiful presentation with bright colors of the tomatoes and basil. And the flavors of the dish are fresh and lively. The basil semifreddo was a complete surprise adding a delicious twist to this classic salad.
The pan roasted gulf grouper is a mild fish making the king trumpet mushroom the perfect accompaniment by giving it an earthy taste. The savory butter braised napa cabbage with a light truffle chicken jus anchored the dish.
The third course of roasted Maple Leaf Farms duck breast offered up thick cuts of medium rare, juicy duck breast served alongside a wonderful toasted corn cake, butterbean puree with dried cherry jus. The dried cherry jus was a tart, sweet addition that complimented the duck beautifully.
Beef lovers will swoon over the duo of angus beef plate which is a combination of petite filet mignon and red wine braised short rib. This dish is not what you would expect. The short rib meat is “off the bone” goodness that is tender, juicy and slightly sweet. It’s finger licking good without having to lick the fingers. The filet is tender and cooked to order. This dish comes with sweet potato puree and cipollini onions.
Be sure to order an excellent wine from the restaurants extensive wine list with dinner!
The dessert course is meant to bring out the kid in you. The chocolate “pb&j” is a chocolate mousse cake with dark chocolate drizzled over it with a piece of peanut brittle on top. The cake is served with concord grape ice cream made in-house. Enjoy a rich cup of coffee with this one.
This Las Canarias chef seems to know just how to please because he certainly pleased us tonight.
Las Canarias does a champagne brunch on Sunday which is the perfect ending to a get-away weekend.
**Full Disclosure: I received dinner in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% mine.
112 College Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205