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Chef Ivan Perez Laracuente

Fusing international flavors to create a one of a kind taste experience! Mi Luna Tapas Restaurant & Bar is beyond pleased to bring to your plate the exquisite work of Executive Chef Ivan Perez Laracuente. He brings a rich assortment of experience and expertise. Chef Ivan discovered his love for cooking at his mother's side in Puerto Rico. Even as a child he was inspired by the way flavors could be combined to bring joy to family and friends. From there, his curiosity for the complexities of international cuisine led him to travel and grow his culinary vision, developing his own unmistakable style and techniques featuring Caribbean flair fused with the exotic tastes of Spain.

Prepare yourself to discover unique flavor combinations of rich, ripe produce such as mango and pineapple, as well as southwest favorites cilantro, chiles and avocado, joined with the likes of serrano ham, manchego, gambas, and azafran flavors. Then to make your dining experience unforgettable, Chef Ivan will pair the perfect wine to complement his menu. Formally trained in Culinary Arts as well as Hotels & Restaurants, Chef Ivan has gathered his wealth of knowledge and brought it across the ocean to our very own Houston, Texas, and now to your table at Mi Luna Tapas Restaurant and Bar.

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Mi Luna Tapas Restaurant & Bar

Mi Luna Tapas Restaurant & Bar opened in March of 1998 in Rice Village. The name “Mi Luna” was inspired by a popular song and movie titled: "El Toro y La Luna" or “The Moon and The Bull." It's a story about love's true devotion that we try to honor in our devotion to serving the best Tapas and Spanish inspired food in Houston.

Near the tallest mountain in Spain, a bull fell in love with the moon. From his cercaos where the bullfighting occurs, he could gaze upon the reflection of the moon in a nearby pond. Every night, he would call Mi Luna to the shimmering vision in the pond, desperately waiting to hear it call back. Finally, the bull could take no more. He busted free of his enclosure and raced for the pond. Reaching the pond, the bull howled in despair at finding his love, the moon, was not in the pond but rather floating in the sky. His love undiminished, the bull ran up that nearby mountain to be closer still to his love. After that, every night the bull would break free from his cercaos and run up the mountain to watch over his love, Mi Luna, as she floated through the night sky.