A group of friends celebrated a birthday and booked a table in the back room. I had not been to this location since it was the previous restaurant Zoot. The renovations were well appointed in a black in white, elegant theme. However, the restaurant did not feel pretentious. It was a comfortable atmosphere. And, while we dressed up because we were celebrating a birthday, there were many patrons dressed in business casual or even blue jeans and baseball caps. It felt Austin chic. There is seating outside under the trees that would make for a lovely al fresco dining experience.
The service was wonderful. The servers answered numerous questions and were prompt in serving the table. They leave a bottle of water on the table so that you can refill your glass as needed, but they also came by to refill our glasses.
We ordered the escargot in garlic herb butter and broiled breadcrumbs. It was cooked to perfection. (We used the bread to sop up all the garlic herb butter.) The Metzger board with chicken liver pate, wagyu tartare and country terrine was also well done. Two of the individuals in our party had not had these delicacies, but were highly impressed with their flavor. It was a good introduction to these foods for a novice.
I ordered the schnitzel and spatzle with cream mushrooms. It was the best I had eaten in Texas. Another ordered the Dewberry Hills chicken with quinoa and braised greens. Again, it was exceptional. For dessert, we ordered crack pie with hooch cream and chocolate mousse. They were the perfect ending to a wonderful meal.
This is a hidden Austin gem. Great service and food in a lovely atmosphere at a very reasonable price.
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