Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Restaurant Review: Barley Swine (Austin, TX)

For my last dinner with Cory (which happened to be Canadian Thanksgiving!), we made reservations at Barley Swine (YelpWebsite) for their tasting menu. This restaurant is from the same guys at Odd Duck, so I was very excited! The price is also very good at $85 for 14 courses. Here we go!

Really cool interior - casual, but stylish.

Crab, apple, trinidad pepper sorbet

Octopus terrine, watermelon, house-made yogurt, puffed rice with togarashi

Butternut squash soup, pecan curd, bacon - I loved this, but Cory was not a fan (he hates squash, but he still ate it)

Butter poached snapper, radish, pinto miso

Pickles, quail egg

Wagyu beef, garlic chive, avocado - can't go wrong here.

Cured squash, goat feta, cast iron seeds (pepitas, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds), basil oil

Shrimpwurst/shrimp dumpling, mustard greens, pig skin

Roasted duck breast, confit, radish cake, pickled shiitake

Apple, lemongrass gel, butterkin dessert

Salted strawberry newton, thai lime cannoli, candy bar (mesquite, coffee caramel, toasted peanut, belgian dark chocolate). Cory's cannoli was unfilled, and they didn't have any left :(

Sesame candy, beer candy, juniper caramel

Bottom Line: Inventive and tasty dishes, great service. I loved the butternut squash soup, cured squash, lemongrass gel dessert, and thai lime cannoli. A few minor snafus (unfilled cannoli, and wrong drink order), but great value for the quality and creativity! Recommended!

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