We really wanted to try something new. I have been reading about the “HOT” new restaurants in Austin, and Swift’s Attic kept showing up. After calling the establishment, it was recommended to show up early – we did, and as always, Marc’s ROCK STAR parking place was waiting for him, less than a block away.
Swift’s Attic is on Congress Avenue, situated above the Elephant Room Jazz Club. It is not a huge place, but it gives the illusion of space with clever décor and lighting.
The menu is set up like tapas – lots of small plates to share, in various categories: appetizers, salads, fish, protein and dessert. They recommend 3-4 selections per person at the table. Here is how our adventure transpired:
Since we are behind on our blog entries, I will do my best to remember as many details as possible (unfortunately the menu online is not the same as the one we selected from that evening, so I have no reference there).
We started with two appetizers:
* Charred edamame with chili oil and poprocks. I loved the smoky, grilled flavor of the edamame with the heat of the chili oil. The salt/poprock mixture (served in a separate dish), however, did not cling to the pods very well, so that was a little awkward. I did have to smile when they would come by frequently to empty the bowl that filled with edamame shells.
* Serrano Ham “dumplings”, wrapped around some kind of cheese, and served with the thinnest slivers of heirloom tomato and a beautiful basil pesto. I hope I got that right. Our server insisted that we get a little bit of everything in one bite for the “full” experience of flavors. This held true through out the evening will all of our dishes. Definitely yummy.
Salad: * Grilled Romaine lettuce with avocado dressing and sweet corn.
* Quail with blue cheese grits, spiced nuts (almonds?) and a cherry demi-glace. I know I am not remembering all of the details here, but I do remember Marc and I licking the plate clean on this one – delicious!
* Antelope steak with chimichurri accompanied by pomme frites and tarragon yogurt sauce. This was my first time with antelope. It was a little chewy for my liking, but great flavor. What blew my mind on this plate was the yogurt dipping sauce. It was yellow, almost looked like a mustard, but with a surprisingly delightful, light texture and flavor. If I could ask for ONE recipe from everything we ate that night, this would be the one I would beg for. I am so NOT a mustard/ketchup/mayo girl, but I could get use to having this condiment on my plate.
* Popcorn and a Movie. How could I resist a dessert with that name? The first words that come to my mind are CLEVER, CRAZY, FUN! Little pieces of housemade chocolate candybar and salted popcorn gelato served on a plate sprinkled with caramel popcorn and little dribbles of rootbeer gel (not sure of the spelling on that one). I smiled from first to last bite!
We both agreed that there was much to admire about our meal and the restaurant. OK, so we were the oldest couple in the place until about 10 minutes before we departed. It looked to be a popular spot for groups of same-sex friends and young professional couples. It is also a very short drive to East End Wines, which is open until 10:00pm Tuesdays-Saturdays. Yes, we made a stop on our way home to pick up a few bottles of a wine we fell in love with recently that they recommended to us on a previous visit. We should do an East End Wines entry soon J.