The first meal we have in the Austin Trifecta,@foodcave, Lady Laura and her brother Texas Dennis and of course Foodiechic and myself is at Barley Swine.Barley Swine is part of the Bourdain trail on No Reservations and is the creation of Chef Bryce Gilmore and is a pre-fixed menu of local products and modern and classic recipes with Wine and Beer pairings and yes a reservation is being held for the Gagit Party.We enter this small cozy restaurant see entrance shown above and we feel we are in Texas.
We are seated at one of the hard to get tables and our server tells us relax order some wine or beer and she will take care of rest, even a special no garlic menu for Foodie.I see a French Malbec on the menu by Paul Mas and order a glass as shown but disappointing as was too dry ,missing the fruit that the Argentinian Malbec exhibits.However, also I spot a Turley Zinfadel at a more than reasonable price and the bottle is on the table for all to enjoy, also shown.
The food parade now starts and are all shown above, the first, Chicken Fried Croquette with Cavier, perfect bite , yes.,followed by Cobia crudo with Apple and kifer carbonated mousse ,real Texas flavors:). Another glass of wine and we are served a Shitake dumpling with trout roe and soft scrambled eggs, loving it need more dumplings followed by Roasted beets with carmelized egg yolks, seaweed , and sunchoke chips , I even liked it.Here comes, Beer battered sweet potato, chevre goat cheese, tomatillo and persimmon sauce , flavors on flavors, followed by Mesquite pancake,bacon, squash, apple and toasted hazelnut , all Texas.
We are out of wine and try the beer selection,a 512 Pecan Ale let us down but the next 2 courses did not ,Smoked Lamb Loin, pinto beans, and turnip and Fried shrimp heads with seafood fregola, pickled corn relish and grilled Okra , we could have have eaten a half dozen shrimp heads alone!!! . I now order a bottle of Rochefort Trappists Strong Ale, I know perfect with the rest of the courses, Waygu brisket in mole glaze, sweet corn mousse with cocoa nibs and chimichurri sauce, still not a mole fan , and my favorite Stuffed quail , cornbread stuffing,blue cheese and khorabi puree,pecan corn bread crumble , wowwwwwww.
We are stuffed but dessert is coming with French Press coffee served by our lovely server and a few glasses of Port,Peanut butter mousse, apple sorbet, brioche , powdered caramel and pumpkin custard , aerated milk chocolate,mint gel. One more taste ,Roobis Red tea in liquid form to clean our palates,the meal is now over!!!
Let the Truth be Told,I have been to Oxheart and Underbelly in Houston but Barley Swine in Austin is the clear winner , not only in originality, service, great recipes , perfect atmosphere and at $60 per person for the tasting menu ,a gift from the food Gods. Hurry, it might not last forever!!!