Austin, Texas might be better known for its wide array of barbecue and taco joints, but the food truck-friendly city also has a number of fine dining restaurants worth paying a visit.
The Driskill Grill lives inside the boutique hotel of the same name, which was opened in 1886 by cattle baron Jesse Driskill. The Zagat-rated old-school steakhouse is the type of classically glamorous establishment that could serve as backdrop for the romantic denouement of a Hollywood movie. Handcut steaks – including a to-die-for wagyu beef ribeye cut – are grilled to perfection and served with banyuls chimichurri, aged sherry demi-glace and maldon sea salt. Steamed mussels and a divinely inspired cheese and charcuterie plate serve as perfect intros for the meal, and a robust wine menu will satisfy even the most particular drinker in your party.
Few experiences can rival the kaiseki-style meal presented by Chef Yoshi at Otoko, which to describe as a “sushi restaurant” feels far too pedestrian. “Kaiseki” essentially refers to a traditional multi-course Japanese meal, prepared using select seasonal ingredients. The establishment itself inside the South Congress Hotel is gorgeous, and features only 12 seats for a truly intimate dining experience. Prepare for a three-digit price tag and wear comfortable pants.
This article is an updated version of a story created by Anna Carruth.
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