Monday, 20 December 2010
After 2 years in Austin I finally decided to visit Parkside and give it a try. Not that I doubted it, I just had other restaurants on my todo list! We arrived and were greeted by a somewhat provocative but not attractive hostess which should seek a dress coach. The design is “industrial”, brick wall, big visible pipes, rugged floors. I liked it.
We ordered drinks and had to send back the blackberry puree cocktail as it was extremely bitter. Drinks are a very personal matter, I will not comment, you might like it.
We decided to splurge and sampled a few items on the menu ranging from comfort food to unusual. We started with the Oyster platter, they were fresh and served with 3 traditional condiments: vinegar and shallot, cocktail sauce (really, who would want that? Don’t even answer!) and finally home made horseradish.
We ordered calamari as a second appetizer, the dish was slightly over-salted but tasted good. I wish that they served the dish with the famous chipotle mayonnaise from La Fonda San Miguel (review to come).
My friend ordered the burger. The burger was well executed if not very creative. The fries were excellent! I decided to try my luck by ordering the Berkshire Pork Shoulder. It is served with Spatzle which is a german type of fresh pasta that my grand-ma used to make and that I absolutely love. I make it sometimes but long for my grand-ma’s. I was therefore curious to taste what the chef would be able to create. It turned out that the Spatzle was well executed, by no means as good as grand-ma’s but good nonetheless, I was pleasantly surprised. The pork shoulder melted in my mouth, it has been months if not more since I last had so much pleasure eating in a restaurant. The meat was perfectly cooked and served in its juice with seasonal vegetables (lots of heirloom root veggies). A very “Fall” plate that I recommend.
Finally we settled on tasting the Chef’s famous mini cinnamon doughnuts. Served warm with brown sugar ice cream and ginger creme fresh, the desert was interesting, pretty good and surprisingly light (a plate for 2 is sufficient though). The ice cream is hopefully made on the premises and if so is mastered by the chef. Doughnuts were a tad dry though!
In all a good experience but do not expect great drinks or outstanding wines.
301 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701