For a recent trip to Austin, I picked out Barley Swine as one of the places I wanted to try. They only do a tasting menu presentation, and a friend of mine who lives in Austin would be joining me for the dinner. They have their own online reservation system, and it was easy enough to make a reservation for the desired date and time. They gave me a seating choice when making the reservation of sitting at the counter or a table. I, of course, chose the counter. The restaurant is located a little south of downtown Austin and tucked away unassuming in with other small buildings.
The restaurant is not very big. Waiting for us with our place settings were the menu summary and the wine list. They showed selected wine pairing for the meal. For the wine, we selected a bottle of the 2013 St. Paul GFLL Sauvignon Blanc.
The first dish was a chilled glass with tomato water gel, tomatoes, buttermilk snow, and a little smoked trout roe. This was a cool few mouthfuls, with the roe providing something firmer to bite into.
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