La Condesa

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Chef Rene Ortiz of La Condesa - Austin, TX

400a West 4th street
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 499-0300
www.lacondesaaustin.com
Hours: Mon-Wed 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm; Thurs 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-11pm; Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-11pm; Sat 11am-3pm, 5pm-11pm; Sun 11am-3pm

La Condesa reinvented Mexican for Austinites. Missing are the sombreros hanging from the walls and cheesy enchiladas steaming on the table. In their place, bright modern murals shout from concrete walls, and 2011 Rising Star Chef Rene Ortiz’s equally modern cuisine sings with nuanced flavors and ingredients from the Mexico’s rich culinary diversity. Pastry Chef Laura Sawicki follows suit with sweet, composed meditations on ingredients like beets and hoja santa. Even her flourless chocolate cake—normally a throwaway to chocolate lovers—has deep, dark chocolate flavor, oomph from banana, and a kick of chile spice. La Condesa and her chef duo catapult Mexican food to the realms of refined Japanese and French cuisine—without losing sight of its South of the Border heritage. Equally satisfying are elegant dishes and down home updates like street corn, margaritas, and tacos.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Ensalada de Navidad: Roasted Red Beet, Pickled Yellow Beet, Fresh Hearts of Palm, Hibiscus-Grapefruit Jam, Fried Kale, and Horseradish Aïoli
  • Tacos Arrabicos: Seared Cervena Venison, Pickled Cucumber, Chipotle Harissa, Fennel Pollen Yogurt, and Bacon Fat Tortilla
  • Remolacha Con Coco: Sweet Red Beet Cake, Smoked Hazelnuts, Pickled Beets, Chocolate Mousse, Crispy Ginger, and Coconut Sorbet
  • Spicy Boca Negra: Chili-spiked Flourless Chocolate Cake, Caramelized Bananas, and Brown Sugar-Banana Ice Cream

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