Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Foreign + Domestic (Fork it over, Austin! - Part 2)

Not nearly enough hours after our delicious first lunch in Austin, it was already time for dinner, and this promised to be a big one: Foreign + Domestic, a small restaurant just under two years old that has already picked up a number of accolades. We were supposed to meet up with a few Austin food bloggers and photographers who helped add contributions to Tasted Menu prior to our public Austin launch, but unfortunately only one of our expected guests was able to make it. Well, more food for us!

First, we split nearly the entire appetizer section of the menu ("bites"):

Beef Tongue Pastrami
Squid with Chorizo and Ricotta
Soft Egg and Clams
Blue Bonnet Baby Greens
Potted Iberico Lardo
Cornbread with Onion Bacon Butter
Beef Heart Tartare
All of the dishes were fairly ambitious, incorporating a large number of ingredients, many of them on the daring side. The beef heart tartare was a big hit, although none of us was able to get through more than a few bites due to the richness and rawness. The lardo was the least liked of the bunch, although the nutella-and-radish toast on the side was an interesting touch. I was surprised to find that I liked the soft egg and clams the best, despite not being especially interested in eggs or clams. It was full of delicious Chinese sausage and other pig preparations.

Then we moved onto the entrees ("chomps"):

Papardelle Pasta with Lardo, Soft Egg, and Truffle Butter
Gnocchi and Chicken Thigh Ragout with Onions, Purple Carrots, and Red Wine
Roasted Wild Sturgeon with Apple Puree, Dill, Almond, and Verjus
Mine, the pasta, was heavenly with the earthy flavor of the truffle butter. My one complaint? I found a few significant chunks of egg shell attached to the soft egg.

Not that we had space left for anything else, but we went on to order the entire dessert menu ("sweets"):

Chocolate Cashew Tart with Blood Orange Sorbet
Apple and Cherry Strudel with Ginger Ice Cream
Lemon Cake with Prosecco Gelee and Caramel Ice Cream
The standouts of the desserts were the prosecco gelee, the ginger ice cream, the blood orange sorbet, and the crust of the strudel.

I should note that the service was friendly, and I appreciated the very detailed descriptions our waiter gave us of each item. The restaurant's ambiance was fun as well, noisy but cozy.

Well, that's it for our first day in Austin. I'm uncomfortably full and exhausted, but I'm having a great time. (One other random note: every cab driver we've had has been ridiculously awesome.) Time for bed. More food and photos tomorrow!

Other posts in the Fork it over, Austin! series:
Part 1: Whip In
Part 3: Caffe Medici
Part 4: Walking Along SoCo and Lunching at Chi'Lantro
Part 5: The Capitol, UT Austin, and Lunching (Again) at Torchy's Tacos
Part 6: Museum of the Weird
Part 7: Uchi
Part 8: East Side King at The Grackle
Part 9: Franklin Barbecue
Part 10: Flagship Whole Foods and My First Green Smoothie
Part 11: Late Night Pizza at Via 313
Part 12: Kebabalicious
Part 13: My Robotic Kitchen Planned This Dinner Party
Part 14: Papi Tino's
Part 15: Annie's Cafe & Bar
Part 16: The Peached Tortilla
Part 17: Cupcake Quest: Hey Cupcake!
Part 18: Arancini
Part 19: The DeLorean, Boxing Robots, and Roller Derby Pillow Fights
Part 20: Second Bar + Kitchen
Part 21: Tia Kelly's Navajo Tacos
Part 22: Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Part 23: Gourdough's
Part 24: The Ice Cream Social
Part 25: Walking to Barton Springs
Part 26: Izzos Tacos

I'm also posting daily recaps on the Tasted Menu blog, FOOD=LOVE:
Day 1: A First Taste of Austin
Day 2: Tons of Tacos, Sushi at Uchi, and a Late Night Trip to East Side King
Day 3: Early Morning Barbecue and Late Night Pizza
Day 4: Globetrotting: Kebabs, Enchiladas, Pommes Frites
Day 5-6: Meeting and Eating

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