On a recent trip with a friend, we started our meal with a shared salad of Roasted Beets, frisée, la peral, candied walnuts and sherry vinaigrette. The beets were tender and the la peral (a lightly blued and rare mixed milk cheese from the village Illas in Northern Spain) gave an added creaminess to this light salad. There were crisped (possibly fried) beets resting atop the salad, which added a crunchy texture to the mix. All the elements sang in harmony. For entree we split two items. The Papperdelle & Vegetable Ragu with porcini, spinach, grana padano, ricotta and calabrian chile is a wonderful example of a vegetarian dish that makes you forget it is vegetarian. The house made pasta was luxuriously wide and tender, the mushrooms added that "meaty" bite and the sauce tied it all together. The second entree we split was the Chicken Shawarma with cumin tomato sauce, z'hug, house made pita, cucumber, red onion, cilantro and potato chips. The pita bread was so soft and pillowy, and the chicken was very tender with a serious combination of spices and flavors that would seem impossible to find outside of the Middle East. And those house made potatoes were thick, crunchy and unbelievably addictive. For those interested, read about previous experiences at Fino here and here. Although the restaurant scene in Austin seems to be ever changing, Fino is a stalwart fixture that is anchored to its perch just west of campus. (Cathy)
2905 San Gabriel Street Austin, TX 78705
Brunch: Sunday 10 am - 2 pm
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-4pm
Dinner: Mon-Thurs 4pm-10-ish, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30-ish
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 3:30pm-6:30pm ($2 off Tapas & Cocktails & 1/2 off All Bubbly)
Every Tuesday Fino offers 50% off Paellas from 5-7 pm and 25% off from 7pm - Close
This feature is part of the Citygram City Guide partnering with Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide, available February 27. Be sure to reference both while dining in Austin.