We were seated near the front of the restaurant in the "alcove" that holds two tables. Our server, Aaron, was very affable and eager to answer any questions. We learned that the menu is broken into five sections: greens, street to table (the popular items found at the trailers), plates, shareables, and the sweet life. It is encouraged that dishes be shared, and items come out of the kitchen as they are ready, mostly one at a time. Our starter was the Charred Brussels with bacon jam, parmesan, and lemon oil. This was a favorite dish and one I would be happy to order again. The light acid from the lemon oil, umami from the nutty parmesan, and the tangy, savory bacon jam elevated the earthy sprouts and melded quite well together. And the texture of the sprouts were spot on. My husband was compelled to order the Bacon Jam Fries with green onions, sharp cheddar, fried egg, and chili aioli, because, apparently, you can never have enough bacon jam. It was delicious, if not a little over-indulgent. The few bites I had (I was trying to pace myself) were great. The fries were crisp, the egg was perfectly cooked (with a lovely runny yolk) and the bacon jam was working its magic.
Next up was the Tres Cauliflower, which (as the name suggests) contains 3 types of cauliflower: grilled cauliflower, nori cauliflower puree, peach pickled cauliflower, with nori butter. The cauliflower was cooked to just the right degree, but the flavor profile was more nuanced than the previous dishes, so it paled in comparison. I wonder if there was just too much cauliflower and not enough additional components for contrast. The entree we shared was another favorite. The Malaysian Laksa Bowl with plump poached shrimp, Japanese noodles, curry seafood broth, bean sprouts, and a 45 minute egg. We were back on track with delightful layers of flavor and great texture. The shrimp were appropriately cooked and the broth was complex without being showy. After all of that you would think we would be satisfied, but my husband was curious to hear about the dessert offerings. He ordered the Asian Movie Night, which consists of popcorn ice cream (a special in-house recipe that is reminiscent of Mexican vanilla), Asian caramel, and rice puffs. The ice cream was very creamy, rich and flavorful and paired well with the puffed rice and caramel.
The interior here is very smart and easy on the eyes. Simple white washed tables with white painted Windsor chairs are situated throughout the space. There are white bead board walls, scored concrete floors, interesting light fixtures and pops of bright orange, melon and taupe accents. The bar is located near the kitchen, opposite the patio, and has seven or so very comfy looking bar stools. There is an eight-top communal table between the bar and the patio which features an impressive portrait of Lady Bird on one end. The entire space is simple, yet well thought out. Overflow parking is available at BBVA Compass Bank after 5:00 p.m., two doors north of the restaurant. The patio is dog friendly when it is open. Social Hour (a.k.a. happy hour) occurs 5:00-6:00 p.m. daily. I am looking forward to a return visit to try more of The Peached Tortilla's Asian/Southern fusion menu. It's a great addition to the neighborhood.