Some of you may have seen my article already on Austin Fusion Magazine, but in case you haven’t, I thought I would share here! La Condesa is one of my favorite restaurants in town, so it’s worth spreading the word and it’s definitely worth a visit from you.
If you pass by La Condesa, you will catch yourself eyeing vibrant plates of tacos, ceviches, and tostadas, and a bustling crowd throwing back crafty cocktails. The upscale Mexican cuisine, full of fresh and local ingredients, complements the beautiful modern and edgy interior. It is the place in Austin to surround yourself with good food, drinks, friends and family.
The menu has been carefully crafted for a communal experience. Each dish is meant to be tasted and enjoyed by a few. It is the best way to enjoy the many flavors of the restaurant.
You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but the “Atun Tostadas” are an absolutely must. Light chips are topped with yellow fin tuna, pickled cucumber, crispy shallots, chipotle mayo and habanero mustard. You first get tartness from the cucumbers and spice from the habanero and chipotle. The tuna will start to melt in your mouth as you hit the crunch from the shallots. To this day, I still dream of biting into those tostadas. (not even exaggerating)
You can also choose from ceviches, salads, soups, and huaraches. In Spanish, huarache is a type of sandal. This dish uses masa to resemble the sandal base, and can be topped with pork belly and apple brown butter puree or wild mushrooms and truffle oil. It’s a tough decision, I know.
There is a wide variety of tacos and tortas. Their ‘Pollo Rostizado’ tacos are filled with roasted chicken, citrus rub, salsa verde and cilantro. The citrus rub creates a flavor that you will want to recreate in your own kitchen. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, go for the ‘Arabicos’, a taco with seared venison, pickled cucumber, chipotle harissa, fennel pollen yogurt, and cilantro… all in a bacon fat tortilla.
The Carne Torcida is quite the dish. Picture, ‘Austin taco meets New York Deli’. An herbaceous rye tortilla holds smoked brisket pastrami, pickled jalapenos, horseradish and a slew of mustard goodness.
There are hot plates such as the “Costilla de Puerco”, spicy guava glazed pork ribs, and an “Empanada”, filled with black bean mole and short rib that melts in your mouth. A crowd favorite (and one of my favorites) is the “Chile Relleno”, quinoa-stuffed piquillo peppers, with sunflower sprouts, rajas, and pepita chimichurri. This dish has a savory and warm feel due to the creamy and divine taleggio mornay.
You can’t leave without some greens, of course. Their ‘Coles de Bruselas’, or Brussels Sprouts, are cooked with bacon and grapes, giving you the mouthwatering, salty-sweet combination.
If you miraculously have room for dessert, do not over look the Dulce de Leche. The delicious cake is accompanied by cream cheese ice cream and caramel corn. Your taste buds will be screaming. In each bite, be sure to get some cake, ice cream, and popcorn.
Also, La Condesa has an AMAZING happy hour. If you can bare the crowds, you can enjoy half priced drinks, and discounted a la carte tacos, tostadas and ceviches. Monday-Friday, 5-7pm.
If you are looking for a private space, you and up to twenty guests can dine in the underground historical Flour House. Also, the once popular lounge, Malverde, is now a beautiful party space. It is indoor and outdoor, providing private dining and bar service, with views of downtown Austin. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.