Launderette

My Austin daughter had been wanting to dine at Launderette for awhile now, so we made this a priority when planning our dining for the week.  So we met at Launderette, located at 2115 Holly Street,  for our Thursday night dinner reservation…

As you can see from the photo, they (I toasted with my water, lol) began our dinner with a cocktail…

Here is what they chose…

Front left: American Pharoah with rye whiskey, all spice, lemon, orgeat, and ginger beer

Front right: Top Button with aged rum, Swedish punch, Cardamaro, orgeat, and lime

Back: Mezcal Negroni with mezcal, Cappelletti Apertivo, Cocchi Rosa, and orange bitters

All seemed to enjoy their choices.

Before we move on to the food, I wanted to talk a little bit about Launderette’s interior decor.  I’m not sure what I was expecting here (perhaps washing machines, dryers, dollar -to-coin exchange machines, lol) but what I found there was a slightly retro, but pretty normal looking dining room and bar area…

Anyway, on to our food choices…

We started by ordering three of their “Snacky Bits” (which at first glance, misread as “Snakey” bits and wondered, “What?!?!)  So here are the three “snakey” bits we shared, lol…

Crab Toast with fennel aioli, avocado, and caper-mint vinaigrette on semolina bread

Burrata with brown butter apple puree, fennel, pine nuts, pomegranate molasses, and grilled focaccia 

And the last one was so pretty that I took several photos…

 

Pastrami Salmon Toast with herbed cream cheese, pickled cipollini, and hot mustard on pumpernickel bread

All three of these were good.  My favorite was the crab toast, but their were other favorites among our group.

We then ordered three entrees, two of which were from the “Wood Grill” section of their menu to share.

 

Whole Branzino with sliced almond, preserved lemon, and herbs

 

Hanger Steak with preserved lemon yogurt, red chimichurri, and quinoa fries

Our third entree was from the Specialties section of their menu…

Pappardelle with pork shoulder sugo and pecorino cheese

I must admit here that I resisted my niece’s suggestion that we order the fish because the menu description was “Whole” Branzino, which meant the head would be included.  But she assured me that she had had this dish here before and that it was worth the awkwardness of looking your food in the eye.  And she was right.  We all agreed that this was by far the best of our three entrees.  The hanger steak and pappardelle pasta dish were both just okay, nothing special.  But this mild, white fish with the slivered almonds, lemon butter, and herbs was perfectly cooked and delicious.

We also ordered two sides from the “Vegetable” section of the menu…

Sticky Brussel Sprouts with apple-bacon marmalade, pecorino, almonds, and pickled apple

 

 

Potato Pave with russet potatoes, gruyere cheese, cream, and poblano bacon relish

The potato dish was pretty good but I didn’t like the brussels sprouts.  They tasted burned to me.

And last we ordered a trio of desserts…

 

Grapefruit Cremeux with Campari fluff, cilantro, candied fresno, and avocado sorbet

Each of the components of this dessert eaten separately were nothing special, but when you took a bite which included all three then it was good.

My favorite of the desserts though was the…

 

Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse with Fernet Italian Liqueur & Cola Cake, Peppermint Patty Candies, Maldon Salt, Cherries, and Mint Ice Cream

This was very good.  I especially liked the chocolate mousse.

For our third dessert we ordered Launderette’s signature…

 

 

 

Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwich

I think my daughter was the only one that really liked this.  The “ice cream” part of the sandwich tasted more like raw cookie dough than ice cream.  So if you are a fan of raw cookie dough (like my daughter) then you might like this.

So overall we gave our dinner at Launderette a rating of 4 stars, the same as Yelp reviewers.  While the service was very good and there were a few food hits (including the fish), there were also a few misses.  However, Launderette fared better on Trip Advisor with a 4 1/2 star rating and ranking of #75 best of all the Austin restaurants reviewed there.  Yelp reviewers ranked it even higher at #20 on their top 1000 list of best Austin restaurants.  

 

 

 

 

 

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