I have been fortunate to have dined at Foreign & Domestic a handful of times. It is one of my favorite spots to eat these days, because the food is so artfully prepared and carefully sourced. The restaurant, located at 306 E. 53rd Street, is comfortable, fairly casual and has a great neighborhood feel, that keeps me wanting to return, time and again. Last week, a friend and I went for dinner.
We started with the Parmesan Gougeres.
These are very light and airy, yet packed with delicious, melt in your mouth cheese flavor.
Our next dish, was the Beef Heart Tartare. Beautifully prepared and delicious.
I had the Blue Bonnet Baby Greens Salad, which was lightly dressed and accented with Marcona Almonds.
I was torn between the Olive Oil Poached Steelhead Trout, and the Wagyu Steak, and opted for the Steak. It was served with Orzo and a Soft Egg, in Ham Hock Broth, and topped with Bacon. The Egg was a perfectly delicate balance to the full flavored beef. It was fabulous.
The entire table next to us had ordered the Trout, and I really hope to get back and try that while it is still on the menu. It looked amazing, as well. My friend opted for the Stinging Nettles Fettucini, with Favas, Yellowfoot Chanterelles, and Baby Octopus. I tasted her dish, and it was amazing as well.
I love Foreign and Domestic, and would eat anything on the menu. The food is delicious and Ned and Jodi Elliot are really nice folks to boot.
Recently, a group of Austin Food Bloggers and Foodies got together to hold a bake sale to benefit the victims of the Japan Earthquakes, and Foreign & Domestic generously donated their space for one leg of the sale. And now, Foreign & Domestic is offering a $40 for a cause menu in addition to their regular menu, to benefit the Japan relief efforts of Doctors Without Borders. A portion of the proceeeds from the $40 three-course menu will be donated to the charity. This menu will be available through April 29th, excluding Sunday Brunch. (They are closed April 24 – 26th for Easter).
If you haven’t tried Foreign & Domestic yet, I highly recommend it. I’ll be back, very soon for that trout dish, and hopefully everything else on the menu at some point!