Bess Bistro, Austin

We just had dinner in the vault of an old building that used to be a bank in Austin, Texas which was converted into the “Bess Bistro” restaurant.  It should be called “Best Bistro”.  The restaurant has a warm & comfy grotto-like feel with exposed brick walls, spanish sconce wall candles, exposed wood beams and booths in little nooks & crannies.  We heard it had an excellent & eclectic menu, a twist on old classics. It did not disappoint.

We started with Fried Green Tomatoes served atop a caper & crab salad, garnished with *sriracha.

My main course was the roasted (line caught) Gulf red fish served with grilled mushrooms and braised leeks, finished with a meyer lemon beurre blanc.  It’s one of their signature dishes and the waiter’s #1 favourite.

Don had grilled Texas quail served atop a bed of sautéed green French lentils, crispy fried Swiss chard and a balsamic fig reduction.  Both excellent!

The table next to us started with a share plate of Mac & Cheese au Gratin which looked delicious so we ordered a plate for take-out.  I must say its every bit as good as the one we had at Mango’s (on Lac Masson, Montreal North) and that one was the best.

Interesting tidbit: Actor Sandra Bullock is the sole owner & eats there quite regularly when she’s at her combo shop/bakery across the street.  It’s nice to know she has the integrity to offer exceptional food & ambiance to the customer.  Impressive.

*not sure but whatever it was it was a nice addition to the fried green tomatoes (it was also one of my all time favourite movies).


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