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Congress

200 Congress Ave. (Second St.) Send to Phone
512-827-2760 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Chef David Bull turns out artful presentations that complement his bold flavor profiles.
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Congress Restaurant Review

: Chef David Bull, formerly of Driskill Grill and most recently Bolla in Dallas, returned to Austin to orchestrate the opening of an ambitious triple-establishment affair. The crown sophisticate is Congress, replete with crystal chandeliers and white lounge chairs that invite a lengthy stay. In a city proud of its casual image, Congress ups the ante quite a bit. Nonetheless, Bull knows this town, and pipes in classic rock music lest the proceedings go too black-tie. Choose from a three-course menu or a fixed seven-course tasting menu, which changes nightly. The three-course has some recurring staples, and several options in each course. Some creations are redux classics, such as the beef tartare with fried oysters, kimchi, steamed rice and black bean paste, or white lobster bisque, decanted tableside. Less conventional, the tĂȘte de cochon reinvents head cheese sans aspic in favor of a wickedly good whiskey-bacon marmalade. Innovative desserts have included sweet potato beignets with salted butter ice cream, pecan brittle and toasted meringue. The 500-plus-bottle wine list has a pairing for every bold course Bull offers. While one could easily spend four digits on a couple bottles of wine, there are also some values under $50.

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