An excerpt from our current issue of LOCALE Austin
When we found out that four Austin restaurants were going to be featured on a new BRAVO TV series, we knew we were going to cover it in LOCALE Austin. In order to give these restaurants the attention they deserve, we knew were scheduling an epic journey through Austin’s Best New Restaurants, stat. I love my job.
All of us at The Shannon Schmitz Group have an ongoing love affair with Austin’s incredible restaurant and bar scene. Our food and drink offerings run the gamut from food truck to fine dining (sometimes both at once), and we are fortunate to have some truly world-class artists in our kitchens and bars.
We’ll be sharing our visits to these great local restaurants in our blog as we’re watching the show, which airs on Wednesday nights at 8pm. Read our full epic journey through Austin’s “Best New Restaurants,” in our new edition of LOCALE Austin. Watch the latest episode on BRAVO here. Tonight’s episode features Restaurant Jezebel.
Restaurant Jezebel has a truly unique concept – and when I say “unique,” I mean I’ve never heard of anything quite like it. Neither has the rest of Austin, the surrounding Hill Country and visitors to our fair city, apparently, because it’s really hard to get a reservation. Really hard. Like 6-8 weeks hard. No walk-ins, no bar seating, and absolutely no pictures. So, even now, we await our reservation at one of Austin’s hottest restaurants with much anticipation.
The reason Restaurant Jezebel is small, selective and incredibly popular is that they don’t have a menu. Chef Parind Vora is at the helm of this concept, billed as “couture dining.” What does that mean? Diners at Jezebel each experience a unique meal. The staff discusses likes and dislikes, preferences and tastes with their guests, and Chef Vora creates a meal based on what they like. Seriously! Wine and cocktail pairings are carefully choreographed with each course to perfectly compliment each different taste. “The Jezebel experience is one that you will savor forever.” Wow.
Jackets are required, reservations are a must, and diners have a choice of a Five-Course Dinner at $125/person or Five Courses with Wine Pairing for $250/person. From the website: “Your plate is a playground for exotic game and the freshest seafood, and even the most stalwart of classics is prepared with an unexpected sense of wit and flair for the dramatic.”
Jezebel is competing in the area of “New Service Concepts,” against an LA hotspot called The Church Key. Glancing through some press on the competition, it’s an incredibly cool menu with a concept that involves a service staff roaming the restaurant with interesting dishes for guests to try. Tempting, intriguing, but truly unique? I think Jezebel has a great chance of taking the win.
UPDATE: It was reported on February 4, 2015 that Restaurant Jezebel will be shutting its doors this spring, and The Grove will be opening a downtown location in their current space in May.
Stay tuned for upcoming blogs about our visits to the other 3 restaurants featured on the show, and click here to read the full article. Want to subscribe to the Shannon Schmitz Group’s quarterly magazine, LOCALE Austin? Click through here:
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