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Hi there!

I'm pretty new to this board, but you all seem to know what you're talking about when it comes to food, so I figured this is the place to ask. :) Has anyone been to that new Spanish restaurant called Segovia in Oak Hill? The menu looks pretty good, and since I work nearby I'm thinking of giving it a try. I'm looking for recommendations on what to get, general experience, etc. Here's their website: http://www.segoviaaustin.com/

Thanks!

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  1. I am looking forward to trying their Suckling Pig, Paella and Catalan Beef Stew
    The first is rarely available in Austin and the second is available at Fino at a much higher price. The third I've never seen available in Austin.

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    1. re: Paul Silver

      Went there for lunch today for the Suckling Pig, but it was not available for lunch, even though the website said it was. Lesson: Call first to confirm your favorite is available.

      I had "Seafood Paella" that the web site said would have "Shrimp, crawfish, oysters & clams with smoked sausage in saffron rice." Mine didn't have the crawfish or oysters. Moist rice and proteins. It was a good dish for the price of $12.

      As an apology for not having the Pig I was offered a free dessert. They had the hard to come by Castillian Hot Chocolate which resembles chocolate pudding that didn't quite set. Sort of a Chocolate Soup and, for me, a wonderful taste and texture.

      I'll go back for the Suckling Pig and Beef Stew and Hot Chocolate. They also have tapas discounted $1 at Happy Hour.

      1. re: Paul Silver

        Thanks for checking it out, Paul. $12 for paella with good saffron souds good. Suckling pig for lunch, I guess, is a tall order in Austin!

        I checked their website again just now - the menu was there before, but now, it says "coming soon." Maybe an edit was necessary. This place does sound interesting, though. I will try it soon......

        Also, I've had a Catalan Bouillabaisse a long time ago that was excellent (it was in Corpus Christi and featured a preponderance of Red Snapper). Sort of reminded me of Redfish Courtboullion, but a bit lighter and less spicy. Wonder if that could be a special at some point?

        1. re: Paul Silver

          Since neither crawfish nor oysters are in season right now, I'm actually happy to hear that they weren't in the paella. That means that they're using fresher seafood and probably not Chinese crawfish. I'm even more excited to try them now, especially after I looked over their tapas menu yesterday. The prices look so reasonable, I almost couldn't believe it. This will make a perfect day trip on a weekend.

      2. this place is great! i have tried the suckling pig & the stew. both were fabulous. the sangria is great (red or white). the bread pudding was wonderful. the prices are unbelievable. we are going back in the next few days to sample the other tapas that we missed on our first two visits.
        enjoy!!!

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        1. re: amyt1961

          OK, I'll ask (again), any idea how "they" dry age "their" steaks?

        2. Thank you for the advice! I will definitely give it a try, the pig and the stew both sound delicious!

          1. Went there on Saturday. It was clear they were slammed as a result of their mention in the Chronicle and they were having trouble all night.

            We had the croquettes and sauteed mushrooms for tapas. They were both excellent. The bread they provided was non-descript spongy french loaf slices.

            We then waited 40 minutes for our entrees to arrive. They forgot my wife ordered a cup of gazpacho so they comped it and my wife said it was excellent. She lived in Spain for year and has high standards for Spanish food. I ordered the suckling pig and my wife ordered the chicken and sausage paella.

            The waiter said they would give us a free dessert because they were taking so long to get things out of the kitchen. I got my suckling pig and there were about four small chunks of meat and a large piece consisting of about four rib bones that was scraped clean of meat and completely dried out. In fact all the meat was pretty dry. I pointed out to the waiter that I barely had any meat on the plate. He apologized and took back the plate. About five minutes later I got a plate piled high with moist roasted pork. This time it was very good.

            The chicken and sausage paella was pretty mediocre. Nothing but chunks from a skinless boneless chicken breast which meant it didn't have the richness that comes from using whole pieces of chicken including the skin and bone. The rice was tasted good but there weren't many vegetable at all in the rice. There were no pieces of crust from the bottom of a paella pan in this paella.

            It had already been nearly two hours so we skipped the offer of a free dessert.

            I'll give them a pass this time because they're a new restaurant. We'll probably go back in a couple of months based on the strength of the tapas, gazpacho and suckling pig (once they gave me a real serving). I would pass on the paella.

            1. went Saturday: meatballs with almond sauce were okay, but bland...would have had much more flavor if the almonds had been toasted as they should have been; tortilla was a disaster: basically a few big cubes of leftover spuds in egg custard baked in a pie pan....ratio of egg to potato was way too high, spuds should be thin sliced and cooked slowly in olive oil, etc; paella was a disaster: tasted like yellow Mexican rice mix, no saffron flavor, no veggies except for frozen peas, dry chicken that looked and tasted suspiciously of Sysco frozen pulled chicken meat, sausage was Ekrich brand garlic and nowhere near any Spanish style sausage, rice was overcooked and long grain with zero socarrat (rice crust)...instead it was plopped down in a large bowl looking all the world like mediocre cafeteria pilaf; suckling pig has zero crunchy crust and the chunks were too big to have come from a true suckling pig (unless this pig had really bad separation anxiety when the weaning part came around)....sauce was orange marmalade with horseradish; Fireman's # 4 came out lukewarm; service was okay, once he saw us; entry needs a screen to block the hot air and sunlight gushing in every time the door opens; floor manager looked terrified and was shaking badly when pouring water; looked like the prices had risen in some cases by 40% over the original posted menu rates (which I fully expected). Overall, if you've never been to Spain, or have never eaten authentic Spanish cuisine, you might like it just fine....if you have, then you'll be disappointed. It's early yet...let's see how they respond to a crowd and if the chef/owners realize that Austin diners are a bit more sophisticated than they thought.
              -eddy

              1. Went last night for the first time. Sat at the bar to wait for my wife and ordered a red sangria and the Spanish cheeses off the tapas menu. Sangria was OK. One of my pet peeves dining out - when you ask the bartender/server for an opinion on a certain item and their response is something to the effect of "I don't really like X but people say it's pretty good". Great.

                The sangria was just OK, but a refreshing alternative on a hot day. Noticed that they have Fireman's 4 and a Live Oak offering on tap (didn't notice which one). There is also a nice flat screen in the bar.

                After a good 10-15 minutes the cheese had not arrived but the wife had so we moved to the dining room. Service in the dining room was very friendly but inattentive. Cheese finally arrives - I believe it was a Tetilla and a Garrotxa and one other one. It was served with a tiny bit of sliced pear and a spongy, lame white bread that was a joke.

                We had the Catalan Beef Stew ($10) and the Suckling Pig ($14). The stew was basically a crock pot creation of beef and potatoes served over white rice. Great comfort food for a dreary day but otherwise unremarkable.

                The pig was not suckling but was very enjoyable nonetheless - generous portion cooked nicely with a smoky flavor and served with a nice piece of skin. Marmalade detracted from the pork.

                The wine list was poor. 7-8 selections of red, two of which are from Texas.

                Will definitely be back to sample the tapas menu and to support the Oak Hill scene, but all in all was just an OK experience.

                1. Disaster. Pa amb was more like bruschetta that instead of being on "grilled catalan bread" was on toasted HEB bread that turned completely soggy under enormous chunks of tomato. Gambas were dry, patatas bravas were both undercooked and drowned in pool of ketchup-y sauce instead of being crisped in olive oil and drizzled with mayo and a smoked paprika tomato sauce, asparagus was nicely grilled but the romesco was, as someone else noted, made from untoasted almonds - anemic. Meatballs were anemic except for a blast of cinammon that was borderline painful. But the server was the best....greeted us with "Can I get y'all a Dr. Pepper or something from the bar?" When I ordered in Spanish she said, and this is pretty much a direct quote "WHOA WHOA WHOA - English please! I'm a white girl, and proud of it. Tex Mex, that's the only Spanish I know....like, enchilada, you know?" Tortilla was exactly as chowmick asserted...wish I read this first. Prices are reasonable, but portions are miniscule - even for tapas. Would take a lot more than a dollar off tapas to get me to return.

                  1. My dining partner and I went on Saturday night, anticipating good tapas. Upon arrival, we were told it'd be about a half hour wait. Wanting to try the sangria anyway, we sat at the bar and ordered a couple glasses.

                    After a little while, the hostess told us our table was ready and showed us to a two-top in the bar that had been empty since we'd gotten there. I said I'd rather sit in the restaurant and she said, "well, this is the restaurant."

                    The menus arrived, and I noticed the prices were higher than the online menu, but it was no big deal - everything was pretty inexpensive anyway. We ordered a veg tapas meal. We got:

                    Cheese plate: two wedges each of 3 cheeses with a couple slices of apple. It was served room temp, which was nice.

                    Patatas Bravas: Like someone else said, they tasted ketchupy. They were not crispy or spicy, and were drowning in their bland sauce.

                    Fried green beans: I know, I know. Not Spanish, but I wanted to try the aioli. The beans themselves were rubbery, and I'm pretty sure they were frozen. The aioli was bland.

                    Sauteed mushrooms: Good sauce made with wine and butter, but the mushrooms were less mushroomy than I'd expected. Were they canned?

                    Grilled tomatoes: The spinach topping was so salty I had to scrape it off, but the tomatoes themselves were tasty.

                    We ordered the tortilla, but were informed they were out of it.

                    For dessert, I was going to try the Spanish hot chocolate. When the waiter came around, I asked him if it came with churros. His response: "What's a churro?"

                    So we shared the bread pudding. It was served moist and warm. The portion was gigantic, more than the two of us could finish.

                    Overall, I wasn't wowed with the meal we had. The portions were generous, but that didn't make up for the bland food. I probably won't be back unless something changes. And I hope something does. They're new, so maybe they're working out some kinks. I would love to have a good tapas restaurant in town.

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                    1. re: chrischris

                      Chrischris,
                      Do you not think that Malaga in the Warehouse district is a good tapas restaurant? To me it is the local standard for tapas and other spanish dishes.

                      1. re: Paul Silver

                        You know, I never even knew it was there. I'm definitely going to check it out, thanks.

                        1. re: Paul Silver

                          Just my two cents - Malaga is not a good tapas restaurant....they have bent their ostensibly Spanish aesthetic to include things like chipotles, and things that look uncomfortably like fajitas...it is the local standard because it is the only option - my hopes for Segovia were to do better...alas....

                          1. re: televiking

                            Four of us went for dinner on Monday evening, We each odered a tapas selection... The only one that scored over 2 stars was the croquette dish. the other two were barely passable.... Two orders of Paella, one seafood, and the other, sausage ( I believe), were also judged barely mediocre. The order od suckling pig, was very small serving consisting of four rib bone with virtually no meat on them, a few slices of fat, and perhaps three tablespoons on meat, but not with the flavor normally associated with roast pig, suckling or otherwise. The prices are low but there's not much to recommend.....

                      2. well, the webpage is back up, and BEHOLD! the price of the tapas has doubled. i was really looking forward to trying this place, and the $4 tapas was a big draw. then came all the bad reviews, then the price increase. yet the entrees themselves don't seem to have gone up. $8 for green beans is still a little ridiculous. anyone know if the quality has gone up along with the prices?

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                        1. re: NirvRush

                          Unless they doubled the size of their tapas, none of the tapas I had deserved an $8 price.

                          1. re: NirvRush

                            I just looked at the online menu and the Tapas prices are still generally around $4. New restaurants make lots of changes just after they open. If you are attracted to the kinds of foods they offer it may be wise to check in occasionally to see how they are evolving.

                            1. re: Paul Silver

                              you're right, they changed AGAIN. crazy. wonder if the $8 version i saw was a mistake, or for the future....or something else. when i checked it on the 13th, all tapas were $8 across the board which was a little shocking. guess i better go check it out before they change again (price roulette?).

                              1. re: NirvRush

                                Someone should tell them to change the prices on the ToGo menu too. The tapas dishes are still listed as $8/each.

                                http://www.segoviaaustin.com/menus/Se...

                          2. You can't try it now, 'cause it has CLOSED. I knew it was coming when they went to "budget" breakfast and lunch specials that had nothing to do with Spanish cuisine. I even emailed the management early on to pay attention and learn from comments on THIS board. They didn't listen.