Coming to Austin for New Year's Eve 2009, recommendations?
We're looking for a nice NYE dinner in Austin, somewhere in the neighborhood of $200/couple. We've made reservations at Perla's but are open to change.
I got the following in the mail today from Dai Due - http://www.daidueaustin.com/
* * * *
Join us for a New Year's Eve feast at the beautiful Hotel Saint Cecilia, featuring a local menu and wines from around the world. This winter menu will reflect the best that Central Texas has to offer; oysters, antelope, seafood, citrus, fresh vegetables and local cheeses. Shining, fragrant Meyer lemons; field-harvested wild Texas antelope; shamelessly hoarded butterbeans (we've been stockpiling just for New Year's); traditional Italian New Year's sausages (served with the beans for luck and the kale for wealth); fresh flounder; bright Winter herbs; boneless whole ducks stuffed with sweetbreads, bacon, brioche and herbs, then glazed with Guajillo honey and orange; Pola, Pure Luck, Veldhuizen, Wateroak and Full Quiver cheeses; satsuma tangerines and post-coffee chocolates and pralines round out the night. Champagne toasts, too. All wine and live music included, and rooms are still available at the hotel for the night.
Raw Gulf Oysters with Meyer Lemon
Red Snapper Ceviche
with Kale and Cotechino Sausage
Flounder baked in Cabbage Leaves
with Butter and Herbs
Duck Saint Cecilia
Texas Citrus Parfait
Coffee, Mint Tisane
$200 per person, includes live music by the Jazz Pharaohs' Stanley Smith with Lauren Gurgiolo, wine pairings with dinner, and champagne toast at midnight.
To reserve your seats, please contact the hotel at: Lisa.Reile@hotelsaintcecilia.com or call (512)852-2423. Call soon - seats are limited!
Got the email yesterday that if you reserve a table at Uchi for 10pm or later on New Year's Eve, they throw in a free bottle of Prosecco. They are also featuring a mysterious new dessert which I haven't tried but sounds enticing: "Chocolate-Maple-Scotch-Tobacco." Not sure what other special menu items they may be featuring for NYE though. Is Perla's having a special menu?
that chocolate maple scotch tobacco dessert is splendiferous. i could have done without the chocolate sorbet, as all the other flavors were so perfect together.
the tobacco is that the "creamy tube" thing is soaked/infused in cigar-tea. the scotch, maple, and pecans are awesome.
for me, the chocolate flavor in the sorbet was too strong to eat with the other dessert components.
luckily, my dining companion was happy enough to eat all of it.