What can you tell me about Mullberry?
- chispa_c Jul 13, 2010 07:14 PM
I did a search on Chow and didn't see hardly anything about Mulberry. I did a search on Yelp and found tons of stuff. Has anyone been there? What did you think? I love good atmosphere, great food and great wine. Will this place satisfy in your opinion? Thanks Chowhounds.
I think the atmosphere and food are very strong. its pretty small, but if you go solo or with one other you can usually slide in somewhere without too much difficulty. the plates are small and high end but when I have been they usually mostly deliver. I'm not a big wine geek, but those I've been with that are seem to find stuff they dig. the service is super friendly and the chef, zach produces a lot of punch for such a small kitchen.
This was a regular spot for me for a bit. should get back over there.
The brunch is decent. the staff is solid, the space is tiny, and there are a few outdoor tables. I send friends more often than I go, but they've always been happy.
Old school hound NAB speaks from the wayback machine:
"No website, chef, but I did make it here last night for a few slurps and nibbles (do you happen to know a stripper named Slurps? I'd like to meet her).
I will love this place on sleepy weeknights. Excellent wine list with plenty of by-the-glass choices and the grub menu looks mighty tasty, with a few small and simple snacks, salume, and entrees that go beyond the nibble-line. The salmon sashimi, while under the mains section of the menu, is more of a nibble. Expensive nibble clocking in at $14 bones, but delicious nibble nonetheless. Four good slices of salmon get bathed in hot garlic oil and topped with black sea salt and fried capers (I'm sucker for fried capers). All of the nibbles coming out of the bathtub-sized kitchen looked and smelled great, except for the truffle-oil laden bread appetizer which my nextdoor nibblers ordered -- you know bad truffle oil when you smell it.
On the other hand, the perfumey prosecco was terrific, also enjoyed a decent rioja and a silky delicious red minervois.
Not sure why folks are raving about the space's design. Nothing really that interesting about the design to my mind, but it's a nice clean (tiny!) room tucked away in a corner of downtown.
Word of the day: nibbles. Use it as often as possible."
I finally got around to trying Mulberry yesterday, when I needed to hide out for a while until traffic got a bit saner.
It is tiny and there's not a speck of soft material other than the napkins, which means that when it starts to get full it will be as loud as 747 taking off. Be ready for that.
I was there during happy hour and I remember them as having only 8 wines by the glass - 3 red, 3 white, and 2 sparkling. Maybe you got a different menu?
I tried the meatballs on the happy hour menu, and frankly I'll take the suppli or the polpette at Vespaio Enoteca any day. The Mulberry meatballs were a bit undercooked - pink in the middle. Maybe that was why I had some seriously painful gut rumbles later that night. They were not toothy enough for my liking; they were so soft that if I were blind I might not have been sure they were meat. And as they soaked in the sauce they got softer, until the last one was more like eating boiled oatmeal than meat. In my opinion the combination of ground beef and white wine/lemon sauce did not really work. What should have tasted like beef came out tasting like chicken picata. The cheese grated onto the meatballs was so overwhelmed by the sauce that I literally couldn't taste it at all. The smell of the sauce was so strong I could not detect any smell of meat.
On the good side, the malbec and the bread with the meatballs were GREAT. I also tried the white Bordeaux and it was pretty good.
Final note: my bill for two glasses of wine and 4 meatballs came to $30 and change. And that was at happy hour prices.
1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Best burger in town. Only drawback is the bread is a ciabatta which is tough to tear off for a bite when you have hot fresh fried egg flying in your face. The devils on horseback (figs wrapped in bacon) and the foie burger is good too (30% foie gras, 70% beef).
I'm sold. I only hope the 3 of us can find a place to sit. It does sound like it's a very small venue.