Update 12/27/2016: Finn & Porter is now closed.
500 E 4th St
Austin, TX 78701
Several weeks ago I was invited to Finn & Porter to a media tasting and I remain impressed by their service and Chef Peter Maffei’s execution of the menu. What follows is some of my favorite bites from a lovely night. Thank you, Finn & Porter!
Chicken Liver Pâté, sourdough bread, red onion marmalade
I grew up eating pâté, sometimes plain with just bread and other times as a spread in a banh mi sandwich. I think I smile every time I see pâté on a menu; I definitely smiled while eating this.
Pan Seared Scallops, with shaved brussel sprouts, warm bacon dressing and Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with red pepper celery salad
That crab cake was generous with the crab and slicing into a perfectly cooked scallop is one of my favorite pleasures in life. You cover that scallop with warm bacon dressing and you get pleasure on top of pleasure.
I brought Sugarface to this tasting and he isn’t the greatest fan of foie gras but this was his favorite dish. I claimed most of that beautifully seared piece of foie gras. They also used foie gras in the roux of this pot pie. Decadent and comforting, this pot pie was un-foie-gettable.
Trio of Roasted Beets with goat cheese and pistachio
Beets and goat cheese, a tried and true combination.
Grilled Gulf Shrimp over citrus, fennel, macadamia nuts salad
With confit grape, kohlrabi, pearl onion, and sherry jus, this quail was uniquely prepared. They used parts of the quail to make a quail sausage and stuffed the quail breast with the house-made sausage. It was also a treat not have to handle tiny quail bones.
Sea Bass with baby bok choy and roasted mushroom broth
This sous vide sea bass was my favorite entrée. The broth was light with just enough flavor to tantalize and draw you in for another taste. The sea bass flaked perfectly.
If you find yourself roaming the street these days of SXSW and are looking for a quiet cocoon in downtown, come give Finn & Porter a try!
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