Update 12/27/2016: Prelog’s is now sadly closed. You can read more Austin content here.
360 Nueces St & W 3rd St
Austin, TX 78701
A few weeks ago, I dined at the newly opened Prelog’s European Restaurant and Bar as a media invitee from Taster’s Table Club, a dinner club service that recently launched in Austin. For a membership fee, Taster’s Table Club gives members a selection of participating restaurants each month to choose to dine at with other members. These monthly dinners occur on the third Tuesday of every month. Each restaurant will seat up to 12 diners from the collective together, making the monthly dinner not only a culinary event but also a networking and socializing event!
Dining with Taster’s Table Club at Prelog’s was such a great dinner experience. I walked in not knowing anyone at my table and walked away feeling endeared to my table-mates and also to the chef and staff of Prelog’s. The night felt harmoniously orchestrated from the food and service to the fun dinner banter.
The banter was facilitated by cocktails made with Dripping Springs Vodka. The cocktail helped turn strangers into friends.
We started with two appetizers. Chicken liver pâté and brussels sprouts. So I’m curious, how do you feel about pâté? I find people generally either love or hate it. I myself love it. I grew up with it being slathered in Vietnamese sandwiches.
Pictured above and below is the gorgeous Sweet Potato Soup. Get a load of that presentation! Throughout the whole meal, I felt like I was experiencing fine art. There were bits of grapefruit, prawn, and coconut in the soup. If I had to pick a favorite from the night, it would be this soup.
Prelog’s fish and chips might be my favorite fish and chips I’ve ever had and I’ve had it many times in London! Hidden underneath is a peas and vinegar remoulade sauce that went very well with the flaky goodness of the fish.
The dining table conversation fell into a hush when we tucked into the short ribs over polenta root vegetables and under brown butter foam. The hush was punctuated with seconds of happy sighs and murmurs from my eating partners. If I wasn’t too busy having a personal moment of pleasure, I would have been tickled by the sight of us.
Of course the apple tart is served on an palette like plate because it was truly a work of art. And apologies for driving the pun further, but it was not only pleasing to the eye but also to the palate.
In short, Prelog’s takes great care of not just the diners in terms of service but also in the quality of their ingredients and execution of their dishes. I felt like I was feasting with both my taste-buds and my eyes. Thank you Taster’s Table Club for making it possible for me to try the newly opened Prelog’s!
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