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Eat, Drink, Repeat at Launderette

05.06.2015 by: Travis Sandoval
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Launderette, housed in a converted laundromat, was created by Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki, previously chefs at Sway and La Condesa. The neighborhood restaurant serves Mediterranean inspired dishes with an emphasis on sharing.


Waiting for a table? Hit the patio for drinks like the Bird of Paradise or Breakfast of Champions.

As one of the most talked about restaurants of the moment, you can expect a good wait when you show up. Luckily, nothing beats Austin’s spring weather and a drink. Launderette offers plenty of house cocktails (a mix of original recipes and classics), beer, and wine to get your evening started.


Start your meal off with Snacky Plates like the Burrata.

When it comes to food, you’ll probably want to take a look at the menu’s Snacky Bits first. Surprisingly, these plates aren’t as small you’d expect. During our visit we tried the Burrata, which is a bowl of honey pine nut brittle and olive tapenade served with a slice of focaccia toast. This section features a mix of simple dishes like Potato Chips and the more complex like Chicken Liver Paté. We also tried the Aleppo Prawns and Charred Octopus from the Wood Grill section.


The Wood Grill sections includes dishes like the Charred Octopus and Aleppo Prawns.

If you aren’t a vegetarian, the Vegetables section might tempt you to become one. On our visit, one of our favorite dishes was the Sticky Brussels Sprouts which finds the trendy veggie smothered in apple-bacon marmalade and served with pecorino, almonds, and pickled apples. Our next trip will have to include the Cauliflower Gratin and Grilled Broccolini.


We rounded out our meal with the Plancha Burger, Sticky Brussels Sprouts, and Carmelized Endive

The Specialties section features heartier plates that can serve as main entreés if you’d like. Here you’ll find another of our favorite dishes of the night the Plancha Burger, topped with American cheese, special sauce, pickles, and challah.

A proper group dinner always includes dessert. Try the Apple Pie.

Of course you can't leave without finishing off your meal with a dessert. We tried their creative take on Apple Pie, which includes salted butterscotch caramel, and a scoop of sage ice cream. The sage makes a great balance to the sweeteness of the pie. The rest of the dessert menu seems to balance out flavors in a similar way while still offering decadent treats for those with sweet teeth. 

Unlike other trendy restaurants in town, Launderette even offers a children’s menu with simple dishes like Grilled Cheese and Chicken Tenders.


The view from the exterior.

The restaurant’s design is an eclectic mix of industrial pieces, natural wood, and stone with splashes of bright colors. When you approach the restaurant, you’ll find plenty of diners sitting at marble-topped tables dining al fresco. Inside, the diner is bright and airy with turquoise floor that adds dramatic flair to the atmosphere. 

This week, make your way to Launderette for casual fine dining!

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