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Isla Brings the Tropics to Austin

04.20.2015 by: Beth Stockwell Vanderkolk
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From the team behind Péché, Isla brings a tropical vibe to downtown Austin with island-inspired food and beverages. Since opening just over a month ago, Isla is excited to introduce a few new additions to both the cocktail and food menus. General manager and the man behind the bar program, Trey Jenkins, and executive chef, John Lichtenberger, are focusing even more on the island and tiki concept of Isla, giving patrons more of a reason to escape to paradise.

New tiki drinks include the Sidewinder’s Fang and the Fu Manchu, made with light rum, orange curacao, lime juice and crème de menthe. And for those who like to sip and share, the newly added “family drinks,” meant for 2-3 guests, are sure to be a crowd pleaser. These drinks are served in festive tiki bowls and feature the Chi-Chi Bowl and the Luau Scorpion Bowl, made with gold rum, gin, cognac, orange juice, orgeat, and simple syrup, topped off with a 151 flame. And for every Luau Scorpion Bowl ordered, the bartenders will celebrate with the resounding ring of a newly added gong. The menu also highlights the beer selection, including a Maui Brewing Coconut Porter.

Delicious include various ceviches, bolitas de carne picantes with a guava BBQ sauce, and empanadas (which now come with a choice of pork, chicken, vegetable or shrimp). Isla recently added roti to the menu, with options like vegetable, curried lamb and a fried fish of the day, inspired by Lichtenberger’s travels in Tortola. New to the salad selection is a tempura marlin salad with ginger lime vinaigrette, a heartier salad to satisfy a larger appetite.

Desserts from pastry chef Yolanda Diaz (also the pastry chef at sister restaurant Péché) are now emphasized, such as a key lime pie and tres leches with pineapple. And for an excuse to start early, happy hour is all day Monday and Tuesday, 4-7 p.m. from Wednesday through Friday, and 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, with $6 drinks and 25% off select menu items.


Isla interior


Isla bar


Isla "family drink" bowl! So fun!


Avocado and grapefruit salad


Ceviche


Grilled octopus with olive sauce


Lime chicken with coconut rice and black beans


Key lime pie

{Photos via Isla}
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