Olamaie Brings Refined Southern Cooking to Austin

09.02.2014 by: Beth Stockwell Vanderkolk
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The space that housed Sagra a few years ago on 15th and San Antonio has just reopened as Olamaie. Olamaie brings the taste of the South with a new modern spin to Austin starting with dinner service from Tuesday to Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Photo credit: Robert J. Lerma

With experience spanning both coasts, the CIA-trained team at the helm of Olamaie includes Co-Executive Chefs Michael Fojtasek and Grae Nonas, General Manager Ben Hickerson, and Assistant General Manager Steven Carson. Olamaie brings a unique concept and a talented team with exposure in the most important restaurant markets in the country to Austin.

Olamaie fills the Southern cuisine void with a menu that focuses on farm-to-table freshness and a dining experience combining classic Southern hospitality with modern restaurant craftsmanship. With a menu based on principles and flavor profiles preached by celebrated Southern cooks like Edna Lewis, Bill Neal, and Mama Dip, Chefs Fojtasek and Nonas are committed to exploring what Southern food can become. Olamaie features an ever-changing menu based on seasonal availability and will source from local purveyors including Boggy Creek Farm and Springdale Farm as well as local ranchers. Here's what we had on our recent visit:

Olamaie Old Fashioned

Skillet Cornbread
with stewed okra and fairytale eggplant $11

Salad of MD Blue Crab 
with Carolina gold rice middlins, corn puddling, popped sorghum, tabasco $16
A favorite! Must try!

Roasted Triggerfish
with delicata squash, she crab gravy, lobster mushroom, chervil $28

Blade Steak
with green bean casserole, fried shallots, garlic chive $27

Laura's Cookie Plate $5

Olamaie has an entirely American wine list and a selection of beers focusing on American craft breweries, as well as cocktails that are modern representations of classic Southern staples.

Texas-based design firm Staffelbach worked with Olamaie owners to redesign and finish out the 83-year-old space to create a design that respects the personal styles and tastes of the restaurant’s namesakes and closely ties in with the menu to execute the concept of a modern take on Southern food. The classic Southern dining experience is improved with modern restaurant craftsmanship that creates a peerless dining experience. Olamaie features Southern heritage design elements including family portraits, artwork by Southern artists, and nods to the historic culture of Austin.

Photo credit: Robert J. Lerma

Olamaie offers dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and the lounge will offer beverage service Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 5:00 p.m. Located at 1610 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX 78701, Olamaie offers a small parking lot located behind the restaurant, as well as street parking on the east and west sides of San Antonio Street. 

Olamaie Official Website

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