The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen Arrives Downtown

08.06.2015 by: Kerri Ratcliffe
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The Grove Wine Bar and Kitchen is a welcome addition to downtown Austin. Joining its other two locations in West Lake Hills and Lakeway, The Grove has recently opened up a third restaurant at the corner of W. 6th and West streets. Having been to, and very much enjoyed, the West Lake Hills location previously, I didn’t wait long to see if the new downtown location would match the culinary and atmospheric quality. It did not disappoint.

We arrived to the restaurant around 7:30 on a Thursday and were surprised at the crowd that was there - obviously the word is spreading fast. While waiting for our table, we ordered a glass of wine and a local Austin beer from the bar inside and found a couple seats on the covered patio overlooking W. 6th. The wait went by rather quickly and after about 15 minutes we were seated. Booths line the wall with tables filling the space from the outside in. 

After scouring the expansive menu, we decided to start our meal by sharing the crab cake, which came out flawlessly broiled (Maryland style) and was a great size for sharing. The ratio of lump crab to filler (always necessary in a crab cake) was outstanding, as every bite was filled with meat. The horseradish in the crab cake (a nice twist) and the spicy citrus remoulade drizzled adjacent provided the dish with a little kick that only enhanced the enjoyment. Paired with a small arugula salad dressed in a lite vinaigrette made this a wonderful start.

Crab Cake appetizer

Following our appetizer, we wanted to take our time before ordering entrees. Our server was incredibly accommodating - keeping an eye on us, but not rushing us to order before we were ready, which is always appreciated. One of the entrees we ordered was the Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna Salad. The ahi tuna was perfectly seared and coated with sesame seeds, while the citrus fruit, avocado, and sambal-ginger vinaigrette gave the salad an acidity that worked as a fantastic complement. Wonton crisps and cabbage completed the dish and added an enjoyable crunch.

Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna Salad

We also ordered the Cappellini Pasta with Baby Arugula and Tomatoes, and added Grilled Shrimp. A zesty white wine and butter sauce is a favorite sauce for a shrimp pasta dish and this one included arugula and impeccably roasted tomatoes. What set this apart, however, were the capers, basil, and shallots that added nice complementary, but not overwhelming, flavors to round out this savory dish.

Cappellini Pasta with Baby Arugula and Tomatoes (with Grilled Shrimp)

Overall, we had a fantastic experience at The Grove Wine Bar and Kitchen’s new downtown location and we’ll definitely be back again soon.
 

{The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen official website}

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