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Dona Emilia's


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Dona Emilia's

luniz | | Mar 26, 2007 03:12 PM

I ate here Saturday night with a couple of friends. We arrived about 10 minutes late for our 6:30 reservation but they had no trouble seating us outside on the patio. The patio is a nice place to sit and eat in mild weather like Austin had this past weekend.

I started with a spicy margarita. Not particularly strong but pretty delicious. Not actually hot spicy, more like a little (red) peppery. I'd get this again and might even try making it myself.

For an appetizer we split the ceviche. It came with 3 fried plantains (one for each of us I suppose). The seafood was halibut and shrimp, both were excellent. I'd never had ceviche before but I will have it again. I especially liked the shrimp prepared that way. It had a nice snap to it. There were some chunks of fruit (jicama possibly?) mixed in and it was topped with avocado. The extras didn't have much impact, probably because the seafood was so good.

I ordered the coffee crusted beef tenderloin, medium rare. It came closer to rare which made me pretty happy, it was warm all the way through though the middle was purple. It was very thick and tender. The "coffee crust" is pretty subtle and doesn't even attempt to overpower the beef. It came with mashed potatoes and asparagus that went well with the sherry reduction. I like a dish like this where the cook doesn't try to do too much.

My friends split the Pabellon Criollo. I didn't get to try it but they didn't attack it as voraciously as I attacked my dinner, nor as they did the appetizer. The service was fine but our waiter was a little...well I won't complain.

All in all it is easily one of my favorite restaurants in Austin for now and I'll definitely go back to try the cumin crusted tuna and jumbo shrimp, and probably the tres leches even though I shouldn't.

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