Had a completely enjoyable and relaxing late-afternoon lunch at The Steeping Room http://www.thesteepingroom.com/Home_P... in the Domain http://www.thedomainaustin.com/ in Northwest Austin. All the stars aligned - a very good meal, my wonderful sister whom I hadn't seen in a while, good weather, and (tangent:) a very cool mirrored side-table find at the Z Gallerie place down the street.
We arrived famished. Was slightly worried a tea-based cafe wouldn't be the right place given we had not having eaten since an early breakfast. I was having visions of those British Airways lounge white-bread-no-crusts triangular cucumber and cream cheese tea sandwiches. Those sandwiches were perfect for travel days after flying in translantic business class or first class (if bumped up, which happens a lot because when they oversell business class, those with the most miles gets bumped to first, first) or first class where the airlines over-feed everyone anyway, but definitely not when you're famished.
Much to my relief, the menu had "classic" sandwiches on ciabatta bread as well as the tea sandwiches.
At the last second I decided to order the Cheese Plate as an appetizer. Am so glad I did!
It was delicious and fun to explore the combinations of what was offered:
Cheese Plate ($11.50)
Humboldt Fog blue cheese, an cheddar unlike others I've tasted, and a cheese from Spain (can't remember the name; not manchega)
Red Seedless Grapes
Center bowl of honey with rosemary sprigs swimming in the honey
side of bread
Absolute fave was the Humboldt Fog blue cheese on the bread with some honey. And when the plate was almost done, sucking on the rosemary sprigs from the almost empty bowl of honey sent the endorphins humming (as if successful shopping and good conversation weren't enough.)
We had a Turkey BLT and a Roast Beef sandwich.
TBLT > $8.50
turkey, bacon, lettuce, and tomato with basil mayo
Roast Beef > $9
port marinated roast beef with caramelized onions and roasted red peppers and basil mayo, served warm
I thought the Turkey BLT was the better sandwich of the too. I think I felt like I wanted real roast beef chunks in the sandwich like Mom used to make, more than thinner-slice cut roast beef.
The Lychee black tea my sister picked out was so delicious that I took a packet home from the jar and have been enjoying 1 cup / day since. It reminded me of my all time favorite black tea I enjoyed at a Chinese restaurant many years ago.
The Steeping Room is locally owned. I recall reading in the local paper that the Domain by contract must support a locally owned store; the article cited The Steeping Room as the one.
Other reviews of The Steeping Room can be found here:
But I thought this nifty little place deserved its own topic.