First Look: Arro

Arro, the latest project from the folks behind Easy Tiger and 24 Diner, softly opened its doors this week to allow for a peek at what we can expect from the modern French restaurant. Being that this was a soft opening, this post is more of a preview than full review as the new restaurant gets its sea legs. That being said, I’d be remiss not to mention a few exceptionally bright moments in an altogether stellar evening.

Bone Marrow Appetizer

Bone Marrow Appetizer

Our meal started on a high note after realizing Arro’s menu offerings include an entire section devoted to freshly baked bread and a rotating selection of accompaniments. Unable to decide what to order, we opted for a chef’s board featuring Easy Tiger bread paired with anchovy butter, pork pâte, cheese, and pickled veggies ($12).

Bread Offering Chef Plate

Bread Offering Chef Plate

Shifting to the main menu, Arro offers a number of French and French-inspired dishes as well as a smaller three-course menu priced to move at $25. We couldn’t get enough of dishes such as roasted grouper and mussels frites, but the best bite of the evening was a bone marrow appetizer layered with fresh herbs, comté and garlic (pictured above).

Roasted Grouper

Roasted Grouper

Be sure to save room for dessert as Arro does not mess around with sweet treats like the chocolate Pot de Crème and lemon goat cheese tarte.

Lemon Goat Cheese Tart

Lemon Goat Cheese Tart

For drinks, I recommend starting with the refreshing, summery Arro G&T – a revamped gin and tonic – before moving to wine. Arro’s team worked with two master sommeliers to develop the exceptional wine list featuring a collection of reasonably priced old world varietals.

Arro G&T

Arro G&T

As for atmosphere, Arro’s space, formerly occupied by the British tavern-themed Haddington’s, was given a complete overhaul prior to opening. The once dark, rustic interior is now unrestricted and light thanks to an expansive, open dining room adorned with large windows that peer into a relaxed outdoor patio. Check out Arro for yourself once the promising new eatery officially opens for dinner service on Saturday, July 20.

Arro, 601 West 6th Street, Austin TX 78701, 512.992.2776.

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