Dinner at Henri’s Cheese and Wine

As a devoted disciple to all things cheese and wine, I have been a ready-made fan of Henri’s Cheese & Wine since it opened, and now with a newly added dinner menu, there is even more to love about the South Lamar eatery. Henri’s Cheese and Wine has always offered an expanded lunch menu, but until recently, it shifted to a cheese, charcuterie, and wine spot come nightfall. However, a few months ago, Henri’s began test driving the idea of adding dinner by offering a series of regular nighttime specials, including its ever-popular burger and spaghetti and meatball nights. Now with Chef Keegan Archer at the helm, Henri’s new dinner menu features a diverse range of rustic yet modern small plates created using seasonal, local ingredients.

 

White Bean Dip & Seasonal Vegetables

White Bean Dip & Seasonal Vegetables

On this visit, we started with a white bean and crudité plate, which was more delicious than any such vegetable/dip dish should be thanks to an unexpected smoky flavor on the vegetables. Up next was a beautifully roasted quail dish served on top of a farro salad. The tender, juicy quail was delicious on its own but even more so when combined with the seasonal salad of fresh figs, thinly sliced cucumber, fresh herbs and goat cheese crumbles.

 

Roasted Quail and Farro Salad

Roasted Quail and Farro Salad

We also thoroughly enjoyed our next dish, the scallop crudo. The thinly sliced scallops were lightly dressed with a citrus vinaigrette that played nicely against the natural sweet, fatty flavor of the scallops. Served with a green salad, it was a refined and well-executed crowd pleaser of a dish.

 

Scallop Crudo

Scallop Crudo

After a trio of solid dishes, we were batting three for three, but the surprise homerun of the night was without a doubt our fourth and final dish: the boquerones. Though the dish used only a handful of components, the distinctive texture and flavor of each one created a well-balanced depth on the plate. Despite its simplicity, the dish was a bit of a risk as it featured three strongly flavored ingredients – the Spanish anchovies, green olives, and sharp cheese – which easily could have competed with each other. But instead, the salty fish, sweet and nutty Podda Classico, and fruity olive tapenade came together perfectly.

 

Boquerones

Boquerones

Even before Henri’s expanded its nightly offerings, the eatery’s low key but vibrant vibe provided the perfect backdrop for a casual date or wine with friends. In addition to the menu additions, Henri’s still brings it’s a-game with its cheese and charcuterie offerings. Continue to also expect a nicely curated list of wines available by the glass or bottle as well as a rotating selection of craft beers.

Henri’s Cheese & Wine, 2026 South Lamar, Austin, TX 78704. 512.442.3373. Check out the menu and stay up to date on weekly happenings via Henri’s Facebook page.

 

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