Eden East at Springdale Farm

Located on the grounds of Springdale Farm, Eden East offers multi-course menus inspired by seasonal, farm-fresh produce grown just a stone’s throw away. Eden East’s natural ambiance capitalizes on the picturesque setting of its surroundings. Set under a canopy of branches, the rustic ‘dining room’ is a long horseshoe of tables, which open to the restaurant’s mobile kitchen. Adding to the charm is a collection of chandelier-inspired lights floating overhead.

Eden East

Eden East

With locavore dining all the rage these days, it was only a matter of time before someone cut out the middleman and brought the actual table to the farm. It certainly comes as no surprise the force behind Austin’s first permanent farm restaurant is Chef Sonia Cote (Hillside Farmacy/East Side Showroom), for whom sourcing locally is not merely a passing food trend, but rather at the core of who she is as a chef.

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Cheese Board

I recently had the opportunity to experience Eden East during a tasting event that included small bites of dishes one might find at a typical dinner. The star of the evening for me, of course, was a ridiculously delicious cheese and charcuterie board consisting of housemade jams and cured meats. The good bites continued with a bok choy salad drizzled in lemon olive oil and topped with house smoked pork jowl.

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Chicken Rillette

Throughout the tasting, Chef Cote played homage to the season’s best produce by creating dishes that capitalized on the natural flavors of each ingredient.  A chicken rillette and pickled hen egg dish, for example, was topped with a fresh carrot slaw that elevated the dish with its sweet, bright flavors. This bite of goodness was a true highlight of the evening.

Tenderloin

Tenderloin

The crowd favorite of the night was undoubtedly the beef course consisting of a impeccably cooked tenderloin medallion paired with sweet caramelized onions and a salty potato chip. I too was a big fan of the well-executed dish, but I couldn’t get enough of a house cured trout dish. The flavorful fish was served on a potato cake topped with a tangy sauce, fresh herbs and cornichons. This dish perfectly highlighted the type of dishes one can expect at Eden East: rustic versions of classic dishes made unique through the use of high quality, locally sourced ingredients.

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Smoked Trout

Between its casual elegance and delicious eats, the inspired Eden East provides an ideal setting for a romantic date night, dinner with friends, or place to take a visitor. Eden East offers dinner service Thursday through Saturday complete with a menu (posted online) that changes weekly. Thursday dinners are four courses for $40/per person while Saturday are five-course at $65/per person. The farm to table restaurant is BYOB, but cocktail pairings featuring local spirits are also served. Reservations are required.

Eden East at Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale Road, Austin, TX 78702. http://www.edeneastaustin.com 

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