REVIEW: Boiler Nine Bar + Grill at Seaholm in Downtown Austin

7f1ff0b2-697f-4662-abe9-21609243e9d3It’s not every day you get to try a new restaurant just after it open.

Wait, this is Austin, Texas. And yes, you can (almost daily it seems).

6085f352-5cc7-4ae5-86ff-feee61009d17This trip – to the new Boiler Nine Bar + Grill. It’s tucked inside the Seaholm development, just south of Trader Joe’s on the shared plaza. There’s easier access along Walter Seaholm Drive. I had heard hubbub among local foodies that this was an anticipated (although delayed) opening because of executive chief Jason Stude (Second Bar + Kitchen).

BOILDER NINE BAR + GRILL

800 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

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Boiler Nine has three unique levels: a rooftop casual bar, a basement cocktail lounge and a main dining area on level one. We chose level one for a dinner around 6:30 on a Wednesday evening. I wouldn’t call the space small or intimate but it was definitely smaller than I had expected. The total seating in this area seemed likely to max out at about 50 including the bar.

52cab44e-4570-4ffd-a2ba-e4a1a6b8b14aKeeping with the fire theme, the menu boasted some interesting options. It was a limited menu but interesting nonetheless with a total of 19 offerings (starters, small plates, large plates). I chose to skip any of the three starters and head to the main course. The Akaushi Sirloin was right on the money. It was very tender and carried a lot of flavor as you would expect from Akaushi meat. The presentation was stunning. The carrot mousse was visually vibrant and excellent tasting.

IMG_4594ee4b9b55-329f-45da-8e05-dcfa9c6f0c1bI rarely order a dessert but after seeing the presentation of the main course, I couldn’t resist. We sampled two: the chocolate cake and the peanut butter/ch0colate bark. The latter was sinfully delicious even if only two bits per slice (two pieces in the small serving). I found the cake on the other hand to be overly dry.

FIVE-POINT REVIEW

FOOD – GOOD+ My only slight disappointment was the dry cake.

COCKTAILS – I chose a nice glass of Pinot which was very good

LOCATION – Great for downtown; Open, lots of light but yet some darker private areas

PATIO – Not open for guests (during my visit; although it was a scorching 100 degree day).

SERVICE – Good

As is often the case, first days and weeks of restaurant openings are all about finding the right rhythm of food and service. This a definitely a good experience and Boiler Nine will get more visits from me.

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