Hip new Austin boutique hotel the Line Austin officially opens its centerpiece restaurant tonight. Arlo Grey, the upmarket restaurant from “Top Chef” season 10 winner Kristen Kish, is initially open nightly for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m.
Kish, who has a fine dining background, has devised a menu that looks to be both chef-driven and full of populist appeal. The menu starts with dishes like beef tartare with grated egg and caper aioli and grilled acorn squash with cashew butter, and ranges to larger offerings like steamed snapper with sorrel velouté and Buffalo short rib with horseradish.
The Michigan-raised chef and graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago worked at the Michelin-starred Sensing in Boston before becoming an integral part in the demi empire of Barbara Lynch, the 2014 James Beard award winner for best restaurateur in the nation, eventually serving as chef de cuisine at Lynch’s Menton, a nationally lauded French restaurant celebrated for its technique, seasonality and sophistication.
Kish left Menton in 2014 and has spent the intervening years traveling the world, writing her first cookbook (“Kristen Kish Cooking”) and appearing on Travel Channel’s “36 Hours.”
Dinner in these early stages is by reservation only, which can be made on Open Table or by phone at 512-478-9611.