Restaurant news, dining events and suggested bites from Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam.
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Restaurant review: Bonhomie

11:19 am Jun. 23, 2017

My fiancee stole a cursory glance at the Bonhomie menu and then surveyed the minimalist space from our seats at the end of the open kitchen.

“What exactly is the concept again?” she asked.

I’d tossed her

Video: Review of Kyoten Sushiko

12:50 pm Nov. 3, 2016

Austin’s hottest new sushi restaurant is Kyoten Sushiko and it has everything: a quirky, obsessive chef; exceptional food; a server who does his dry cleaning in a bathtub; and all of the charm of an unfurnished model apartment.

Apologies to Bill Hader’s Stefon character from “Saturday Night Live,” but I kept slipping back into that absurd and lovable character’s voice when trying to explain the surreal experience of dining at chef

Watch: Restaurant review of Chicon in East Austin

12:37 pm Jun. 23, 2016

Ben Edgerton and chef Andrew Wiseheart closed their fine dining, veggie-centric Gardner earlier this year. But they didn’t walk away from the restaurant. They revamped the menu and design to create the more casual Chicon,

Restaurant review: Counter 357

4:34 pm Jul. 9, 2015

The sunglow yellow cucumber flower that brightened a plate of sumptuous country pâté came from chef Lawrence Kocurek’s garden. The pickled and sliced quail eggs, magenta on the outside with jonquil yellow yolks, paid homage

Multimedia restaurant review: Gardner

5:06 pm Jan. 15, 2015

This week I reviewed Gardner, the new veggie-centric restaurant from the owners of ranch-inspired Contigo. Gardner rides a surging movement of restaurants focused on showcasing vegetables. Chefs across the country — from Oxheart in Houston