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