00 West 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 436-9633
Hours: Breakfast: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m.; Lunch: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner: Mon.-Sun. 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Bar: Mon.-Wed. 4 p.m.-12 a.m., Thurs.-Fri. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
A few years ago, when Restaurant Jezebel closed its doors after succumbing to a fire, many Austinites mourned the loss of the inventive, delicious dishes created by chef Parind Vora and his team. After forays into the East Side (with Braise) and casual tapas/wine bar (with Simplicity), Vora and his team are lodging a serious comeback with a revamped Restaurant Jezebel, as well as its more casual sibling, Bar Mirabeau (named for the second President of the Republic of Texas, Mirabeau B. Lamar).
Bar Mirabeau, like the new incarnation of Jezebel, makes its home in the sleek new Cirrus Logic space on West 6th Street, just across from the Whole Foods flagship store. The space is equally sleek, modern, and loft-like, with a feel that is definitely more urban contemporary than the former Jezebel spot. The focus at Bar Mirabeau is handcrafted–from breads, to gelatos, to lox. We stopped by for brunch on a recent Sunday morning to taste what Bar Mirabeau had to offer.
We started out with the chilaquiles. Bar Mirabeau’s spin on this Tex-Mex favorite was a lovely dish served up in a stack reminiscent of pancakes, of house-made tortillas loaded with savory black beans and delicate goat cheese. The flavor was amped up with jalapenos, green onions, and roasted red peppers. The dish was finished off with a tangy tomatillo salsa verde.
Next up, we sampled the huevos rancheros enchiladas. This dish included the usual fried eggs, but these huevos hid a spicy duo of cheese enchiladas. This dish was much spicier than the chilaquiles, which I loved, but it could be too much for those who like to go easy on the heat. The accompanying black beans and fresh pico de gallo were the perfect complement, and the roasted red pepper tomatillo sauce finished the dish off with a great, zesty kick.
Finally, we indulged our sweet tooth with an order of pumpkin pie pancakes–perfect for a cool fall morning. This generous plate of fluffy pancakes truly captured the earthy spiciness that marks the best fall pumpkin dishes. The accompanying pistachios offered a nice crunch, and the dollops of mascarpone cheese provided a touch of decadence.
In all, the meal was quite tasty, and the dishes looked fresh and lovely. The service at Bar Mirabeau was polite and attentive. The manager of the restaurant himself visited our table, asked after our meal, and handed out business cards with his contact information. This spot will be a welcome addition to the still-sparse dining options on this leg of West 6th. I am eager to visit again to sample the evening wares. If the brunch was any indication, lovers of the old Jezebel have much to look forward to at these new spaces