Downtown Austin has some new flash, and it’s got a Mexican accent. Comedor, the upmarket modern Mexican restaurant from longtime Austin chef and multiple James Beard semifinalist Philip Speer, opened last night at West Fifth and Colorado streets.
Speer, the former culinary director at Uchi, is joined at sleek restaurant by chefs Gabe Erales, formerly of Dai Due Taqueria, and Alan Delgado, formerly of Counter 357.
Comedor’s menu, largely sourced with local ingredients, features homemade tortillas, shareable dishes like bone marrow tacos, goat barbacoa tamal, quesadilla huitlacoche and entrees such as a pork chop with cacao-cured avocado and Spanish octopus in black garlic mole.
Comedor partners William Ball and Conor Oman of Garage oversee the beverage program and Speer is serving as the restaurant’s pastry chef.
“Everything about Mexico City from the hospitality, the art and architecture, to the way people live and enjoy life attracted us to the cuisine,” Speer told the Statesman last month. “The warming feel of gathering around the table with family and friends in one’s dining room, or Comedor, is the inspiration for where the name originates.”
Comedor is open for dinner 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and until 11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. The restaurant plans to eventually add weekend brunch and Friday lunch. Reservations can be made online or by calling the restaurant at 512-499-0977.