Celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern is no stranger to Austin, and the television star will return during South by Southwest to host a pop-up brunch on March 15 at chef Rene Ortiz’s Launderette in East Austin.


The Asian-inspired brunch, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will be a collaborative affair with Ortiz and Launderette chef-partner Laura Sawicki, one of the state’s top pastry chefs. See the complete menu at the bottom of this post.


The "Zimmern Brunch" is $40 per guest and reservations, which are required, can be made on line at launderetteaustin.com.


MENU


SWEET THANGS:


Citrus Curd Doughnuts -- key lime, yuzu


SNACKY BITES (choice of 2):


Grilled Chicken Hearts -- shiro miso, pickled mustard greens


Pork & Shrimp Wonton -- soy, red chile oil


Vegetable Bao – barbecue shitake


Fried Shrimp Toast -- ginger, chile bean paste, sesame bread


Crispy Oyster -- cassava, coriander dressing, red pepper relish


Salmon & Caviar Toast -- gravlax, caviar, crème fraiche, brioche


Cucumber Salad – white cabbage, chili paste, toasted sesame oil


SPECIALTIES (choice of 1):


Pork Ribs -- fermented black bean sauce


Salt & Pepper Tofu – xo, cilantro, sweet chili jam


Fried Chicken – duck sauce


Pork Belly – congee, puffed wild rice, poached egg


Hanger Steak – tomato oil, daikon radish cake, sunny egg, scallion sauce +$6


ACCOMPANIMENTS (for the table):


Dry-Fried Eggplant -- Sichuan peppercorn


Charred Mushrooms – tamari, fish sauce, brown butter


Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles -- black sesame, udon noodles


Scallion Pancake


Pickled Vegetables


DESSERT:


Strawberry Lychee Icebox Pie