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.
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
Strawberry Lychee Icebox Pie