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Dining Guide

Ciclo

The remodeled and rechristened Four Seasons downstairs dining room, defined by dark woods and bold black stripes à la abstract expressionist Franz Kline, is a huge improvement over outdated Trio. (But, upstairs, the lively bar has been stripped of its fabulous stone fireplace and rock-crystal chandelier—we’re in mourning.) As for chefs James Flowers and Richard Sandoval’s menu, it’s approachable, eclectic, and showy (many Mexican accents, a touch of Korean and Peruvian here, a little French there). A sampling found a tidy trio of flaky empanadas, filled with sweet corn and Spanish manchego cheese, rounded out with dabs of Argentina’s herbal chimichurri. Best dish of the evening: a superlative beef rib on the bone sided by both corn tortillas (so-so) and flour tortillas (good) with assorted side salsas. For dessert, we tried the gorgeously presented olive oil panna cotta, oddly thick, accompanied by a strange salty chocolate custard and bitter nibbles of poached pear (ambitious, perhaps overly so). If you have time for a holiday indulgence, weekend brunch here is a lovely treat.

City: Austin

Cuisine:

Drinks: Bar

Price: $$$$

Rating: ★★★

Address: 98 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX, 78701

Hours: B, L & D 7 days.

Phone: 512-685-8300

Website: cicloatx.com/

Last updated: December 6, 2018