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Loro

The bavette steak and chicken karaage at Loro.
Photograph by John Davidson

Loro’s combination of smoked meats and Asian flavors has lured Austin diners since 2018. Order this to go: Most combinations are friendly and mainstream, like a rice bowl with roasted char siu pork belly (Chinese five-spice powder giving a distinctive lift to a punchy sauce); the coconut rice was delightful, if clumpy, but the flavorful pork ended up overcooked. A bit better was Malaysian chicken breast bo ssam with a salty-sweet topping (though the otherwise moist meat was burnt on the bottom). Sides turned out fine, like a perky summer salad of cantaloupe with cucumber, jazzed by lemon zest and mint. Best of all were plump snap peas, kissed by the grill. One caution: some sauces are strong and oddly matched, like the kimchi-style sauce with the delicate peas, so dip before pouring. A big peanut butter cookie makes a picnic-worthy dessert. Pro tip: Lots of to-go parking spots. Masks and social distancing are enforced in the lodge-like building and at outdoor tables under huge oaks.

Note: Review reflects COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of visit.

City: Austin

Cuisine:

Drinks: Bar

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★

Address: 2115 S. Lamar Ave., Austin, TX, 78704

Hours: L & D 7 days.

Phone: 512-916-4858

Website: loroeats.com

Last updated: March 21, 2021

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