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Wu Chow

The crowds have been streaming in ever since the folks behind Swift’s Attic opened this Chinese eatery. Make a reservation, even on a quiet night, to avoid being shuttled to the empty bar by the young and a little unseasoned staff. The food’s traditional interpretation is surprising, given the subtle Asian stylings in the interior. Crispy chicken and taro eggrolls were light and delicate (although the accompanying plum sauce tasted like a combo of honey mustard and sweet-and-sour sauce packs from a fast-food franchise). Brand-name Tender Belly pork filled lusciously juicy steamed dumplings, and the salt-and-pepper squid had a sweet caramelized crust to balance the saltiness. Singapore noodles seemed less inspired, with a slight grittiness from the curry powder, but we were amused by the parrot-shaped tiki glass that held our intriguing My-Tie, a fruity cocktail made a touch savory with coconut milk.

City: Austin

Cuisine:

Drinks: Bar

Price: $$

Rating: ★★

Address: 500 W. 5th, Austin, TX, 78701

Hours: L Mon–Fri (reservation only). D Mon–Sat. B Sun.

Phone: 512-476-2469

Website: wuchowaustin.com/

Last updated: July 27, 2016