Last night, we ventured east for dinner. Our Uber ride (probably our last in this fine city) took only 10 minutes from our city-central apartment, but dropped us off in a place completely unlike the one we’d just left: to a beautiful farm along Springdale Road, and within it, a restaurant called Eden East. It was a meal to remember.
The open-air restaurant is situated beneath a ceiling of bowed pecan tree branches adorned with dangling light bulbs and strands of shimmering beads. The effect? Sitting beneath a living chandelier swaying in the breeze. The farm itself surrounds this eatery, and includes a chicken coop, rows of neatly irrigated crops, colorful flowers, and a gaggle of geese who wandered around the grounds in unison throughout our dinner.
East Eden is open just two nights a week – on Fridays and Saturdays – and offers a fixed, 5-course menu that changes each month, depending on their harvest. The cuisine can be described as New American, and is the vision of chef and owner Sonya Cote. Almost all of the produce used is from the farm, so you’re literally seeing farm to table happen before your eyes. Last night, we enjoyed smoked pork belly, spanish gazpacho, wagyu steak, and bacon popcorn balls with caramel ice cream to top it off. Everything was delicious!
Guests are invited to bring their own drinks, which we did in abundance. Mint juleps, bubbly, wine, and some beers to top it off. You can never be too prepared. We were also welcomed with a Deep Eddy beverage of choice – we opted for the grapefruit-flavored vodka with fresh mint.
Our meal was amazing, the night was gorgeous, and the company even better. If you live in Austin and haven’t been to this magical venue yet, do yourself a favor and book it.