Hey ya’ll! Sorry I’ve been gone. Life has been hectic, and yesterday I didn’t have my computer with me since I went to Austin to celebrate my dad’s birthday. So the best meal of my life. Well no, I would have to say it was one of the top 5 best meals of my life in America. So this meal was not on my Healing Diet at all, but you can’t run your life around certain rules because that would make you have a sort of eating disorder. We want to be healthy, not crazy. Anyways on to the greatest meal EVER. My dad picked to go to the Barley Swine for his birthday dinner.
The Barley Swine is a small restaurant off of South Lamar in Austin, TX. You have to get there 30 minutes before opening because that is how great this place is. People line up outside the building to get a spot inside. We had to wait outside in 106 degree heat, but after sweating to death this was totally worth it. The menu is tapas style, which means that you need to order about 3-4 plates per person. These are small plates, so it is not like you are consuming whole racks of lamb. There was five of us, only about 10 things on the menu, and three specials. Being the foodie family we are, we decided to literally get everything except the foie gras.
So the presentation on every plate was BEAUTIFUL. This was a scrambled duck egg, pecans, green bean salad, and morels. This is probably one of my favorite dishes of the night. I never thought a scrambled duck egg would be that mind blowing, but it was. This dish was pretty much on the top of everyone’s lists at the end of the night.
What is this beauty? Well fried head of course? FRIED HEAD!?! I know when I saw the description on the menu, I thought it was like an entire animal head that was fried. No. It was just a shrimp head that was fried served along with a couple of broiled shrimps in a delicious sauce topped with sesame seeds. It was awesome. I am now in love with fried heads. Yes, saying that out loud sounds very weird, but I’m not one for caring what others think.
Yes this soup tastes as good as it looks. Actually it looks sort of chunky and weird, but trust me when I say that the flavors of this soup are the yummiest combination that your mouth will ever experience. It is a corn soup with coconut, tamarind, thai green chiles, and plums. Weird sounding, but so delicious. We gobbled this up in like 5 seconds. My grandpa is a soup connoisseur and he thought it was fantastic.
I’m Jewish and I eat pork, so what. With pork this good, I would never refuse. This dish was pork belly served over curried eggplant puree, cous cous, and pickled peach. Curry with pork belly and peaches? Yes, it is so good. The curry flavor was probably the best part of the entire dish. The pork belly was so soft and tender. It just melted in your mouth. I could have gone for like ten of these.
I love fish. Actually I have recently decided that I am going to go pescatarian once I clean out my fridge, but that is a story for another time. When I saw crispy red fish on the menu, I was like sign me up we are getting two of these. It was served with green chile grits, pickled corn, and avocado. Being from the south, I already love grits, but these were on a whole different level. With the blackened fish, it was the perfect bite. My brother and I were big fans of the dish.
Sort of creepy? Well yes it does look like a circular form of meat. What is this? It is goat shoulder. You ate goat shoulder? Yes, and it was freaking good. Once you put your fork into it the meat pulled apart like pulled pork or something like that. It was extremely tasty. I’m a big fan.
For the rest of the meal, I’m just going to post pictures instead of describing everything because it will be like the longest post in the entire world. I’ll just let you drool over the most amazing meal and make you jealous of what I got to eat and what you didn’t.
I know I said I wasn’t going to talk about anything else, but this was probably my favorite plate of the night. It was quail stuffed with goose liver (pate) served over charred leek and dirty rice with a side of corn cakes. Oh man oh man do I love some goose liver. The quail was so tender and when paired with a bite of the corn cake, it was like pure happiness was inside my mouth.
I lied again. I have to talk about this. It was corn brulee with white chocolate, popcorn, and goat milk’s caramel. This sounds so weird, but it was so good. Definitely one of the best desserts I’ve ever had. My family fought over it because it was so tiny. I only got one bite, which made me sad.
This was the finale of the meal. Grilled peach, marsala, goats milk icecream, and a black pepper crumble. This dish sums up summertime for me. Peaches, the grill, and cold ice cream. It was the best way to end the meal. I was definitely satisfied. It was an amazing meal with my family, and it will definitely go down in the history books! Just another Happy Birthday to my dad! My brother and I are epic fails at life because we forgot his present at the house. Way to go. We are great kids, I know.
I hope everyone is having an amazing week so far! I know I am now that my two tests are out of the way.
Have you ever waiting in line for a long period of time just to eat something?
What is the best meal you have ever had in your life?