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Swift’s Attic

Swifts attic

I wasn’t going to review Swift’s Attic because it’s in Austin and thus not immediately relevant to most of my loyal readers. That said, I decided to go for it anyway for several reasons:

  • I think we can all agree that Brunch Club is destined to become an international brand
  • You should go to Austin, because Austin is amazing
  • You should go to Swift’s Attic, because Swift’s Attic is amazing

I will also note that Swift’s Attic doesn’t have bottomless, but it does have $1 mimosas, so unless you are even better at brunch drinking than I am (unlikely), it’s really better than bottomless anyway.

The Bottomless

As mentioned, $1/mimosa. When asked for light OJ in our mimosas, our waiter described them as being made with “a whisper” of orange juice. He was right – they were made as God intended, with just a splash of OJ.

Obviously since you’re paying per mimosa there aren’t carafes nor do they come around refilling you, so make sure you order your next round before you finish the current one.

The Food

So good. We started with a pork cheek kolache (if you’re unfamiliar with the term, take a look at THIS BLOG POST LINK ME), which tasted like it was filled with a sweet carnitas. The biscuits were flaky. The chicken fried steak was crisp. The korean BBQ flank steak was perfectly rare and came with crispy kimchi rice.

The Service

We visited Swift’s Attic on the Sunday morning at the end of a four day bachelor party, and our waiter made a couple of jokes about our sorry appearance (fair) then was generally amusing, attentive and courteous. The aforementioned goat cheek kolache was a special, so he said it out loud, and we heard goat cheese kolache. We asked about it, and even though we explained that it wasn’t an issue and what we got was delicious, he still apologized and sent us a free cream cheese stuffed banana bread (also fantastic).

Overall

One of the best brunches I’ve been to in my life. Highly recommended to anyone, and definitely great if you’ve got a big group.

Rating: 🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾

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Shabu Shabu Reviews

Happy Shabu Shabu

happy shabu shabu

In case you’re not familiar with the concept of shabu shabu, I’ll refer you to the introduction of my review of Mums Cafe. The short version is that you get a big pot of boiling broth and a plate of raw meat, then you cook said meat in said broth and wake up the next day with meat sweats. It’s pretty great.

Happy Shabu Shabu, like Mums, does all you can eat and drink for a fixed fee, ergo its place on this site. You’ll find it in Western Addition on Fillmore between O’Farrell and Eddy.

Outside you’ll see one large picnic-style table – if you make a large (10+) reservation, this is likely where you’ll end up. Inside, you’ve got the bar and then a few tables, most of which are organized a bit strangely. They’re split in half with a big gap in the middle – this is helpful for the service staff, since they can easily get to the pot of broth without reaching over you, but it means that especially when it’s crowded, you’ll have to shout at your dinner companions on the other side.

The Bottomless

All you can eat and drink is $39.95 and includes beer (Sapporo and Asahi) and sake. You can tell the quality of the sake because rather than give it to you in its original bottle or even a ceramic sake bottle, they serve it what can be accurately described as a plastic jug. It doesn’t scream high class, but let’s be honest – you didn’t come here for an elevated dining experience. You do get to choose between warm or cold, though, so there’s that.

Two hour limit on this one, but I’ve always been borderline food comatose by the end and thus haven’t tested whether they’d enforce it. I suspect they wouldn’t if the place isn’t especially full.

The Food

Your all you can eat comes with beef, pork, veggies, noodles and chicken (but maybe don’t order a heaping plate of raw chicken). These are all fine – nothing extraordinary about them, but honestly cooking anything in a sodium-filled broth makes it delicious.

The Service

I’ve been here a few times, and it really depends on the day. Sometimes they’re well staffed and incredibly attentive. Other times they’ve been understaffed, and it was a struggle to get more food and drinks despite a fairly empty restaurant.

I came here on my birthday once with about 30 people. The owner came out with a bottle, kept repeating “fire water” in broken English and making me drink shots out of it. The rest of the night is… hazy, but I’d count that as solid hospitality.

Overall

If you can get a reservation at Mums, just go there. If you can’t, this is an acceptable substitute.

Rating: 🍜🍜🍜

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