Le Politique is the New Waterloo’s (Café No Se, Central Standard, Sway, La Condesa) newest addition to the 2nd street downtown district, dining area and right underneath the Northshore Apartments. There is nothing I love more than going to a restaurant opening, seeing a new space’s design, taking in the vibe, smells, imagery, and type of guest in attendance. Le Politique is one of the biggest openings of this past fall and also a gigantic space to fill. From the outside, you’ll see hot pink and navy blue wicker chairs that look like Serena & Lilly. The entry way and marbled raw bar with more cute, wicker stools captures you immediately and draws you in to a “feel good space.” Once you enter the main dining room, however, it kind of looks like they ran out of money to completely furnish fine tables that match the appeal in the first room. It’s a little dry in comparison, but the large dining room is still fun to look around and you can see every table and every guest no matter where you are seated if you are into people watching like me.
I loved the shrimp and oysters to start. Great size of each of these shellfish babies. The French Onion Soup is thinner than most I’ve had, and I’m not complaining. It is also very hard to find a good salad at a restaurant that is worth ordering, so make sure you don’t skip out on the beet salad which will hopefully come back when in season. Keep to appetizers, wine and dessert or go for the Roasted Half Chicken if you are looking for an entree. The bird is served with pureé de pommes de terre aliogot style which is a little too gummy for me. One thing you cannot walk out with is the warm Madeleines which are lemon cakes made to order. The large bowl of mini cakes are soft, just the right amount of tartness and pair deliciously with an ice cream of the day.
Le Politique is an ideal go-to spot to grab happy hour after work or to pre-game before an ACL Live show, but I think I prefer the brunch more! The patisserie is full of homemade breads from Croissants to Cinnamon Rolls to Kouign Amann. We had the Almond Croissant stuffed with raspberry jelly which I was surprised by, but it was still a delight! The Galette Norvégienne which is an ale and buckwheat crepe, smoked salmon, gruyere, spinach, sunny egg, and last but not least a caper-dill sauce. This is the best dish on the menu and my favorite thing in the entire restaurant! We also dug into the Short Rib and Oxtail Hash of the Day which was heartier and served with a sunny egg and country toast.
When you need a spot downtown or a new brunch discovery after you’ve attacked every breakfast taco truck in Austin, Le Politique is the move.