Austin >Food & Dining > Corazon
1101 W Fifth St, Austin, TX | Directions 7870330.271084 -97.756781
Neighborhoods: Old West Austin
Tucked into an old, south Austin home with candles, wrought iron, and Mexican art aplenty, Corazon is a relaxing little oasis on South Lamar, with a menu that's equally soothing. No molecular gastronomy here, just classic southwestern fare with fancy, Bobby Flay-esque flourishes: A roasted pork and green chili soup, duck breast over black Thai curry sauce, and my personal favorite, the peanut butter pie.
Everything was fine but for the price point I would not return – Day- Thursday around 6:30 PM
Appetizer- fried goat cheese- average
Dinner- steak- good, the filling is what made the steak, 5 oz
- shrimp pasta - shrimp was slightly undercooked and flavors melded better as leftovers
Dessert- chocolate torte- very bitter chocolate if that's what you like
I was generally underwhelmed with the food and the atmosphere was average.
Perfect food from appetizer to desert – We recently had our rehearsal dinner here, and every guest is raving about the quality of the food. Usually, when restaurants cook for a large number of people, the quality of the food is compromised. At Castle Hill, they were able to cook every beef tenderloin and fish to perfection and that is a real feat. Nothing was overdone, soggy, or stale like the food we have had at parties at other nice establishments. My parents are already planning to have future dinner parties there.
disappointing – I used to love this restaurant but I'm starting to wonder if it is going downhill. I went this past Tuesday night and asked what entree salad the waitress recommended. She said the Spicy Szechuan "Hacked" Chicken Salad was one of the most popular so I ordered it. Terrible. Dry, dry, dry chicken. Barely any corn relish. Way too many field greens and very little dressing. Only one little fried dumpling which was tasteless. Not sure I'll be back for some time.
Bother them more! – Great food, best I've had in Austin so far! Great service, food serves up relatively fast. Nice ambience.
Don't Bother – We went to Castle Hill for Easter Brunch and could not have been more disappointed. It was our first time at this restaurant and had heard good things about it. I'm sure this added to our disappointment. First, the decor is extremely casual -- a small step up from Kirby Lane Cafe. Next - the "brunch" menu had not one brunch item on it. It was all lunch/dinner fare. Their Easter Brunch was advertised as just that - so we were disappointed to find that brunch was not offered on their menu. I guess they just consider brunch to be the time of day. Our food was okay. The prime rib was very fatty and our waitress actually brought one of us the wrong dish -- didn't get it fixed either. They bill themselves as "casual fine dining". I guess it's like those apartment buildings that call themselves "Luxury Apartments." There are much better options in Austin. Don't waste your time (or money) on Castle Hill.
Wonderful value. Menu posted online !! – First off, my deepest sympathy to "halobender" for apparently being born without tastebuds. This might be the best restaurant in Austin. If you take a client there, ask for the sale when they take a bite of the duck sausage gumbo. Something similar will happen to you like the restaurant scene from "When Harry Met Sally" and you will close the deal. Good place to take a date. Once again, an incredible value for my dining dollar. Stupendous food without the pretense. Waiting area a little tight, but that is a distant memory when you take a bite out of their peanut butter pie and you realize you have forgotten your name.
Austin Stoner Food... – What's 'Austin Stoner Food'? It's food prepared by someone who thinks more is better. Let's make a filet mignon with mashed potatoes and veggies. Now, let's put some blue cheese on the meat. Hey, let's put some sweet potato on there too. Hey, let's throw an enchilada on the plate and maybe a samosa too! Now, let's throw a few more flavors and elements on the plate just ?cause I?m stoned and it sounds good?
Okay, seriously, my main criticism is, that while bold, the plates overwhelm the palate with too many, not necessarily harmonious elements and lack sophistication.
My favorite part of dining here is the very reasonable wine list. I?ve found the service good as well. I should add I did like it as a lunch spot. Even the ?1000 flavor salad? I had (don?t remember which one I really had).
Bold and Exciting Flavors – Castle Hill is aptly named...a culinary fortress towering high above the other Austin restaurants. Christopher Lyttle is one of the most inventive chefs I have encountered anywhere...his knack for inventing bold flavor combinations that are strikingly intricate and multilayered far surpasses any other chef in Austin...without even a hint of trendiness. It's all about the food, Mabel!
In New York, D.C., or Los Angeles, you'd have to pay double the price and settle for half the food quality that Castle Hill consistently delivers time after time. The menu changes bi-weekly and the only sadness is that you may have to wait for your favorites to rotate back through.
The current menu (Oct 15, 2006) features an amazing sole filet cooked en papillote (in parchment paper) basking in a subtle blend of mint, basil, butter, and house-made crystallized lemon peel resting happily on perfectly cooked zucchini rounds...without the sweetness of the fish being overpowered by any ingredient.
Also featured is a chicken and pork filled Asian-style dumpling with a homemade spicy hoisin glaze--that's right, they ferment their own soy beans and make the hoisin sauce from scratch!
Chris's chicken mole poblano enchiladas may be the finest I have ever tasted, and I consider myself a major mole afficianado. Manuels' mole has been dropped a notch to #2. There's a subtle balance between the heat of the ancho, pasilla, and guajillo peppers, the toasted and ground sesame seeds, and a slight fruit component (traditionally raisins) yet to be identified.
The flavor is bold and spicy with some chile heat balanced by sweetness and a smoky sesame quality.
I am not easily won over by a restaurant, being a talented amateur chef on my own...trust me, the food quality and flavors will win you over as well...not to mention the exceptional service and cozy atmosphere.
I dare any restaurant in Austin to touch this place...at even double the price!
Great food, good ambience, corkage fee! – What a great find... Castle Hill Cafe is a bit deceiving from the road, but inside you will find a quaint restaurant full of surprises. First off, they allow for a corkage fee, which is quite nice-- bring your own wine. The menu offers enough to choose from without being overwhelming. The crab cakes are excellent for an appetizer! Entrees are equally as delicious, but the true HIT for the evening was the amazingly intoxicating Creme Brulee... we were fighting for bites! All in all a great date spot or place to dine comfortably and affordably with close friends. LOVE it, and can't wait to go back.
great service – Castle Hill has great, attentive waiters that listen and serve your special requests. They have a wonderful wine selection. The Rieseling was great since the meal was spicy. Although the food was wonderful, I felt like it was a small selection to choose from and some of the combinations didn't look to appealing because they were too funky. Overall, it has a great atmosphere and staff.
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