The wait is almost over for Savor, the Culinary Institute of America’s student-run restaurant in the Pearl. According to a release, the stylish new restaurant will greet its first guests on January 22.
Taking over the former Sandbar space at 200 E. Grayson St. #117, the eatery offers an intimate dining experience with space for around 60 people in the bar area and main dining room. The minimalist design by Austin architectural firm Clayton & Little washes the interior with pale wood, keeping the focus on the state-of-the-art open kitchen.
The full-service restaurant follows a prix fixe format with three- or four-course options. CIA students, who study global foodways as part of their curriculum, apply their knowledge with a worldly menu that travels through Europe and Asia. A selection of sides is available to supplement the main meal.
Highlights include a Berkshire pork schnitzel served with apple, grilled lemon, and a cucumber-dill salad; scallop and saffron risotto with black soy beans; and spicy steak tartare with chipotle, quail egg, capers, mustard, and yucca chips. Intriguing sweets like a dark chocolate balsamic cake topped with strawberries and lemon-basil ice cream round out the offerings.
The bar bites, available a la carte, feature bold flavors that hold up to potent classic cocktails like gin and vodka martinis, daiquiris, Negronis, and Manhattans. Chili paste wings are freshened with a vibrant Japanese cucumber salad. Shrimp toast, made with polenta cakes instead of bread, gets its kick from a briny tomato-olive relish.
Guests can also sip from a small, but varied wine list. Like the food, the bottles have an international flavor, spanning Spain, Italy, France, California, and the Hill Country. Texas beers are also on tap in cans, bottles, and on draft. Designated drivers will appreciate the mocktails made with freshly squeezed juices.
Starting January 22, Savor will be open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Exact hours will be finalized after the soft opening.