Chickster Food Review: Justine’s Brasserie
Updated: Sep 23, 2018
I visited Justine’s Brasserie for a recent bachelorette party and was very impressed with this cozy French bistro on the east side of 5th Street.
I would revisit just for the ambiance of the outdoor seating area alone. I’m a sucker for bulb lights paired with folding chairs, mismatched marble-topped tables and the usual Austin funkiness of a restaurant built out of a 1937 bungalow, but the food is also excellent.
I had the escargots, which was easily the best I’ve ever had, and I’ve eaten it in Paris. After finishing the escargots, the leftover buttery parsley/garlic sauce was also the best thing I’ve ever dipped free French bread in aside from the olive oil they supply here as the usual dipping sauce.
For the main course, I had the crab salad, which was the most delicious crab meat I’ve ever tasted paired with the eccentric use of mint leaves. But if you get this dish, make sure you get something to go with it. It is really really small—I’m talking baseball-sized—especially for the $12 cost. For a more filling meal, I’d suggest the pork chops or an order of French onion soup, which is especially delectable here and cheap at $6.50.
This eatery also features a full bar and descent wine list, but their cocktails are tops—the Kir Royale especially.
Overall, I enjoyed the experience immensely.
Now if you go to their main website, Justines1937.com, you may be confused, because there is an artsy, film of naked women on autoplay. One customer was not a fan. Here’s Justine’s response. (Just like the “Porn?” tab.)