Wine Dine and Play: August 2015

Benji’s Cantina

Austin, Texas, USA
Damn Good Tex-Mex
Dined in March 2015



My week of touring Austin was better than I could have imagined, seeing some wonderful sights the city had to offer as well as dining at some fantastic spots. I told my girlfriend who had lived in Austin for nine years that I was looking for a good place to have a later lunch that was traditional Tex-Mex, the real deal. So after touring Mount Bonnell and the Brigadier General John C. L. Scribner Texas Military Forces Museum (fantastic by the way, add this to your list) it was now time for some Tex-Mex at Benji’s Cantina, and I was not disappointed. Great location surrounded by other good restaurants to include Bess Bistro.


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Review basics:

Overall Star rating by Wine, Dine, & Play:
3 of 5
Quality of food:
7 of 10
Presentation:
8 of 10
Wine selections by region:


Scroll below the main review section to see the tasting notes of the wines chosen.


5 of 10
Old world: 
France
A). Loire: (Sancerre, & Saumur, Vouvray, & Chinon). 
B). Other: Champagne, Lirac,  Languedoc-Roussillon, Côtes de Provence,
Spain:, Ribera del Duero, & La Rioja
Italy: Veneto, Toscana
New World: 
Argentina: Mendoza, San Juan, & La Rioja, Patagonia, Uco Valley, & Northwestern 
New Zealand
A). Marlborough: (Wairau Valley, Awetere Valley, Waihopi Valley)
    California: Sonoma, Napa
Washington State: Columbia Valley
Texas: Texas High Plains,

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Customer service:
6 of 10
Ambiance:
7 of 10
Corkage fee’s:
American Restaurant standard is $25.00 per bottle
Restaurant style:
Casual
Dress code:
Casual, or Conservative attire
Reservations:
Not Required, But Recommended 
Make reservation through opentable.com, or by contacting the restaurant directly. See contact info below the review section
Walk-in:
Accepted
Child policy:


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Cuisine style:
Contemporary, Modern, Lounge, American, Tex-Mex, Seafood, Mexican, & Vegetarian
Music styles:
Hispanic inside, and Hip Hop on the patio
Experiences:
Place for foodies, Business parties, Hot spot, Great bar, Great outdoor dining, Good for special occasions, Beautiful décor, Rustic, Trendsetting, Tourist grabber, and a Neighborhood gem.
Gratuities:
Industry standard is 18-20% added to parties of 6 or more
Payments:
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Parking:
Public lot, or Street Parking
Transport options:
Bus, taxi, limousine, personal vehicle, and walking
Wifi
The restaurants reviewed on this site may have Wi-Fi, but do not require you to go online, because the excitement of the food and wine alone will keep you too entertained instead of checking your social media and emails.
Noise level:
Medium
Smoking:
Nonsmoking restaurant, and nonsmoking patio
Patio:
Yes

Food price per person 
(Excluding tax & gratuity)


Price chart:
$£€¥ -               Under 50.00 
$£€¥ x 2 -          Under 75.00 
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 

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My food bill:
Currency:
Price chart:
$45.00
United States Dollar (USD)
$
£29.00
Great Britain Pound Sterling (GBP)
£
€41.00
European Union (EUR)
$59.00
Canadian Dollar (CAN)
$$
$62.00
Australian Dollar (AUS)
$$
¥276.00
Chinese Yuan (CNY)  
¥¥¥¥
  

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From restaurants home page:

Benji’s Cantina offers a fresh, innovative approach to Tex-Mex. An ingenious mix of seafood and Mexican influences dominates the menu. With the house specialty fajitas,we use the best traditional recipes, sourcing the highest quality ingredients available. Our guests can also expect perfectly blended margaritas, an extensive tequila and mescal selection and innovative cocktails. Whether its happy hour after work or your next special occasion, Benji’s has you covered. The downstairs bar and lounge face the bustling street scene, which makes a picture perfect first impression, with community tables that provide ample seating. Located in the lively West 6th street district, Benji’s can also be utilized for private functions and can hold up to 170 people for seated dinner and up to 300 in a cocktail reception style setting.


Main review:

Real Tex-Mex, I had been waiting for so long to try it, and now I was finally here to give it a whirl so to speak. I was a very nice spring day in Austin and after doing some touring, I came across Benji’s Cantina, and sat on their patio to enjoy the nice breeze and temperatures. As in most normal Mexican restaurants the starter included some chips with salsa. Homemade corn tortilla’s and very nice and slight spiced salsa had me either from hunger or just from the sweet taste devouring the entire basket, and requesting seconds as I looked over the menu.

From their appetizer selections it was very hard to choose. Of course they had a Queso dip, guacamole, and more salsa selections, but two things caught my eye, and those being the Japanese Shishito Peppers and the Ceviche del Dia, or Ceviche of the day. The server recommended the Ceviche which for this day was a flounder, with blood orange, ginger, with corn and red onions. Extremely wonderful flavor and great way to start. 

It was mid afternoon and my girlfriend and were planning a dinner, so I didn’t want to eat that much, but the server again sold me on a nice size entree. They had a variety of soups, sandwiches and Especials De LA Casa, and I was nearly sold on the Carne Tacos de Res, until the server said fajitas. Now typically I’m not a really big fajita fan, but had expressed to the server earlier that I wanted the best and most authentic the restaurant had to offer. So with that, under the Fajita Section was a special selection of mix fajitas that had beef, pork sausage, and quail. When you think of fajita you think of basic beef, chicken, and shrimp, but the meat on this plate was much better and higher in quality, and the quail was mouthwateringly good.


The presentation of the dish was in a large black square container with handles on either side and the restaurant logo animal engraved into it. The inside bottom was where charcoals were kept to keep the meat and vegetables sizzling throughout the meal, and be warned not to touch the outside of the container without burning yourself.  The top of the container along the edges had Austin, Texas engraved into it.

The meat was so tender, homemade corn tortillas were provided along with the usual accompaniments of cheese, sour cream, and salsa. Of course I added some guacamole as I love avocado. 



This Restaurant reminds me of:

This was a fantastic experience in Austin Tex Mex, the atmosphere, service, and food stood out for. Most of the meals during my trip to Austin were excellent, but this one will be remembered as being in the top group of favorites. The experience reminds me of two other restaurants in the past that I visited called the Harvest Moon Cafe in Sonoma, California, and Tapas 218 in Canton, Ohio

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Restaurant address:
716 W. 6th St.
Austin, TX 78703






Neighborhood:
Downtown

Cross streets:
West Ave & Rio Grande Street 

GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 30.274908
Longetude: -97.760495


Contact Information: 

Maître d, Reservations:
+1 512 476 TACO (7226)
Restaurant Website:
Email:
Online Reservations :
Social Media:


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Hours:

Lunch: 
Mon-Sat: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm 

Dinner:

Monday
4:00–11:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00–11:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00–11:00 pm
Thursday
4:00–11:00 pm
Friday
4:00–12:00 am
Saturday
4:00–12:00 am
Sunday
Brunch 10:30 - 3:00 
  
Standard Time (GMT -6:00)








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Kuneho (Formally Qui Restaurant)









** Owner and celebrity chef Paul Qui has revised the Qui restaurant concept to cater more to the Japanese style with a focus on sushi and renamed the location Kuneho, which is also now permanently closed. **










Upscale Space For Modern Global Plates
Austin, Texas, USA
Cuisine Style: Eclectic, global
Average Price: $$$$
Overall Rating: 5/5
Dined in: March 2015
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
**A full article and index glossary of restaurants, wines, recipes and travel for 
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Kuneho Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 


Executive Chef:
Paul Qui














Chef de Cuisine:
Jorge Hernandez
Proprietor / Manager:
Charlotte Robertson
Sommelier:
Rachel del Rocco


In the 6th Street district neighborhood of downtown Austin, there is a vibrant up and coming area with lots of construction projects, but most importantly it has what Austin is known for, damn good food. From Franklin Barbecue famous from the movie Chef to here at Qui, (pronounced Key), now renamed Kuneho and a contender to the top 100 restaurants in the United States. Though this article focuses on the visit and concepts of Qui, the Kuneho brand and style has also been adapted and comparisons are made as well. This was the second restaurant on two continents that I had visited this month named “key,” though with two very different spellings. Qui Restaurant here in Austin,  with a very amusingly art designed web page with Estelle Getty from the 1992 movie “Stop Or My mom will Shoot,” and the second being Quay in Sydney, Australia, a top 100 world restaurant, and #1 rated restaurant in all Australia, which Qui is in line to one day becoming, as you will read about on the review below.  

Menu:  
    • Qui pre-fixe
    • Kuneho:
    • Perfect Bites
    • Nigiri / Sashimi
    • Cold
    • Eat with your hands
    • Rice
    • $5 Hand Rolls
    • Sweets

Restaurant Qui is a tasting menu restaurant only, besides a small selection of Pulutan Cuisine from the Philippines. Half of the restaurant to include the entrance is a built-in patio partially opened walls, and ceiling, with the remainder being a normal dining room completely indoors. The service and bar staff are top notch, with one lead server being a Captain at Alinea in Chicago, the number one rated restaurant in the world by Elite Traveler. My wife and I started at the bar where she enjoyed a margarita on the menu called Nancy, and I had a 15-year-old single malt whiskey called Nikka 15 Yoichi, produced near the city of Sapporo, Japan on the island of Hokkaido.

The Nancy margarita

We were seated on the edge of the enclosed portion of the restaurant to the patio so we could enjoy the nice breeze but still felt the cool air from the inside if the wind died down and hot Austin spring crept in. With our tasting menus, we also chose the wine tastings to pear with each menu. My wife, even though she wasn’t a vegetarian, tried the vegetarian menu while I had the regular menu, so we could each share bites from each other's plates. Our first wine pairings were a Non-Vintage La guita Manzanilla Sherry Palomino, from Jerez, Spain which paired with my wife's first course of a caramelized onion jus, a cow and goats milk Valdeón blue cheese, ciabatta croutons, Spanish Montilla Region Amontillado Sherry gelee, with sprigs of thyme. A very nice palate opening delight, with a very flavorful blue cheese, and mildly pungent. The sherry according to the maker was very fresh on the nose, aromas from the aging, candied fruit, floral notes, and almond nuances. Light, flavorful and very aromatic, fresh and persistent.
Caramelized onion with cheese

My wine selection was a Non-Vintage Virtue Sidra de Nava from Michigan which the winemakers' notes say is a lemony nose and bracingly tart dry finish are a happy intersection of cider, dry white wine and fresh squeezed lemonade, more tart than the dry ciders of England or funky cider from France. This cider was a perfect match for the San Marcona Almond Gazpacho, with shaved foie gras, and Pedro Ximénez Sherry gelee. The almonds were shaved versus sliced, and the Gazpacho flavor was just outstanding.

Almond Gazpacho

For the second course, my wife’s dish was a green onion crème fraîche with lettuce, swiss chard, diced apple, and pine nut butter served with a non-vintage glass of Tintero “Grangia” secco, from Piedmont, Italy. This wine according to the winemaker was a blend of 50% indigenous Favorita, 25% Moscato, 20% Arneis and 5% Chardonnay, the pale straw-colored Grangia sports an intentional dose of trapped CO2. Herbal, lemony and chalky on the nose, then revives and refreshes on the palate with lemon, lime and tangerine fruit complemented by suggestions of hops, musk, cardamom pods and tarragon. Dry on the finish, the wine adds electric limestone minerality alongside notes of beeswax, clover honey, and lemon thyme.
Green onion crème fraîche salad

For my course, there was a small serving of skipjack tuna crudo raw," with carrots, yellow onion twists, and flowers served with a  2014 Greek Sigalas Assyrtiko, from Santorini Island. Fermentation is in stainless steel tanks under controlled temperature with a depth of flavor and an acidity which brings the flavors to the fore and adds freshness, with a lasting mineral after-taste.
Skipjack tuna crudo

For the Third course, the wine tasting for my wife was a 2013  Brooks Winery “Amycas”, Pinot Blanc blend, from Willamette Valley, Oregon, and my tasting was a Japanese beer called Hitachino Nest white ale, Ibaraki, which I had tasted before from a restaurant wine list and beer a few years earlier. It is a Belgian Style beer with scenting of nutmeg and coriander. The tasting for my wife included a miso, with brown butter, sunchoke, also known as a Jerusalem artichoke topped with green curry, and smoked egg yolk.  To go with my beer, the course presented was a fried chicken breast, over smoked oyster aioli, Sal de Gusano, and an egg yolk custard. Sal de Gusano is a sea salt mixed with agave worms from tequila, and chile costeño.

The fourth-course presentation wise, was the best course of the evening for not just me, but my wife as well. Her tasting was a charred scallion, with braised daikon, toasted sesame seed, sweet tasting black garlic, and a garnish of seaweeds, served with a glass of 2013 Scholium Project “Naucratis," Verdelho, from Clarksburg, California. Verdelho is a Portuguese white grape with surprising warm-weather acidity. 
Table-side char presentation on Binchō-tan charcoal
Charred scallion, with braised daikon

My tasting selection was a 2013 Hanzell “Sebella,” Chardonnay, from Sonoma, with brilliant aromas of tangerine, beeswax, chamomile and wet stone combine with our signature floral scent reminiscent of honeysuckle and jasmine. Pink grapefruit, pear, and apricot expand out over the rich, viscous mid-palate, paired with a yellowtail which was seared on Binchō-tan charcoal, with midorizu, oil drops, garnish and flowers.

The fifth course or the mushrooms course as I like to call it had wine tastings including a Spanish d. Ventura “vina do burato”, Mencia, Ribeira Sacra, for my wife which according to the winemaker is a light in aspect with floral and fresh aromas and the palate is medium bodied with rose petal and red fruit flavors framed with fresh tannins. This wine went well with her tasting of trumpet royale, hedgehog, and black trumpets, with a Beurre monté magic butter emulsion, which was used on a dish when I went to The French Laundry in 2013. To finish her dish there were garnishes of a Japanese Yamaimo plant and shavings from a North American balsam fir Christmas tree. 
Mushroom tasting

An Italian non-vintage Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco, Emilia-Romagna was my next wine which has an intense color, with dense aromas of currant and blackberry. It was rich on the palate but balanced acidity and was served with pork blood, maitake mushrooms, sunchokes, Brussel sprouts, and pickled garlic.
Pickled garlic with pork blood

Texas and the Philippines were the themes of the final entree courses before desserts came out. For my wife, it was a course of Filipino peanut curry, with cubed kimchi, very light in flavor, unlike most pungent Korean kimchi. Finishing up the plate with some radish, cilantro, and Japanese Koshihikari rice, which went with a tasting of a 2011 Portuguese ‘Veedha' (means life) Red Douro. According to the winemaker, it is a blend of red Douro varieties with the Veedha (means life) is sweet and spicy with plump briary fruits, sarsaparilla, plush chocolaty/mocha and crushed flowers on the nose. On the palate was sweet ripe fruits, fine spice, cherry, and mocha. Supple and generous with a long smooth finish.
Filipino peanut curry

The Texas course for me represented a Texas wagyu short rib, with daikon radish, leeks, nori seaweed, and a light kimchee broth severed with a 2012 Perrin et Fils Côtes du Rhône reserve from Château de Beaucastel, which by far was my favorite wine of the night, but then again I’m partial to the Rhone Valley wines. It was a Grenache-Syrah Blend. Still slightly lactic, the nose has intense notes of red fruit, raspberry jam, spices, and black pepper. On the palate it is soft and round, structured with freshness according to the winemakers' notes.
Texas wagyu short rib

Dessert:
The final course marking a closed end to a wonderful evening at a spectacular restaurant, and a great date night for my wife as I, ended with us sharing each other desserts beyond that of just a small bite as we had done on the previous five courses. These desserts were a coconut fig caramel, topped with goat milk ice cream, and a coffee cashew semifreddo. The second dessert was a Spanish crema montada, (whipped cream) served over a carrot, apricot, spiced cake, and a caramelized white chocolate shaved topping. The final dessert beverages with these courses were an Italian Amaro Montenegro, from Bologna, a liquor with over 40 herbal flavors infused, and a Belgian beer called Von Honsebrouck Kasteel Rouge, (Castle Brewery) in the municipality of Ingelmunster. 
Coconut fig caramel 
Spanish crema montada

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European Union: 
Italy: 
United States: 


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Final notes, review basics, observations and more pictures:

Most reviews are subjective, depending on the writer; but they should also be responsible, and respectfully written, upholding the truth, and accurately conveying the experience to the best of the writer's knowledge, even if it includes metaphors the restaurant may not like to read about. My ratings are by the stars I award (from 0 to 5). The rating is calculated on a point accumulation of six separate factors based on individual experience. They include wine and other beverage selections, plate presentation, customer service, restaurant or café ambiance, food quality, and wow factor. To see more details of this rating list, read this article:

Overall from this experience and the score factors outlined in the ‘about page’ section, based on my individual experience and rating, I give Qui a 5 out of 5 stars, meaning that they not only exceeded my expectations and were far above the average dining experience of most restaurants, but they surpassed outstanding and were extraordinary.
Scores are detailed in the factor chart below:

Formula Factor Conclusions and Overall Ratings
Max Points Possible:
Total Points Awarded:
Total Points deducted:
Ambiance
10
10
0
Food quality
10
10
0
Plate presentation
9
9
0
Customer service
9
8
1
Alcohol and other beverages
10
10
0
Total regular points awarded
48
47
1
Total percentage Before Bonus

0.979166666666667

“Wow” factor BONUS
5
3
0
Total bonus percentage

0.0625

Total percentage with a bonus for the final star rating

1.04166666666667

Stars Awarded (see chart below)
             0 - 5
5

**A full break down and explanation of the observations and point disbursement is available in the linked article above. To receive a detailed copy of your score, feel free to contact me at any time and I will provide it to you.**


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Overall Star Rating:
5 of 5 Stars: 
104% Rating with a 3 point “wow” bonus
An Extraordinary Dining Experience
Wine List:
Wine rating:
8 of 10
Old World selections: 
Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain

New World selections: 
Argentina, Australia, California,  Japan, New Zealand, Michigan, Oregon, South Africa, Texas
Corkage fee’s:
No outside bottles allowed
Restaurant style:
Conservative dining
Cuisine style:
Eclectic, Global, Molecular
Allergen or dietary accommodations: 
Farm to Fork, Gluten Free, Grass Fed, Local, Low Carb, Organic, Pescatarian, Sustainable, Vegetarian, and Vegan Options
Reservations:
Not Required, But Recommended
Walk-Ins:
Accepted, but not guaranteed
Dress code:
Smart casual or Conservative attire
Child policy:


The Restaurants reviewed on this site may have a kids menu or cater to them; however, for full enjoyment of food and wine, it is recommended that kids not to be in attendance, unless they have been trained in proper etiquette. 
If not then:
Hire a Babysitter! 
Experiences:
Place for foodies, Modern, Trendy, Business parties, Romantic, Hotspot, Great bar, Great outdoor dining, Good for special occasions, Intimate, and a Neighborhood Gem.
Payments:
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Parking:
Street meter parking
Wifi
The restaurants reviewed on this site may have Wi-Fi, but do not require you to go online, because the excitement of the food and wine alone will keep you too entertained instead of checking your social media and emails.
Noise level:
Medium
Smoking:
Nonsmoking restaurant, and nonsmoking patio
Patio or terrace:
Yes




Food Prices 
(excludes, alcohol, taxes & 20% gratuity’s)

$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricey)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)


**Currencies reflect the world’s major travelers, restaurant, or wine connoisseur’s**

Currency:
Price
United States Dollar (USD)
$$
Great Britain Pound Sterling (GBP)
£££££
Canadian Dollar (CAN)
$$$
Chinese Yuan (CNY)  
¥¥¥¥¥
European Union (EUR)
€€€€€

 Alcohol prices:

$45.00 USD per person
Qui prices:
Tasting Menu $65.00
Vegetarian Tasting Menu $55.00
Kuneho is now $110.00 per person



Qui - Now Called Kuneho:

1600 East 6th Street
Austin, Texas 
78702




Contact Information: 
Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
+1 512-436-9626
Online reservations
Email Contact:
Serving hours:
Eastern Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC - 5:00)

Dinner: Mon-Thur
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri-Sat:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm 
Closed Sunday

Social Media 
Accolades:
Facebook link                





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The worlds best restaurants is a subjective list of who is writing it and changes on a regular basis. The Wine Dine and Play best experiences are based on my highest rated stared restaurants, meaning that the visit was an outstanding or extraordinary experience. From cafés, chains, mom + pops, hole in the walls, to fine dining including a few Michelin spots. Visit the Top 100 page to see the entire list.

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Other Pictures:

Patio portion of the dining room
Dining room 
Hitachino Nest Belgian-style white ale
Fried chicken over smoked oyster aioli
Japanese Koshihikari rice
Petit fours
Coffee in a squirrel cup

“Culinary perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, 
But in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”

-Angelique Arnauld (1591-1661)


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