Sway, one of Eater Austin's most-anticipated fall restaurants, will officially be a most-anticipated winterish restaurant: chef Rene Ortiz and his team announced today that they will open up on December 9th. Eater talked to owner Jesse Herman—he's also one of the guys behind La Condesa, where Ortiz is also executive chef—back in August about his plans for the restaurant, and he had this to say about Ortiz: "René thinks his Thai food is better than his Mexican food, and I tend to agree."
The menu? Australian-influenced Thai cuisine, available online here. Nothing on the lunch or dinner menu, which includes stir fry, grilled entrees, wok noodles and rice dishes, is over $19 (apart from select market-priced items, prices TBD), and seven- and ten-course "chef's tasting" meals are $35 and $45. That makes Sway notably cheaper than neighboring (and more casual) Elizabeth Street Cafe, cheftrepreneur Larry McGuire's foray into Americanized Vietnamese cuisine and home to that notorious $22 bowl of pho.
The decor? Largely under wraps for now, but there's a sneak peek of the details.