Chronicle critic Brandon Watson visited the updated Chicon, and found himself overall pleased by what he found. Andrew Wiseheart and company exchanged predecessor Gardner’s higher-minded menu and simple design for a more Austin-approachable restaurant with sneaky elevated details thrown in:
Like roti, that flatbread is a suitable base for all manners of topping. Wrapped around the crunch of beer-battered fish ($6) with shaved cabbage and tobiko roe, it reinvents the fish taco. Wrapped around helium-light pea falafel ($11) and spread with curry-spiced carrot puree, it gives new vigor to the falafel wrap.
Desserts are strong (he recommends the lighter coconut cake), and drinks are just as inventive. While he'll still miss Gardner, Chicon will do just as well.
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