The Four Seasons Hotel is debuting its revamped restaurant, with a new name, this week at 98 San Jacinto Boulevard in downtown Austin. Now called Ciclo, the menu will feature dishes with Latin influences from powerhouse chef Richard Sandoval. The restaurant opens on this Thursday, September 27.
The restaurant pairs Sandoval, the prolific chef and restauranteur from Mexico City who runs 45 restaurants across the globe, with the the chef de cuisine of the hotel’s previous restaurant, James Flowers. While Flowers is actually running the kitchen, Sandoval will be making appearances on occasion.
The broad menu of Ciclo will offer dishes like oxtail bone marrow empanadas, Carolina gold rice croquettes, and hickory-smoked prime ribeyes.
Desserts from pastry chef Amanda Pallagi-Naim seem like quite the show, including a blackberry vanilla nest and Texas bourbon bon bons served in a smoke-filled lantern.
Elsewhere in the hotel, the revamped Lobby Bar is now the Live Oak, offering an all-day food menu with items like duck confit flautas and salmon belly dumplings. Both the restaurant and bar serve cocktails, and the bar will also serve coffee, pastries, and breakfast tacos starting in 2019. Ciclo will serve breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner.
The hotel closed Trio in July of this year to begin renovations. Initially, the new restaurant was to be called The Arborist, but with Sandoval’s additions to the menu, that was changed to reflect the Latin influence and focus on the seasons.
This article has been updated to reflect the correct name of the Four Seasons’ chef de cuisine.