New French restaurant Le Vacher is now open in Dripping Springs at 136 Drifting Wind Run, Suite 101, as of Friday, August 7, from owner and executive chef Jacob Euler. The restaurant is only open for dine-in services for now, with its takeout menu to launch within the next few weeks.
The menu makes use of whole cows and other animals (the name is French for “the cowherd”). There’s a section mixing and matching meat cuts with sauces and optional add-ons (think striploin pave with au poivre and crab oscar or rack of lamb with sauce verte and seared foie). Other potential entrees include wagyu burgers, cassoulet, and bouillabaisse. Snacks and appetizers include chicken boudin, steak tartare, and grilled skewers, along with tomatoes with goat cheese, charred carrots with a curry yogurt, and breads.
There will be desserts from executive pastry chef Nicholas Pine. For drinks, there’s wine and cocktails, including classics like sazeracs and Negronis, along with seasonal and frozen options. Later on, brunch and lunch hours will be added, featuring sandwiches on baguettes and tarte flambee.
Euler helms from Washington, D.C. Previously, he worked as the executive pastry sous chef at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, under chef Joël Robuchon, developed the opening pastry programs at D.C. restaurants Arroz and Requin at the Wharf, and was a line cook at chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons in Virginia. Pine also worked under Robuchon as the pastry sous chef, and spent some time at at Falls Church, Virginia restaurant 2941.
Le Vacher’s space features indoor and outdoor seating, along with an open kitchen. The restaurant is adhering to COVID-19 safety regulations. This means social distancing tables and requiring that staffers and guests wear masks (the latter when not seated at tables). If an employee tests positive for the virus, the restaurant would close for an overnight deep-clean.
Le Vacher’s hours are from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and then from 5 to 11 p.m.
Note: Currently, Le Vacher is only open for dine-in service, and there are still safety concerns surrounding indoor dining in Austin. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the City of Austin website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.