Tucson Restaurant: Agustin Brasserie
It’s been a long time coming. The space located in the NW corner of Mercado San Agustin was formerly supposed to be Casa Marita, the other half of Casa Vicente, Tucson’s best and only authentically Spanish restaurant. Vicente is the husband and Marita the wife who happens to be from Argentina. Casa Marita would have been an Argentine restaurant. Sigh.
After they bailed, Agustin Brasserie was born.
What’s a brasserie? How does it differ from a bistro? Is it simply semantics? The folks at Chowhound chime in and I have yet to talk to the owners as to what their concept is so stay tuned. How do you define brasserie?
Speaking of the owners – Glen Stosious & investor Alan Weinstein. You may recognize Glen as he was former manager at RA Sushi, La Encantada.
Last Friday night some stylish Tucson movers and shakers descended on Agustin for a sneak peek and sampling. The room is spacious, casual, minimalist, and noisy – part modern and part vintage with romantic chic lighting. It’s all about the lighting and of course, the food and drink.
The sample menu boasts country pate, sea bass carpaccio, grilled octopus, vichyssoise and more in the “hors d’oeuvres” side of the menu. Entrees list the burger with frites, steak with frites, daily whole grilled fish, roast chicken, duck confit, grilled lamb chops, and a few more items. Nothing for vegetarians but perhaps a plate of frites and seasonal grilled vegetables can be whipped up.
Then there’s the cocktails – Prosecco is a prominent ingredient as well as Sapphire gin and simple syrup – a nice list – Tartlet, Pisco Sour, Big Easy and more enticing sips. The refreshing Pimm’s Cup will seduce me on a warm summer night.
A new restaurant is a huge undertaking. In the future, it will be the final trolley stop but now it’s slightly west of downtown and west of the I-10 Congress freeway exit. As always Circle of Food suggests supporting small locally owned restaurants especially new restaurants. Don’t wait for a review, create your own and then tell your friends.
The Santa Cruz River Farmers Market is held in this location on Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m.