Fish and Chips at Full English

Posted on 25 March 2014

The Austin Monthly featuring our fish and chips is now on news stands, with a beautiful picture- if it comes up online too, we’ll link it here :)

Meanwhile, if you haven’t been before, here is everything you need to know about fish and chips at Full English:

We ONLY serve fish and chips on Friday evenings, from 6-9pm. (The rest of the time, we serve everything else on our menu here but NOT fish and chips!)

When we are serving fish and chips, our entire (very small) kitchen is dedicated to doing that, so our all-day breakfast menu is NOT available on Friday nights.

We do not sell wine or beer, but we are BYOB so please feel free to bring your own, for no extra charge :)

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First, you need to line up at the counter to make your order. You can find yourself a table, and your food will be brought out as soon as it is ready. All our food is hand cooked to order, so there may be a waiting time. We will let you know how long you can expect to wait when you make your order, but if the cafe is full, waits may be long and tables may be in short supply.

Thanks very much for reading, and see you at Full English!

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Valentine’s Dinner at Full English

Posted on 1 February 2014

Full English presents a deliciously indulgent Valentine’s Dinner this year, on Saturday February 15th, 6-9pm. Last year’s Valentine’s Dinner was a lovely candlelit evening of fabulosity, so book your table now for this extra special of special dinners. And don’t forget to bring your own Champagne- we’re still BYOB!

To book, email alice@fullenglishfood.com, phone the cafe during our opening hours on 512-240-2417, or come in and talk to us!

Full English Cafe Valentine’s Dinner Menu
Three courses: $25 / Four courses $30 / Five courses $35

Starters:
Champagne Brie and Cream Cheese on crostini w/ strawberries and a balsamic reduction
Marinated flank steak with Gloucester chive cheese and horseradish cream on baguette

Soups:
French Onion with Gruyere Toast
Cream of Mushroom with a Brandy Reduction

Salads:
Spinach Salad: goat cheese and almonds with a hot bacon dressing
Wedge: Red onion, bacon, roasted tomatoes, applewood smoked salt with Gorgonzola vinaigrette

Entrees:
Beef Stroganoff with egg noodles and a smokey paprika sour cream drizzle
Fettuccine Alfredo with Garlic Shrimp
Salmon filet with a lemon thyme beurre blanc and asparagus risotto

Desserts:
Caramel swirl Chocolate Decadence
Grand Marnier Cheesecake
Strawberry Tart

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Upcoming Saturday dinner- a delicious Italian menu!

Posted on 10 January 2014

Our next Saturday special dinner features pasta, polenta, bruschetta… yes, it’s another Italian night, just right for cheering up any winter’s gloom that might be hanging around this January! It’s on the 25th from 6pm to 9pm, and you can book your table by phoning the Full English Cafe on 512-240-2748 during our opening hours, or by emailing alice@fullenglishfood.com any time. We’re still BYOB, although we’ll be handing out some free glasses of our lovely Italian sangria on the night as well. Prices to be announced, but they will be as reasonable as ever, and here’s the menu…

Full English Italian Dinner, Saturday 25th January

Antipasti
Bruschetta trio: tomato & basil, pesto, olive tapenade
Polenta cake with pesto cream sauce

Insalate
Insalata Caprese: homemade mozzarella, tomato & basil
Red pepper, Kalamata olive & pancetta, w/ shaved parmesan, roasted garlic vinaigrette

Pasta
Black pepper gnocchi & gorgonzola cream sauce
Red pepper fettuccine & spicy garlic shrimp

Dolci
Tiramisu – Amaretto cheesecake –
Lemon polenta cake

See you there!

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Holiday treats now at the cafe…

Posted on 30 November 2013

For our full menu of holiday treats, available to order for gifts and parties through December, click here.

Full English will be rolling out different selections from our Holiday Treats menu through December, and here’s what we have for you right now, with a bit of information about where it all comes from… (These are our Instagram pictures, and if you like them you can follow the fullenglishfood link and follow us over there- lots more coming soon!)

This fabulous candy looks like fudge, and tastes a bit like fudge, but a very special fudge you have never had before! Crumbly, caramelly, vanilla-y (if that’s a word) and extremely more-ish, tablet hails from eighteenth century Scotland, and is first mentioned in The Household Book of Lady Grizel Baillie, which sounds like a very cool book, judging from the title. Since Scotland also gave us Millionaire’s Shortbread and deep-fried Mars Bars, not to mention the Tunnock’s Wafer Biscuit, it’s not very surprising to us that this super-sweet, highly addictive confectionery also originates north of the border (and we mean that as a compliment not an insult!) The deliciousness comes from real butter, condensed milk and (yes) lots of sugar, boiled together for a very long, exactly correct time. So, definitely a fine treat for the festive season. In fact, Alice personally consumed an entire bag of tablet this Thanksgiving, in order to test-drive it really, really thoroughly, and she can testify that for those of us with sweet-tooth tendencies, it really is very hard to beat- both as an amazing sweet, and as a habit… perhaps one day, they will make a hilarious movie about the way tablet sometimes takes over people’s lives, possibly called… Tabletspotting?

Now we come to Milk Chocolate Truffles, which are not originally Scottish, in fact they were invented in France, as you might imagine. However, a mere seven years later, in 1902, truffles came over to England, and the original shop they came to still exists- Prestat, in London. Prestat was established by Anton Dufour, whose family invented the truffle, and obviously Monsieur Dufour was a total marketing genius who knew precisely where to find the most enthusiastic market for his delicious chocolates, namely, the Brits! Our Full English truffles are the original French kind, made from ganache, which is very simple and perfect- just chocolate and cream. If you’ve had commercial truffles made with things like coconut fat and milk powder, these are quite different. We will be making other truffles at Full English this season (Dark Orange and White Champagne), but since simplest is often most delicious, we decided to start with these; just Belgian milk chocolate and heavy cream, hand-rolled in powdered sugar. Heavenly!

And here is something a bit more substantial, in case you prefer your sweets slightly bigger; Lemon Drizzle Cake is one of the most popular cakes in Britain, and for a good reason. It combines a lovely moist lemon pound cake with the amazing…zing of a lemon juice glaze, adding a very special citrus tang to the cake. This makes your tastebuds feel happy and alive, unlike blander cakes. Obviously we use proper normal ingredients like butter, eggs, sugar and flour, not cake mixes or anything weird, because they taste better. And here’s something someone wrote about proving Lemon Drizzle is better than Starbucks lemon cake, by baking one (there’s a recipe at the bottom, in case you want to do it yourself).

All these sweets are available to order through December at the Full English Cafe (click here for our full Holiday menu), and ready to eat at the cafe in rotation through the month. So if you want to try any of the sweets in this post, now is an excellent time!

See you at Full English!

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Christmas baking, through December

Posted on 14 November 2013

We will be doing a special range of baked goods and treats for the holiday season, available through December; here’s the list! For gifts and parties you can buy larger quantities and save, but we recommend ordering ahead to guarantee availability. Photos coming when baking starts…

Star-topped Mincemeat Pies $2.00 each/ $8 half dozen
House-made fruit mincemeat filled pastry tarts
Chocolate Yule Log $3.50 slice/ $24 whole cake
Decadent chocolate roulade with buttercrea, flourless, gluten-free
Chocolate Orange Fairy Cakes $1.50 each
Lemon Drizzle Cake $3.00 slice/ $14 whole cake
Lemon pound cake with a lemon glaze
Tangerine Cake $3.50 slice/ $40 whole cake
Deliciously moist dairy-free, gluten-free cake made with whole fruit and almond flour
Chocolate Decadence $3.00 slice/ $35 whole cake
intensely chocolatey decadent dessert
Mint Nougat Millionaire’s Shortbread $3.50 slice
A holiday version of our Millionaire’s Shortbread, with mint nougat filling
Scottish Tablet $ 7.00 bag
Fabulously addictive traditional fudge-like candy
Chocolate Truffles: Milk, White Champagne and Dark Orange flavours $1.50 each/ $7 half dozen
Whisky Scone with Chai Cream $3.50 each
Our lovely scones, with whisky-soaked raisins and sweet spicy cream
Glazed Star Butter Cookies $1.25 each/ $6 half dozen
Crumpets $2.50 each/ $7 bag of 4
House-made, good with butter, jam, cheese, anything!
Rooibos Chai Tea $3.25 mug
Naturally caffeine-free with a nice nutty flavour
Spiced Apple Onion Chutney $7 jar
Buy in jars for gifts
Mini Sausage Rolls $10 dozen
Great for parties and sharing

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Traditional Roast Dinner on a Saturday Night

Posted on 12 October 2013

Full English is very excited to announce that our next Saturday Night Dinner special, on October 26th, will be a traditional British roast “Sunday” dinner, complete with yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and delicious dessert choices.

There will be two sittings for our Roast Dinner, at 6pm and 7.30pm, and you can choose between Roast Chicken of Roast Beef. As ever we are BYOB, and the price will be $20 per person, with dessert extra. Booking is essential, so reserve your table now! You can phone us during our opening hours, or email alice@fullenglishfood (mentioning the time you want to come, how many people, and your choice of chicken or beef).

This is going to be a super delicious dinner- see you there!

The Menu

Roast Beef OR Roast Chicken $20
Roast Potatoes, Yorkshire Puddings, Roast Onions Broccoli, Glazed Carrots, Peas and Jus Gravy.

Desserts

Treacle Tart with Rum Whipped Cream $4
Apple Crumble with Brandy Sauce $4

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September Saturday Night Special Dinner: Tapas!

Posted on 14 September 2013

If you missed our last Saturday Night Dinner, the fabulous Italian Night, you may be as excited as we are that another Saturday Night Dinner is coming up in a couple of weeks, on September 28th. This time it’s a very special Spanish Tapas Night, featuring various delicious small plates that you can mix and match, and a free glass of sangria for everyone (we’re still BYOB, so bring a nice bottle with you too!) Menu and booking details are below, and watch this space for more as we get closer to the day. Buen apetito!

Full English Spanish Tapas Night, September 28th, 6-9pm

MENU
Spanish Tortilla with Goat Cheese
Gambas as Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp)
Croquettes- Ham, Chicken and Cheese
Pan con Tomate & Manchego
Prosciutto & Melon Salad, Mixed Greens & Citrus Dressing
Garlic Patatas Bravas

DESSERT
Creme Catalana (Cinnamon Lemon Creme Brulee)
Zurracapote (Spiced Fruit in Wine & Polvorone)
Espresso/ Cappuccino with Polvorone (almond cookie)

Phone the Full English Cafe on 512-240-2748 during our opening hours to book, or email alice@fullenglishfood.com.

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Read all about us…

Posted on 17 August 2013

… in Austin Fusion Magazine

First of all, throw out all the preconceived notions brought on by the name Full English. It’s English, but it’s not a pub. The food is British, but it’s mainly breakfast dishes. If you go expecting a dark bar with wooden floors and walls, “football” on the tele and old men with frothy pints, you’ll have missed the point completely.

What should come to mind is The Clash and the Sex Pistols or even The Ramones (if you lean toward NYC being the punk capital), as this joint really embodies a punk rock feel. From the mismatched chairs and sofas to the wall art, including pieces emblazoned with “Revenge is what happens when you’re busy making other plans,” it’s not anarchy per say, but it’s not your mom’s local haunt, either. Or maybe it is? Your mom might be pretty cool.

There are some great pictures of the cafe too- check it all out!

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Mozzarella and Meatballs!

Posted on 26 July 2013

We’re gearing up for our special Italian Dinner tomorrow night (see the post below for the menu & booking details), and here are a couple of things to look at while you wait:

Meatballs! What could be better than meatballs? Very few things could be better than meatballs, that’s what we say :-)

And here is chef-made mozzarella cheese in the making…

… and the finished product, lovely fresh mozzarella cheese ready for eating!

Also in process is our lovely Italian Sangria, which you can have a free glass of with your dinner. Fruit is soaking in rum right now, and very happy and colourful it looks, too. But to see that, you’ll have to pop into the Full English Cafe tomorrow night and check it all out! See you from 6pm…

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Saturday Night Dinner, July 27th: Italian Night! (with free Italian Sangria!)

Posted on 11 July 2013

Scroll down for the menu- prices now announced below

In case you don’t know already, Full English is now serving our very own, very special Fish and Chips every Friday night from 6pm to 9pm when we close. We think they are the best in town, and nobody has ever told us otherwise, but if you don’t believe it come on down and give us your opinion! We use Pacific cod, fried in a beer batter, and we make our own twice-cooked chips from nice fluffy potatoes, fried in peanut oil. Because it tastes good! Like I said, come and try it! And yes, we can do take-out as well, and we do have malt vinegar (as well as handmade tartar sauce).

Anyway; this post is about our newest venture; Saturday Night Dinners. These will be an occasional, pop-up affair, where we will be serving truly fabulous gourmet menus invented by our wonderful chef Gillian. Gillian is a positive encyclopedia of delicious dishes and artisanal cooking skills, and her menus will be based on whatever is in season, and whatever great ideas are inspiring her! For the Italian Dinner on Saturday the 27th of July, Gillian will be making her own fettuccine pasta, and her own real Mozzarella cheese. And everything else on the menu will be fresh and lovely too. Because that’s just how we like to do things at Full English!

You can book your table ahead (see below), or just show up on the night, and we think everything is excellent value compared to some of the fancier artisanal restaurants you may have been to, because keeping things reasonable is a big part of our philosophy. And we are still BYOB, so bring a nice Chianti or some Peroni or whatever, AND we will also be serving glasses of Italian Sangria for free! Because it’s fun, we love sangria, it’s summer, and nice iced wine and fruit drink is just what you need to get through a Texas summer (as if anyone needs a reason for a glass of sangria…)

So, finally, the best bit: here is the full menu, and I’m sure you will agree it looks rather appetising… booking details at the bottom of this page.

Full English presents… An Italian Saturday Night Dinner, with Italian Sangria!
Two courses: $17 Three courses: $20

PRIMI
Insalata Caprese with homemade Mozzarella
Bruschetta Trio: pesto, olive tapenade, roasted tomato & basil.
Roasted Mediterranean Salad:
red peppers, red onions, tomato, romaine, basil, Parmesan, roasted garlic balsamic dressing.

SECONDI
Spaghetti and meatballs
Handmade fettuccini Alfredo
Handmade gnocci with pesto

DOLCE
Chocolate or vanilla gelato in a sugar cone
Zabaglione with fresh berries

To book your table, phone 512-240-2748 during our opening hours, or email alice@fullenglishfood.com.

See you there (if not before!)

- Alice

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