Caribbean restaurant Emmer & Rye’s Canje opens in October
Canje, the Caribbean restaurant with major Guyanese roots from executive chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph and the rest of the Emmer & Rye team, debuts this week in East Austin. The 1914 East Sixth restaurant will open its doors from Tuesday, October 5.
Thanks to Canje, Bristol-Joseph will be showcasing the cuisine of his hometown – he was born and raised in Georgetown, Guyana – as well as dishes from elsewhere in the Caribbean, from Jamaica to Puerto Rico. This means dishes such as plantain chips served with a tangy mango sauce and a mixture of pork fat mayonnaise and ketchup, pot of wild boar pepper, Guyanese roti, jerk chicken with grilled tomatoes and achar with mango and pineapple (where the fruits are spicy and marinated).
Desserts – a Bristol-Joseph specialty – will include ambrosia with rum and spicy fruit, a black cake (containing dried fruit soaked in alcohol) with cream cheese frosting and a flan served with passion fruit. There are also sweet fried plantains.
These Caribbean influences are carried over into the cocktail menu created by beverage director Kate Houser. There is the Curry Wata made with a curry infused gin, rum and a mango-apple chutney; a sour tamarind; and a frozen pina colada. Beers and wines complete the beverage offer.
The name refers to the national bird of Guyana, the Canje pheasant. The space includes an indoor dining area as well as a private dining area, designed by restaurant partner Rand Egbert.
Canje is the latest restaurant of the newly formed Emmer & Rye hotel group, run by Bristol-Joseph and his partner and executive chef Kevin Fink. Under the umbrella of Emmer & Rye are also Hestia, Kalimotxo, Henbit and TLV.
The new restaurant has taken over the space previously owned by the colorful tropical bar Last Straw, which opened in 2018 and closed at the start of the pandemic in March 2020. Prior to that, the East Sixth address was home to the chicory and veg district. top of the line. Gardner focused, both of the team behind the New Texan Contigo restaurant.
Canje’s opening hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday, then 5 p.m. to midnight Thursday to Saturday. Online reservations are available.