First look: Andrew Weissman's new restaurant

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By Mike Sutter | © Fed Man Walking | 11.24.16
Chef Andrew Weissman is responsible for some of San Antonio’s best restaurants, past and present. The late Le Rêve made him famous, and his Osteria Il Sogno was named No. 1 by the San Antonio Express-News in its Top 100 guide this year. There have been lower-key projects in between. But Weissman is getting back in the high-end game with Signature, the restaurant he opened Nov. 21 at La Cantera Resort & Spa.
It's big news for food people in Austin and San Antonio alike, because Weissman is a destination chef, no matter which restaurant is getting his full attention at the moment. Il Sogno was among my favorite reviews of the past five years.
I visited Signature on opening day as the new restaurant critic for the Express-News. I was, in fact, Signature's first paying customer. It wasn't a review, just a chance to get a sense of the place, to see the kitchen framed like a Renaissance painting, to see antique farmhouse relics spanning six centuries.
That first visit included charcuterie on a vintage bread-baking paddle, roasted pheasant with crispy skin, foie gras au torchon with a wine-poached pear, gnocchi with field mushrooms and a barrel-aged Vieux Carre cocktail with a New Orleans growl.
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(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking and the San Antonio Express-News)