Travel around the world in one visit to Ichiban. This restaurant gem boasts meal selections of the Japanese, Korean and Chinese persuasions. Step into Ichiban and notice the koi pond where visitors can feed the fish with food available for purchase. Seating choices include a table, the Sushi bar or a traditional Japanese sunken booth where visitors remove their shoes. Bargain hunters rejoice over happy hour offerings six days a week. Ichiban solves all menu questions on their website with photos and descriptions of every food item they offer, and gluten free food and vegetarian options are available as well. Reservations are happily accepted for parties over four. Delivery, takeout meals and catering are all obtainable at Ichiban.
Flames spotlight the stage at Tokyo Steak House and Sushi Bar, where skilled chefs twirl their knives and prepare Japanese teppanyaki dishes in front of eaters. Using tabletop grills, they cook succulent morsels of filet mignon, lobster, chicken, and shrimp alongside an assortment of crisp veggies. During the process, they sometimes perform eye-catching tricks, such as drawing designs on the grill with the yolk from a delicately cracked egg, flipping food into eaters' mouths, and magically making incriminating tax documents disappear over an open flame. The kitchen staff sculpts specialty sushi rolls away from the grills, and waiters fill table glasses with wine, sake, and imported beer.
With an eclectic eye developed over years of national competition, Chef Choo of Afin Modern Japanese Tapas weaves a rich tapestry of Japanese fare with contemporary flair. Staples such as the velvety anago, grilled whole with honey, fresh ginger, and an onion salsa ($19), appear on the entrée menu alongside miso gravlax ($20), a Scottish salmon marinated in miso and sake for 24 hours, the exact time it takes to travel from Scotland to Japan by snowshoe. The sushi menu features intricately constructed à la carte nigiri including the zesty pistachio'd salmon belly ($3.50) and dozens of tightly-wound rolls ($5.50–$16) such as the special Kryptonite roll ($15), which snuggles three types of tuna with avocado, shrimp, and wasabi tobiko.
A locally owned and operated chain restaurant, Zen whips up fresh Japanese grub and Southwest-influenced fusion eats. Drop by to kick back amid the welcoming, ultra-modern vibes and percolate palates with tasty and new menu items, which include the likes of customizable rice or noodle bowls, fresh sushi, tuna nachos, and more. Unlike foot-long hot dogs or a bucket of biscuit gravy, sushi or chicken options, such as Redneck Sushi ($7.95) or Chuck Norris Chicken ($3.50), divides tasty culinary concoctions into tidbits so that the palate can better savor the tastetations. With today’s Groupon to Zen Japanese Food Fast, patrons can tickle the taste buds without tasting pterodactyl feathers or licking batteries.
A red horseshoe-shaped bar dominates the dining room at Roll On Sushi Diner, encouraging patrons to grab a stool and watch the chefs as they sculpt maki with inventive ingredients that are reminiscent of an American diner. The menu's Austin-inspired rolls deviate from Japanese traditions, featuring unconventional fillings such as beef brisket, chicken-fried steak, or candied walnuts inside a cylinder of rice and nori instead. As co-owner Chip Reed told Austin Monthly in 2011, "no one has ever told us, ‘you’re not supposed to do that’… so we have no limitations on what we can create." He and his cohort, Chad Reed, helm a staff of servers who place each roll on a color-coded plate that corresponds to its price. This allows diners and servers alike to quickly tally the final bill without hiring a CPA for the afternoon.
Experience the flavor and freshness that is edomae zushi – Tokyo-style sushi – at Austin’s Musashino Sushi Dokoro. Only the best seafood makes its way onto the Musashino Sushi Dokoro menu. Musashino Sushi Dokoro receives its seafood from all over the world – including Canada, Hawaii, New York, and Japan – but it doesn’t spend weeks on ice from ocean to table. No, Musashino Sushi Dokoro has its seafood shipped via air freight to maximize freshness and preserve taste. So you can be sure that the sushi you order is as fresh as possible and prepared according to exacting standards. Don’t accept mediocre sushi. Visit Musashino Sushi Dokoro for the best Tokyo-style sushi in Austin.