By The Kent Redding Group
AUSTIN, TX. – If you ask an Austin Texas local, the top food of choice for Austin over the years has always been delicious, mouth watering barbecue, Tex-Mex or Mexican food but times have changed and Japanese food is quickly becoming one of the top options that diners are searching for in the local area.
Where Are The Best Japanese Restaurants In Austin?
If you’re ready to try Japanese food for yourself there are a variety of wonderful Japanese food restaurants in the ATX area to choose from including the following restaurants which distinctively blend Texas and Japanese food together for many wonderful dishes:
Address - 2713 E. SECOND ST.
You want a taste of eclectic Austin? You want to touch a live wire that is part of the energy current drawing people to town? You want to experience a restaurant that mashes up two seemingly disparate cultures? You want to see a place that looks like no other restaurant in Austin or the rest of the country? Head to Kemuri. Tokyo-born and Austin-raised Tatsu Aikawa and native Austinite and first-generation Japanese-American Takuya “Tako” Matsumoto, who ignited a ramen craze in Austin when they opened Ramen Tatsu-Ya, have blended a Texas smokehouse with Japanese izakaya for a wholly unique menu.
1603 S. CONGRESS AVE.
The intimacy and attention to detail of a Kyoto kaiseki, the energy and excitement of modern Austin and lighting design of Stanley Kubrick. Otoko is a gorgeous, transportive, exclusive trip. And the leader of the experience, chef Yoshi Okai, contributes to the mischievous art, with his wicked but disarming smile, effervescent but opaque enthusiasm and elegant plating of striking flavors. A tiny, crunchy freshwater crab blends playfulness and menace atop the woodsy umami crunch of fried shiitake and chayote squash to start a meal that turns to a run of exquisite sushi like scored kampachi brushed with nikiri; a meaty and creamy kushi oyster; shima aji speckled with toasty black sesame; and madai slicked with the sweet-sour-grassy-and-salty symphony of matcha oil.
4600 MUELLER BLVD. #1035
This is my favorite sushi in Austin. But let’s address the elephant in the room: This is a surreal dining experience. You’re in a space smaller than a millionaire’s walk-in closet. And, with only eight seats available at the sushi counter, there’s a chance you and your date may be the only two people in the restaurant for the omakase experience. OK, even calling it a restaurant feels a little strange. But this is the bizarre and beautiful world chef Otto Phan has carved out for himself in the Mueller development.
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