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Rated as one of the top restaurants in Texas, Uchi is a very romantic restaurant with dimly lit lanterns. If you want some privacy, then the sushi bar is for you. For an appetizer, try the Yokai Berry, Sakana Carpaccio and Machi Cure. Make sure you leave some room for desserts, the creme caramel, gelato and panna cotta are delectable. As for the selection of sakes, it is wise to come in for the daily Sake Social to sample small bites and sakes that pair perfectly.
A brainchild of acclaimed chef, Tyson Cole, Uchiko is his second establishment in Austin, which opened its doors following the success of Uchi. The menu features delicious innovations brought into traditional Japanese cuisine; Yokai Berry, Koviche, Dewbee Chicken and tuna sashimi with goat cheese are a few to be named. While attempts are made to offer guests something new, the ingredients remain authentic, which also includes sourcing fish all the way from Tokyo. An interesting selection of desserts like Fried Milk, Tobacco Cream and Olive Gelato provide the perfect finish to your meal.
Curiosity is the tool that Kome has used to entice strangers to its establishment. To the unseeing eye, it is easy to miss until you notice the large wooden letters on the wall. The menu is unique because it has been designed specifically for Kome Sushi Kitchen, and features home-style preparations. The restaurant itself creates some atmosphere of Japanese authenticity by using Japanese names and characters on their notice board, as well as serving their sushi on wooden blocks. This place also attracts natives, hip Austinites, and sushi lovers. It is certainly a hidden gem.
This hidden treasure was rated one of the top 20 sushi restaurants in the nation by a guidebook for Japanese tourists. The traditional sushi and sashimi are served in an elegant, vibrant atmosphere. Musashino Sushi Dokoro also caters to the not-so-adventurous palate with tempura and teriyaki dishes. The sushi regular or deluxe platters are also offered with an all-cooked option. The Born in the USA variety of the menu offers various takes on the California roll and other American sushi hybrids. In addition, the Asparagus Roll is simply divine.
Established in 2012, Ramen Tatsu-Ya takes pride in being one-of-a-kind in Austin. This restaurant attempts to recreate the typical feel of Japanese ramen stalls as found with its ambiance and food. As the name suggests, the specialty of this place is the ramen; the wheat for the noodles and the broth are prepared fresh, on-site, so you are sure to get only the best. Refraining from accepting reservations, Ramen Tatsu-Ya is an intimate space that can seat approximately 38 guests; get there well in advance to grab a table.
This little Japanese spot is famous for its delicious and creative sushi rolls. Customer favorites include the "ex-girlfriend" roll with crab, avocado, and spicy tuna, and the "say my name" roll with jalapeno, scallop, tuna, and cream cheese. On top of their sushi, Tomodachi also serves a variety of Japanese-food staples like gyoza, tempura, and tonkatsu, among other things. The restaurant also boasts a sake and soju menu so impressive its warrants a visit by itself. Pair a bottle of sake with any of the food on the Tomodachi menu, and you won't regret seeking out this eatery.