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Advice for a guy moving to Austin after 20 years in Los Angeles

it's pretty much like the French-inspired bakeries in Japan (with some weird fusiony pastries and ingredients) just not as good as the ones in Japan.

Jul 22, 2015
yimay in Austin

Advice for a guy moving to Austin after 20 years in Los Angeles

the fish are alive, in tanks.

Jul 22, 2015
yimay in Austin

Best Dim Sum in Austin?!

gaaaah I love Pao's. But it is a different kind of Dim Sum. They specialize in Northern style dim sum... probably not what OP is looking for here.

Jul 19, 2015
yimay in Austin

Best Dim Sum in Austin?!

The staff is much nicer than other places, but many of them don't speak Chinese (or don't know the dishes well enough) so you can't order dishes you only know the Chinese name of which is frustrating. They also are not consistent or thorough in their cart rotations and making sure to hit every table.

Jul 19, 2015
yimay in Austin

Advice for a guy moving to Austin after 20 years in Los Angeles

Dai Due also is a butcher shop on the same sort of artisan level (and pricing) as Salt & Time. Most people can't afford their meat on a daily basis. Lee's Meat Market is another independent option. HEB and Central Market is often overlooked, but they have good all-natural, local, affordable options. Also, there is Fiesta and Costco!

Jul 19, 2015
yimay in Austin

Advice for a guy moving to Austin after 20 years in Los Angeles

Musashino is still the best sushi in Austin, IMO. They also have fusion stuff with a ton of crazy creamy spicy sauces if you are into that. Hanabi might be my next choice. Soon we will have an authentic Tokyo-style sushi 12-seat counter style restaurant opened by local celebrity Paul Qui.

Jul 19, 2015
yimay in Austin

Advice for a guy moving to Austin after 20 years in Los Angeles

Asahi Imports is going to be your only truly authentic Japanese grocery store, but they have a very limited selection as it is tiny. Other Asian markets (listed in order of best to worst IMO): MT Supermarket, Hana World Market, Hong Kong Supermarket, Han Yang Market. There is also a Japanese French bakery (run by koreans) called Tous les Jours. There are some chinese bakeries and chinese baked goods next to and sold in MT Supermarket. Nothing here will compare to what you will get in LA so probably want to take some trips to Houston every now and then to get your Asian fix.

Jul 19, 2015
yimay in Austin

Advice for a guy moving to Austin after 20 years in Los Angeles

MT Supermarket has a huge fish section. MT is probably your best bet for meat/fish as their turnover is quite high. Everything is butchered daily.

Jul 19, 2015
yimay in Austin

Tokyo Trip Report

It was so much fun! Most of the dishes were great, a few of them I could pass on, but we were all about trying anything and everything. I think I had to stop around 45 pieces, but he convinced me to try a few more, so I asked for them without rice (can't pass up uni). The grilled items started to get a bit laborious in flavor with that grilled aroma but overall an excellent experience. Chef Masakatsu spoke enough english to communicate our meal with us, supplemented with a fish book, which made for a great counter-style eating experience. There were some local regulars that sat next to us that made the entire experience pretty lively. Everything was fast-paced yet relaxed. FYI Joe's standing bar next door was also awesome.

Apr 26, 2015
yimay in Japan
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Recommendations for classic Tex-Mex in East Austin or near downtown

GD those carnitas tacos are so freaking good.That little bit of American cheese sprinkled on top sends it over the edge. I'm gonna marry those tacos.

Apr 11, 2015
yimay in Austin
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High-End Restaurants: Taking Leftovers? (Tokyo)

From what I've read the omakase starts at 20,000yen. I'm going next week!

Apr 11, 2015
yimay in Japan

High-End Restaurants: Taking Leftovers? (Tokyo)

I think in America we are used to super sized portions that allow us to take home a lot of leftovers. I could be wrong but I don't feel this is the case in other countries, at least in my experience. I'm also imagining super delicate, small portions of food that probably doesn't keep well if put in a to-go box. Plates are also cleared between courses at high-end places. I can also imagine many of these places want you to eat the food at optimal temperatures and presentation time. I guess it depends on the cuisine. And I guess it doesn't hurt to ask your waiter. You are in the land of hospitality after all.

Are you speaking of Sushisho/Masa with the 40 pieces of sushi? From what I read you can tell the chef you are full and he will stop whenever you ask. Someone also wrote in this forum at Masa his partner stopped early while he continued.

Apr 05, 2015
yimay in Japan

Tokyo restaurants while traveling with Dad who does not eat raw fish?

I think Daddy's going to have to wait and meet up with you guys later. Japan loves to specialize in just one area and the high-end restaurants will only serve the items they specialize in. Maybe go high-end French while dining with your dad.

Apr 05, 2015
yimay in Japan

High-End Restaurants: Taking Leftovers? (Tokyo)

I don't think this is something that is done, especially when it comes to sushi. Just eat her food she can't finish in a discreet manner and it will be fine. I probably would not take any "unlimited" food home as it is meant to be enjoyed at the restaurant only. Are you speaking of Robuchon? I believe you are sent home with a sweet Brioche when dining at his restaurant. Also, you might consider booking lunch reservations where they serve smaller portions.

Apr 05, 2015
yimay in Japan

Din Tai Fung -- What has been your experience?

Reviving an old thread!

Best DTF XLB I've had:

1. Taipei (Yong Kang location)
2. Kyoto
3. Tokyo
4. Shanghai
5. Arcadia
6. Glendale (bleah)

Although, around the corner from the Taipei Yong Kang location is Kaochi which is where the locals go and has arguably better XLB than DTF, plus no lines. I have been convinced of this on more than one occasion. Kaochi also offers other Shanghainese snacks, like sheng jian bao and xie ke huang.

Apr 03, 2015
yimay in Chains

Kaiseki in Kyoto

3 stars doesn't always mean it has to be expensive. I've never been but isn't Kikunoi always on everyone's list for high-end kaiseki? And it should fit your price range.

Apr 03, 2015
yimay in Japan

Tokyo Trip Report

UGH. Looking at our schedule, it can't be done without shuffling a few other things around that were a pain to get. We just might have to suffer.

Mar 26, 2015
yimay in Japan

Dress code issues

Typically smart casual means nice jeans and a button down are ok. No shorts, sandals, tshirts... etc. Why not just call the restaurants and ask them to clarify? If you need to change from hiking clothes into dress you can store your change of clothes in a coin locker at the nearest station.

Mar 26, 2015
yimay in Japan

Dress code issues

| I've seen women climb Saruyama-Koen at Arashiyama wearing dresses and heels.

I've seen so many women hiking up and down mountains in heels all over Japan! More power to them.

Mar 26, 2015
yimay in Japan

Please help me dine in Tokyo

Yeah, if you are staying at the Ritz Carlton have their concierge do all the research and work for you.

Mar 26, 2015
yimay in Japan

Tokyo Trip Report

OMG I have reservations for Sushisho Masa next month and I'm so excited I might vomit.

I have a very important question though. Was it so much food that you have to fast for the day? I really want to eat everything he can put in front of us. We also have lunch booked at Robuchon that same day and then the cocktail course at Gen Yamamoto 2.5 hours before Masa. Should we skip/move Robuchon, or should I just order the smaller course? Lunch is 8 hours before our dinner reservations.

Mar 26, 2015
yimay in Japan

Eating in or around Tsukiji Market

I don't believe the "other" Sushi Dai locations are the same institutions as the famous Sushi Dai in the market area. I heard it is an offshoot from the famous one several generations back. I'm sure it's also delicious but I am just posting this for posterity.

Sushi Dai (寿司大) - the famous one
http://www.tsukijigourmet.or.jp/22_su...

Sushi Dai (すし大) - the other one
http://www.tsukiji-sushidai.com

Note the famous one is written in kanji and the other one is written in hiragana, if that helps distinguish them on a map/sign.

Feb 28, 2015
yimay in Japan

2 nights in Austin.

i second the franklin reco. however you will have to go very early.

enoteca vespaio for italian.

personal favorites are Parkside, Uchi

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Uchi Restaurant
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Jul 22, 2011
yimay in Austin

Best Pulled Pork Tamales in Austin?

curra's

Dec 20, 2008
yimay in Austin

best item at Sunflower

shaken beef.

i also think sunflower may have the best spring rolls of all the viet restaurants in town.

Dec 20, 2008
yimay in Austin

ISO Asian Sesame Balls filled with sweet red bean paste

shanghai dim sum serves them with their regular dim sum fare on weekends. you can order them a la carte on weekdays during lunch time. imho go on the weekday to order so they are freshly fried.

there are no asian bakeries in austin, that i know of.

Nov 16, 2008
yimay in Austin

authentic chinese w/ banquet rooms in austin?

pao's mandarin house, din ho, possibly first chinese will do most of those dishes.

don't know about the red bean soup. i bet pao's will make stuff to order for you though.

Aug 25, 2008
yimay in Austin

There Can Be Only One:Your Single Favorite Taco In Austin.

carnitas taco at angie's

Jul 31, 2008
yimay in Austin

Soups in Austin

apple annie's tomato brie
pho van's pho noodle soups (i suppose just get the broth, maybe add some rice!)
hyde park's lentil soup

Jul 26, 2008
yimay in Austin

Sushi Kyu

i've been to sushi kyu a few times. it seems to be discount quality sushi that is not even mediocrely satisfying for a quick sushi fix, yet the prices are pretty high in comparison to the quality. the sushi rice is awful, the fish is tasteless. veggie tempura was good. also tried the udon once, it was very salty, kinda flat. i'd go back for the veggie tempura except that it's $10.

Jul 17, 2008
yimay in Austin