Japanese

Atami Steak & Sushi

Dec 5, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Hibachi dining was once a novelty reserved for special occasions. While such spots are plentiful today, the challenge now is making sure the food is equal to the theatrics. Our dinner at Atami delivered on both counts. While on the pricey side (the same fare at lunch is half-off), our…

DipDipDip Tatsu-Ya

Sep 9, 2019 By Texas Monthly

A shabu-shabu joint from the fevered imagination of Tatsu Aikawa, the power behind Ramen Tatsu-Ya and Kemuri Tatsu-Ya.

Fuji

Jan 7, 2020 By Texas Monthly

An unassuming strip mall houses this diamond in the rough.

Fukumoto

Nov 16, 2015 By Texas Monthly

It’s hard to remember the days when Musashino was the premier, albeit almost only, sushi spot in town. It’s where Tyson Cole (who went on to found the Uchi empire) and Kazu Fukumoto learned to slice fish, and now Fukumoto has his own spot. As you’re heralded by greetings, you’ll…

Jinya Ramen Bar

Oct 5, 2015 By Texas Monthly

A roomful of (mostly young) folks contentedly wielding chopsticks and slurping noodles is proof that this California chain has found its niche in Midtown. Piping-hot brussels sprouts tempura and cold Sapporo beers got us off to a good start, but we agreed that the No. 1 ramen bowl—tonkotsu black, with…

Ka Sushi

Jan 4, 2016 By Texas Monthly

This casual spot from the team behind Fat Bao is the first sushi bar in the northern Heights. Our initial experience with the inventive menu was hit-and-miss. The Balsamic Tuna was generous but overly sweet. The Miss Piggy roll intrigued, with its marinated apple and fried pork belly, but it…

Kemuri Tatsu-ya
Kemuri Tatsu-Ya

Nov 20, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Raw squid and smoked fish collar are just a couple of the dishes offered by the guys behind Ramen Tatsu-Ya.

Kimura

Jul 25, 2018 By Texas Monthly

This tiny noodle house from Michael Sohocki draws a loyal crowd.

Kokoro

Sep 30, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Former Uchi chefs debut a Japanese eatery in Bravery Chef Hall.

MF Sushi

Dec 1, 2019 By Texas Monthly

The coolest room in town and chef Chris Kinjo’s magnificent sushi.

Michi Ramen [South]

Oct 5, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Ramen noodles may never compete with pizza, but new food-delivery apps have made it possible to enjoy almost any restaurant meal in your pajamas. Michi’s new south location is capitalizing on this trend; it’s takeout or delivery only. It also thumbs its nose at the competition, because there are no…

Monta Ramen

Mar 2, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Next time we visit this spot tucked away in Richardson, we’ll double our order of gyoza, six mouth-watering little pan-fried pods of pork and vegetables. Then we’ll dive in to one of the six ramens on the menu; the miso ramen, with a rich pork and chicken broth and a…

Musashino

Jul 25, 2016 By Texas Monthly

There were palpable withdrawal symptoms among longtime devotees of this fresh-fish temple when the restaurant, housed for decades below Chinatown in a somewhat awkward configuration, shuttered for a few months to move toward West Campus. It appears that the crew moved everything into the spot that formerly housed Fino and…

Nobu

Aug 13, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Pricey Japanese fare from a celebrity chef in a seductive Galleria setting.

Otoko

Apr 5, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Head chef Yoshi Okai is now the ringmaster at Otoko, while celebrated executive chef Paul Qui completes drug rehab following being arrested for assault, a charge he denies. Live and in person most nights, Yoshi helped design the breathlessly anticipated 20-course tasting menu, served at a 12-person counter in an…

Roka Akor

May 30, 2019 By Texas Monthly

High-end sushi and fancy beef in a contemporary River Oaks setting.

Sakura

Nov 12, 2018 By Texas Monthly

An understated spot for a wide-ranging selection of sushi, ramen, and hibachi dishes.

Sumo Japanese Grill

Mar 2, 2017 By Texas Monthly

On the advice of a family friend and Longview native, we made a quick stop at this popular spot and sampled a bento box that was almost embarrassingly generous with its cornucopia of sushi, soup, salad, fried rice, shrimp tempura, and pork gyoza. After gazing longingly at another diner’s beef…

Sushi House

Apr 5, 2016 By Texas Monthly

This new shopping center spot boasts a calm (no blasting TVs) but energetic atmosphere. Enjoy a complimentary bowl of miso soup while you peruse a large menu of sashimi, dumplings, grilled items, and rolls (we loved the Dragon). A nice selection of sakes makes pairing a cinch.

TenTen

Feb 27, 2020 By Texas Monthly

A sleek, see-and-be-seen spot for contemporary Japanese food.

Tokyo Cafe

Nov 1, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Bright and airy, this Japanese bistro woos with sushi, ramen, and bao. 

Uchi

Jul 30, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Nothing beats sitting at the sushi bar at this iconic Austin spot, especially when you meet newcomers experiencing it for the first time. We started with fish fresh from the Tsukiji fish market, including sweet and mild ocean trout with lemon zest and Maldon salt and tender amberjack with a…

Uchi

Dec 1, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Jaw-droppingly inventive Japanese fusion served in a dark and homey place.

Uchiko

Jun 3, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Exquisite, endlessly innovative bites in a warm, modern space.

Uroko

Oct 17, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Temaki, omakase, and sushi classes from the Kome folks.