Having been deigned one of the top ten best new restaurants in America by Bon Appétit, Kemuri is the result of some seriously active imaginations. The smoker is busy with brisket, which shows up in between two small squares of toasted cheese—”Hot Pocketz”—and on the so-called barbecue boat, also populated with pulled pork, gooey eel, and house-made pickles. But the best thing out of the smoker, in our humble opinion, is the fish collar; our visit got us chunks of alabaster yellowtail dusted with a yuzu-and-salt garnish. A daily sashimi platter offers the likes of velvety slices of hamachi, and the chawanmushi—a delicate savory egg custard filled with bits of briny crab—is legit. The cocktail list is expectedly quirky; the Puff Puff Pass (sweet-potato shochu, aged rum, serves two to three) will help you ease into the menu.
Address: 2713 E. 2nd, Austin, TX, 78702
Hours: D Wed–Sun.
Last updated: October 10, 2017