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Sushi News #41, April 2005
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You've seen the signs, but haven't you wondered? Kobe is the gold standard of beef -- way off the pricing scale for hamburger lovers, yet now even places like Waterloo Ice House and Noodlism have joined Kobe Japanese Steak House -- all allegedly selling Kobe Beef. What gives? The fact is that importation of any beef from Japan has been banned since 2001 because of mad cow disease. Since only beef from Kobe, Japan, is truly "Kobe Beef," the stuff sold in Austin can only be called Kobe "style" beef, most likely from Japanese Wagyu cows brought over from Japan in the early 90's. Don't believe the hype!
As mentioned last month, Maiko is still getting their staff up to speed and has not yet had a grand opening. But, their groovy new Flash website is up and running and features their menu, a detailed bio of head chef Seiju Onami, and some chill ambient beats. The menu, I might add, includes prices and some yummy descriptions: 'Sushi "Pizza" Sei San Style -- Panko crusted sushi cake crowned with spicy tuna and a chili miso.'
The new flagship Whole Foods at 6th and Lamar has one-upped HEB Central Market by not only having in-store sushi chefs, but also having a sitdown sushi bar as well. They call it Sixth Street Sushi and it's open from 11am to 8pm every day in their food "court." They have a pretty standard selection of maki and nigiri at prices you'd expect from many sushi bars around town -- $4 for two pieces of ebi nigiri and $10.95 for a Caterpillar Roll, for example.
Sixth Street Sushi is run by Kikka Sushi, the California firm that Whole Foods contracts with to make sushi in their various stores nationwide.
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