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A Wasabi Study

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Austin Sushi News #36, September 2004

Shiso! Welcome to Austin Sushi News, a friendly by-product of the sushi website for Austin, Texas, Once every month or so, we bring you the latest scoop on sushi bars and related matters in Austin, Texas. You can UNsubscribe at any time by sending email to Subscribe by going to and clicking on the mailing list icon. If you have any problems, please send email to


Japanese Groceries

As of July 31st, our favorite Japanese grocery store, Asahi Imports, has moved from its hidden location on North Loop to a more prominent storefront at the Northeast corner of Burnet Road and Koenig Lane. It appears to have more fresh produce and packaged foods, while having somewhat less kitchen utensils and knick-knacks. Still, the same friendly service and, of course, fresh shiso!!!!

Asahi Imports
6105 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78757
(512) 453-1850

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Assorted Sushi News

Maiko is now officially under construction at 311 W. Sixth Street, former home of Demi Epicurious, and spitting distance from Kenichi. Houston restaurateur Larry Chen, who opened Kobe and Hido in Houston, plans to open Maiko in late November according to this story from the Statesman. Dick Clark Architecture (they also designed Kenichi) will be helming the remodel.

My open letter to Chronicle Food Editor, Virginia Wood, has had little effect on our currently chilled relationship (the letter is here). But not to worry, the friendly staff of Austin Sushi News is planning an all-out frontal assault to fight terrorism and win Virginia back into the fold!

Ponzu SauceCentral Market's Cooking School has been serving up monthly classes of "Hands-On Sushi 101" featuring Tim Thomas of Origami. The next class is Thursday, October 14th, 6:30pm-9:30pm. Menu includes: Miso Soup, Spicy Baked Mussels, Ahi Poke, Soft-Shell Crab Roll with Teriyaki Sauce, Albacore Tuna Nigri with Ponzu Sauce, Origami Roll, and Tekka Roll. Cost: $55

ERRATA: I erred in the last edition of Austin Sushi News. Banzai Sushi and Grill, located at the corner of N. Lamar and 39 1/2 Street, is not a sushi bar. They do, however, serve plenty of sushi (table service only).

Maiko Sushi
311 W. 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) ???-????

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