Austin Sushi News

Sushi news in and around Austin, Texas

Sushi 101

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Central Market Cooking School is back in the sushi teaching business. They've located a new instructor and it's none other than Tim Thomas of Origami (one of our faves here at He teaches his first class on July 17, and ...... it's not sold out yet. Hard to believe...

July Cooking Classes At Central Market ( )

Love Seafood? So do we........

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program helps people choose seafoods that are "good for you and good for the oceans". You can download their free seafood card that lists regional seafoods and when to avoid them. Only their "West Coast" regional card is currently available, but it's still useful for Texas.

Seafood Watch Site ( )

Their pitch: "Love seafood, so do we. And we like to know that it's caught or farmed in ways that support a healthy environment. Sadly, some of our favorite fish are disappearing. But other great seafoods are doing fine.

New Sushi Column Debuts!

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We now have a new column that debuts with a stunning three-part sushi crawl that takes the reader on a perilous eleven hour journey through the heart of Austin's sushi industrial complex. "La Vida Sushi" is the name of Jeremy Kraybill's new column. He and his cohorts periodically binge on sushi and live to tell about it.

Lots of PHOTOS too!!!!!!! ( )

**** Free Sushi ****

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"Free sushi" - the words doth slide off my tongue as if the worlds had collided and only myself and sushi did exist anon.....

So get yer arse down to the Whisky Bar! Every Friday from 5:30pm to 8:00pm free sushi is served. Terence Smith, sole proprietor of Sushi By Night ( ), sets up and dishes out the sushi (he's also available for your soirees, bar mitzvahs, IPO parties, and garden affairs). California rolls, veggie rolls, and Philadelphia rolls are free, or you can choose to pay from their menu of more involved assemblages.

Whisky Bar
303 W. 5th Street
Fridays, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Competition Heats Up On 183

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With the opening of a sushi bar inside of Kobe Japanese Steakhouse ( ), the corner of 183 and Anderson Mill Road has become an all-out sushi melee with Kobe joining Osaka on the Southwest corner, and Midori on the Northeast corner. Is there sufficient business to sustain them all? Only time will tell.

And Speaking Of 183....
Various Austin Sushi News readers have pointed out that there's an "Iron Chef" sign up on a location currently under remodel at the Southwest corner of 183 and Burnet Road. Anyone with a clue about this new venue, please drop us a line (mailto:we

The Sushi Seals Will Take America By Storm!

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...or so their web site would lead you to believe.

The Sushi Seals Family is a wildly popular animated series in Japan about a family of, well, sushi seals. They look sort of like seals, but also like pieces of sushi (see the web site for a picture). The web site sez: "The sushi seals are a happy seal family that lives in today's times. The concept behind The Sushi Seals Family is Teletubbies meets South Park."

Sushi Seals Family web site ( )

Two New Sushi Bars!

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That's right kids. Two new sushi bars have opened, Sushi Niichi and Dragon Gate (thanks to Ed for the tip). Both are relatively small, but nicely appointed, sushi bars. Sushi Niichi is the University area's first real sushi bar and it's located right next to our favorite bubble tea and Sanrio outlet, Momoko ( ). Dragon Gate, located in Westlake next to Breed and Company, has a sushi bar, a comprehensive menu of Chinese food, and even a couple of Teppanyaki tables

Sushi Niichi
705A W. 24th Street
(next to Momoko)
(512) 469-7424

Dragon Gate
3663 Bee Caves Road
(next to Breed and Company)

Same Fresh Beats, New Location

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Our favorite funky-fresh sushi DJ, Aaron Morris, has moved his "Sushi Lounge Thursday" from Pango's to Sake on Sixth. It's now Sushi Lounge Thursday from 8pm-Midnight at Sake on Sixth -- and also Saturdays, with Merrick Brown and Aaron Morris, from 8pm-2am.

Sushi Lounge Thursday ( )

Sake on Sixth
621-A E. 6th Street
(512) 478-8788

Kikkoman Soy Sauce Fights For You!

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No need to worry about soy sauce terrorism any more. Your favorite jar of soy sauce has been reincarnated as a crime-fighter of epic proportions. Rest assured that Kikko Man fights for YOU! No more foreign soy sauces. No way......

It's got a beat and you can dance to it too!

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Check Out The ASS

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That's the Austin Sushi Society, dude. The Austin Sushi Society's sushi social event occurs on roughly the first Wednesday of each month at a different sushi bar.

The Austin Sushi Society was formed by Holly Jackson in February, 2002, and has grown to become a large, and somewhat wild, event.

According to their invite for the event:

"Come chow down with our friendly, upscale ASS which is more about mingling with fun folks than just eating together!"