After our fifth rewatch of Jiro Dreams Of Sushi - a documentary with endless vignettes of fish on top of perfect little mounds of pristine rice - we felt inspired. Three bags of Minute Rice and five cans of tuna later, we decided that we didn’t have the skill or the pantry ingredients needed to cut it in the sushi world. Fortunately, there are plenty of great takeout and delivery options all across Austin. Order from this list and you can support local restaurants, while graciously admitting that you aren’t up to the task of preparing your own 10-course omakase.
This East Side izakaya/sushi hybrid recently opened their doors and their patio to dine-in customers, but they also have their full menu available to-go. The sushi here is excellent - grab whatever specials they have available for the day and throw in an extra roll or two to fill up. We went with a few of their daily nigiri recommendations, as well as a roll of the fatty tuna with pickled daikon - everything was excellent and packaged well for a take-home experience. Grab a bottle of sake and throw in a few yakitori skewers if you want to recreate the full izakaya experience at home.
With handrolls during the day and omakase at night, Uroko has consistently been one of the best sushi spots in Austin. The omakase - available for dine-in or takeout - runs $45/person, with the option to add hand-selected sake. They’ve also got take-home DIY family-sized handroll sets if you’re in the mood for some hands-on sushi fun, but we can’t promise the rolls will come out looking quite as pretty as theirs.
The North Austin restaurant Tomodachi has a small dining room and sushi bar, and they also run a very robust takeout operation. They do traditional sushi, sashimi, and rolls exceptionally well, and they also have hot dishes like black cod, tonkatsu, and teriyaki. But where they really shine are the specials that they post on the wall (and on their Facebook account once a week) with fish flown in from places like Japan and Hawaii.
Tenten is a new spot downtown that opened just before the entire world changed. And while their dining room has reopened, they’re also doing takeout, with a full menu of sashimi, nigiri, rolls, and even a seven-piece omakase if you want to sit back and let the chef decide. There are also cocktail kits, sake, beer, and wine available.
Over on South Congress, Lucky Robot is making some excellent sushi at reasonable prices. They’re currently open for dine-in, but they’re still offering a lot of takeout options, including a sake club and a DIY sushi kit if you want to let out your inner chef. We really like the chirashi bowl here - the portions are large, and it’s almost as fun to look at as it is to eat.
We’re all experiencing a lot of firsts right now - from virtual Happy Hours to finally opening the drawer beneath our ovens for the first time. And along with those things, we can now finally enjoy Uchi at home and without reservations. They have a limited menu of sushi and sashimi, with a core and a vegetarian menu, so there’s a little something for everyone (the super crispy brussels sprouts are on both). There’s also beer, wine, and sake available for 25% off.
Eurasia Sushi Bar & Seafood
As the name suggests, Eurasia serves up European-inspired sushi, rolls, and seafood. What does that entail? Think wagyu puff pastries and tempura-fried calamari. Of course, there are plenty of more traditional items as well, including sushi rolls, nigiri, and family-sized combos that feed up to four.
You might remember this place by its previous name, Hanabi, but despite the recent change, Haru still has the same quality sushi. Their extensive Happy Hour menu is only available for dine-in, but you can order from the rest of the menu for takeout and delivery. There’s even an option for omakase platters that can feed up to five.
You may have fond memories of wild karaoke nights at DK Sushi on South 1st. While the karaoke portion might be temporarily paused, you can at least still order the same sushi. Recreate the experience at home by cranking up the volume and singing your best rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Make sure to order the specials, they’re the best thing here.
Mikado Ryotei specializes in Northern Japan-style tapas, with things like miso sea bass and pepper tuna tataki. They also have a great selection of sashimi, nigiri, and signature rolls, with the option to order a chef’s choice platter for one or two.
They might be known best for their hand-pulled noodles, but Xian also has a full menu of sushi and sashimi, making it perfect for when you and your roommate can’t decide between chirashi bowls and dan dan noodles for dinner. The Mueller and Domain locations are currently open for pickup, delivery, and dine-in.
Kome is open with a large selection of bento boxes, nigiri, and signature rolls. There’s also a daily set of nigiri and sashimi, as well as rotating specials like Hokkaido Uni Don or grilled salmon collar. Or if you’re in the mood for ramen, their sister restaurant, Daruma, is operating out of the same kitchen for the time being. And if you really want to recreate the Kome experience, you can pull up to your curbside pickup spot 45 minutes early and select the “elevator music” playlist on Spotify to simulate the normal wait time.