While the most well-known Japanese restaurants in Austin (namely, Uchi and Uchiko) are run by the same television-friendly star chef and cost a pretty penny to get into, that’s not to say the city’s without its more budget-friendly options. Promising “oriental grandeur at its finest aptitude,” Hanabi on West Anderson Lane offers one such example, and while it uses Japanese tradition as the base of every dish, we’re curious to see if any Korean influences make their way into the menu — after all, Executive Chef Dong Ho Choo was once a demi-chef at the COEX Westin in Seoul, where he won multiple culinary awards, including “Chef of the Year” not once, but twice before his departure for the States. With lunch, dinner and happy hour menus available, there’s also an Omakase menu on hand, but it’s only offered for those who specifically RSVP for it. Stop in and give the city’s latest Japanese hotspot a try.
2525 West Anderson Lane, Bldg 3, #120
Mon-Weds 11am-10pm, Thurs-Sat 11am-10:30pm, Sun noon-10pm
The Mexican American Cultural Center expands its horizons this Saturday night as it presents The Silk Road: An Asian Epicurean Experience. The ticketed event boasts seven food and wine pairings from local restaurants like Koriente and Kala’s Kuisine, as well as a tea bar sponsored by Zhi Tea, with sommeliers on hand to guide you through your culinary experience. Proceeds benefit Salehi for Asian Families, which provides critical services to domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking survivors — a worthy cause indeed.
RSVP online; tickets $65 apiece, proceeds benefiting charity
Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street
This Saturday, October 30, 7-10 pm
There’s no shortage of delicious sushi in Austin, but BarChi is a fantastic new place for a wonderful meal. Located in a sleek but unpretentious space in the AMLI Building at 2nd and Colorado Streets, BarChi offers a generously discounted all-day happy hour menu on Sundays, with a vast array of sushi, appetizers, beer, wine and cocktails all for under $5. The lychee martini is a local favorite, and BarChi offers very comfortable seating and a friendly staff for those who wish to dine alone at the bar just inside the front door.
Monday – Saturday 3 pm – 7 pm
all day Sunday (11:30 am – 10 pm)