Austin Origami Express
Just got back. Apparently has been there since March but I hadn't noticed it. Had a soba noodle special with a tempura shrimp and a couple pieces of tempura vegetables in soy broth with a couple little shu mai on the side. Was very good for like 7.25. No customers but me at 8:00. Is open a split shift 11-2 or 3 and 5 to 9. Will go back for the udon. Had a spider roll for under 6.00. Might have to try that too.
2438 W Anderson LN
Austin, TX 78757
Ohhh...great! I saw an ad for this place in the Chronicle, but when I tried to find it online, all I found was a place in Round Rock. The ad seemed as if it had great potential for a "regular" Japanese place...I posted looking for authentic Japanese and got a great suggestion for Musashino - but I'm craving a less fancy experience. I will make the trek North to Fujiyama, based on ChristineR's suggestion (that you supported!) but the group table teppanyaki is a whole different thing. I enjoy Tokyo, and also thanks to this board, found the wonderful Sushi Niichi...I will hasten to Origami express (thanks!), and hope for any other suggestions!
We had dinner there last night. I was a little apprehensive about the "Express" in the name. It gave me the feeling that this would be something like Zen (yuck!). It is, however, a regular full-service restaurant. It seems like it's split into two halves... the half where you walk in the door, which is a little drab, with several tables and too-bright lighting... and the other half which is where I'd suggest asking for a table. It's roomy, comfortable and well lit on that side.
We sat at the small sushi bar and ordered nigiri (sea bass, yellowtail, salmon, albacore and escarole), a spicy tuna roll and a rainbow roll. Overall, it's pretty quality sushi at a reasonable price. The young guy preparing the food was very knowledgable and nice to chat with.
We'll definitely be back. If you make the trek yourself, I HIGHLY recommend the escarole.