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
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.
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!