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Korea Garden - A sad, slow slip to awful

amysuehere Jun 1, 2010 06:58 AM

Way back when, they were my pick for sushi bang for the buck....

Then they added the sushi train in an attempt to draw in a bigger lunch crowd. I admit at first I enjoyed it. The problem came when, at lunch, plates would go round and round getting mushy, soggy and stale.

I learned to get my lunch sushi to go and to order things I knew they only made a few of (summer and sunshine, because they were more "high-end" rolls) so as to get mine freshly made and boxed for me to enjoy. Alas, even this started to fade over the past year.

The final decent came yesterday when we hoped to take advantage of the lunch sushi combos they only offer during the week.

Now we all know the routine most if not all of the places that serve sushi have as their lunch combo. You get an assortment of five nigiri (salmon, shrimp, tuna, escolar and snapper) and a roll. My husband went this route and picked the spicy tuna. What he got was the SADDEST sushi plate I have ever laid eyes on. I wish I had taken a picture of the spicy tuna roll. Seriously, it was all mis-shaped and lumpy or very thin and the rice kept falling off even when you weren't touching it. It was sad-sad-sad. I took a sushi making class once, and my FIRST ROLL way out ranked this sad thing. Additionally, his "assortment" of nigiri was three snapper and two salmon and those were the saddest cuts of fish to add insult to injury.

I ordered the Lamar roll, and while it wasn't horrible, the rice again dropped off in sheets and was absolutely swimming in sweet sauce. Okay, it was pretty inedible.

I'm afraid this place is headed to the RIP post.

Korea Garden
6519 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

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    gilintx Jun 2, 2010 08:41 PM

    This place was pretty much as good as any sushi you could find in town for a while there. Last time I went (several years ago), I tried to sit at the bar (my favorite spot) and was shooed away by waitresses trying to get me to a table. I said thanks, but no thanks, and walked out. I never went back. I have no idea what happened there, but it's sad, nonetheless.

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    1. re: gilintx
      taliesin15 Jun 14, 2010 09:36 PM

      I used to work in that neighborhood, and had been several times, all over 5 years ago--sushi was better than you report--I would however get a Korean dish (which rocked) and a few sushi items too...further signs that the economy is affecting business...meanwhile, I'm sure there's some specials you could score at The Yellow Rose, across the street...

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