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Best Japanese restaurants in the world, or delusion?

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Tyson Cole says his 2 restaurants in Austin, Texas, are the preeminent Japanese restaurants in the world. Is he deranged, or can he back this up with his food. Anyone who knows care to comment on his remark?

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  1. Even if his food is outstanding and excellent (and it may well be, have no idea), that's an outrageously pompous and self-serving statement to make.

    1. Line dancing perhaps, but that is bold statement that on the surface seems absurd for so many reasons/

      1. +1 Delusion

        1. Overzealous for sure. I do however think he has the best in the US, the food really is amazing and is better than anything in NYC or LA.

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          1. re: twyst

            Yes, I'm sure he does a better peaches and clams than anyone around. Kudos to him for being a framebreaker and a creative chef. But his food only marginally looks Japanese and he certainly does not describe his cuisine along any of the lines of typical Japanese cuisine sensibility. His key statement was about making food approachable for Americans. With this, he seems more in the vain of Nobu and Morimoto fushion, with a slant toward American sensibilities.

            1. re: Silverjay

              I think I would rather eat at Marea or L2O instead.

              1. re: K K

                I have not been to Marea, but have been to L20 several times and have definitely enjoyed uchii more.

              2. re: Silverjay

                "Yes, I'm sure he does a better peaches and clams than anyone around." Great line Silverjay, think that pretty much sums it up for me. It's seems as though Americans like the idea of Japanese food, but they think it needs a little jazzing up, and the whole thing gets passed on third hand minus the sensibility, attention to detail, and simplicity that makes the cuisine so great.