Asian

Do you love Asian food? We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy Asian cuisine in Austin. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Austin restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like Tokyo Steak House and Sushi Bar, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like Kim Phung. We also point out good neighborhoods for Asian restaurants in Austin - North Austin, for instance. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!

9 Kim Phung
Noodles, noodles, noodles — if you like noodles, then Kim Phung is the place for you. This eatery does not have fancy decor or a designer address, but their signature pho noodle soup is the best lunch in Austin. This beef noodle soup is available in more than 10 varieties, and you can customize to your personal taste using cilantro, lime, peppers or other herbs and flavorings. All total, there are more than 40 different noodle dishes on Kim Phung's menu. Before they head back to the office, Austin workers sample a cup of Kim Phung's Thai coffee. It is served over ice and sweetened with condensed milk — the perfect pick-me-up! (512-451-2464)

8 Din Ho Chinese Barbecue
It's not just a barbecue restaurant. Din Ho's menu features over 200 dishes and provides extensive offerings for vegetarians. A favorite is black mushrooms with bok choy in a light soy sauce, but Chinese broccoli sautéed with ginger is a winner as well. Cantonese roast duck and barbecued pork are meaty standouts with rich, authentic flavors hard to find elsewhere. The ambience is decidedly causal, making Din Ho ideal for a quick lunch with co-workers or a festive family-style dinner with friends. (512-832-8788)

7 Thai Kitchen
A long-time favorite for affordable, satisfying Thai food, this casual spot is tops for a quick lunch or a relaxed meal. The vast menu includes more than 20 specially-labeled, super-spicy dishes like Spontaneous Combustion, which marries seafood and chicken in a fiery stew with chilis, basil, and bird pepper, and Nuclear Fishin, a hot green curry-doused steamed fish filet accented with basil, coconut milk, and bird pepper. Of course, you may prefer something a bit tamer, and plenty of mild-to-medium options suit any palate, along with lots of vegetarian choices. (512-474-2575)

6 Musashino
Purists, take note: the big draw at Musashino is traditional Tokyo-style sushi, eaten without soy sauce or wasabi. Of course, the menu includes a variety of choices, but "hybrid" sushi options stand out. Among them are the Ozzy roll (avocado, scallions, rice paper, salmon or tuna), and the Evel Knievel roll (salmon, avocado, cucumber, and ooba leaf with smelt roe and sesame seeds). You'll certainly feel more than comfortable ordering the omakase, which only includes the best of the best and represents a good value as well. (512-795-8593)

5 Uchi
If you believe sushi can only be prepared properly by a Japanese chef, are you in for a surprise! Uchi's owner-chef, Tyson Cole, is as American as they come, although he did spend several years under the tutelage of Austin's master sushi chef, Takehiko "Smokey" Fuse. The food, particularly sushi, is colorful and artfully presented. Cole strives to make sushi approachable to the masses, so in addition to traditional varieties, you'll find cooked sushi and creative American versions designed to appeal to folks who don't like seafood. (512-916-4808)

4 Origami
One of Austin's most relaxing and attractive restaurants, Origami is also one of the city's best for Japanese cuisine. The interior is appealingly spare, with clean lines, a charming rock garden, and tasteful Japanese art. The family-owned and operated business has a varied menu, and virtually everything on it is extremely well-prepared, especially the sushi, which is exceptionally fresh and beautifully presented. Sit at the sushi bar for an authentic experience. (512-238-6522)

3 Mikado Ryotei
Mikado's soothing and stylish earth-toned décor makes it a fine option for a quiet dinner for two or a small group, but perhaps the most notable thing about the restaurant is their wide-ranging menu. Sushi is a big draw — it's supremely fresh and well-prepared — but there are so many other options that even non-fans will be satisfied. Order a traditional appetizer-main course meal, or try a tapas-style meal with skewers of grilled teriyaki steak or shrimp, sake-steamed mussels, fried calamari or tempura veggies. At lunch, Mikado has wonderful bento box combinations that are as attractive as they are flavorful and filling. (512-833-8188)

2 Tokyo Steak House and Sushi Bar
You may think a Japanese restaurant would have precious little that appeals to a child's palate, but that's not the case here. Guests are seated around grill tables, where patrons can enjoy an entire meal, from tasty miso soup right through to plum ice cream. In between, vegetables and meats become little morsels of acrobatic prowess as an athletic, personable chef slices, dices, sears, and otherwise prepares your meal — flashing steel and fiery grill tricks enchant most children (and adults!). Don't be surprised if your youngster wants to try something completely new — after all, food that's fun to watch must be equally good to eat, right? Try the lunch specials and happy hour as well. (512-388-7896, 512-388-9862)

1 Kenichi
Stylish and often populated with a hip crowd, Austin's Kenichi is sibling to the celebrated Aspen, Colorado, restaurant of the same name. The interior alone makes it worth a visit: expect sleek lines, black tableware, and impressive floral displays. The food is just as aesthetically pleasing, and it also tastes good, characterized by complex, multi-layered flavor combinations. Tempura dynamite shrimp is topped with masago aioli and red Thai chili paste then broiled and accented with garlicky eel sauce, while salmon is steamed in bamboo skin and served with chipotle teriyaki sauce. (512-320-8883)

Maps and Directions

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Kim Phung 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Vietnamese
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: North Austin
COST: $
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Din Ho Chinese Barbecue 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: North Austin
COST: $
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Thai Kitchen 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Thai, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Catering, Delivery, Group Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: North Austin
COST: $
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Musashino 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: North Austin
COST: $$
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Uchi 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Take Out
Neighborhood: Barton Springs District
COST: $$
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Origami 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating
Neighborhood: Round Rock
COST: $$
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Mikado Ryotei 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: North Austin
COST: $$
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Tokyo Steak House and Sushi Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Steakhouse, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Family Friendly
Neighborhood: Round Rock
COST: $$
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Kenichi 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Sommelier, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$