After our fifth rewatch of Jiro Dreams Of Sushi - a documentary with endless vignettes of fish on top of perfect little mounds of pristine rice - we felt inspired. Three bags of Minute Rice and five cans of tuna later, we decided that we didn’t have the skill or the pantry ingredients needed to cut it in the sushi world. Fortunately, there are plenty of great takeout and delivery options all across Austin. Order from this list and you can support local restaurants, while graciously admitting that you aren’t up to the task of preparing your own 10-course omakase.
With handrolls during the day and omakase at night, Uroko has consistently been one of the best sushi spots in Austin. The omakase runs $45/person, with the option to add hand-selected sake. They’ve also got take-home DIY family-sized handroll sets if you’re in the mood for some hands-on sushi fun, but we can’t promise the rolls will come out looking quite as pretty as theirs.
East Side sushi and yakitori spot Fukumoto has shifted mostly to take-home bento boxes. But there’s still the option to order a five-piece Tokujo or Nami sushi set - premium and standard, respectively - in addition to some classic maki rolls. They’ve got a great selection of bottled sake as well. The best part? Not needing to find parking on East Sixth.
Tenten is a new spot downtown that opened just before the entire world changed. And while we can’t go try this place in-person right now, it is currently open for takeout, with a full menu of sashimi, nigiri, rolls, and even a seven-piece omakase if you want to sit back and let the chef decide. There are also cocktail kits, sake, beer, and wine available, and 100% of profits go to their out-of-work staff.
We’re all experiencing a lot of firsts right now - from virtual Happy Hours to finally opening the drawer beneath our ovens for the first time. And along with those things, we can now finally enjoy Uchi at home and without reservations. They have a limited menu of sushi and sashimi, with a core and a vegetarian menu, so there’s a little something for everyone (the super crispy brussels sprouts are on both). There’s also beer, wine, and sake available for 25% off.
You might remember this place by its previous name, Hanabi, but despite the recent change, Haru still has the same quality sushi. Their extensive Happy Hour menu isn’t available at the moment, but you can order from the rest of the menu for takeout and delivery. There’s even an option for omakase platters that can feed up to five.
Eurasia Sushi Bar & Seafood
As the name suggests, Eurasia serves up European-inspired sushi, rolls, and seafood. What does that entail? Think wagyu puff pastries and tempura-fried calamari. Of course, there are plenty of more traditional items as well, including sushi rolls, nigiri, and family-sized combos that feed up to four.
Kome is open with a large selection of bento boxes, nigiri, and signature rolls. There’s also a daily set of nigiri and sashimi, as well as rotating specials like Hokkaido Uni Don or grilled salmon collar. Or if you’re in the mood for ramen, their sister restaurant, Daruma, is operating out of the same kitchen for the time being. And if you really want to recreate the Kome experience, you can pull up to your curbside pickup spot 45 minutes early and select the “elevator music” playlist on Spotify to simulate the normal wait time.
Normally you’d take your shoes off to sit in one of Ichiban’s Tatami-style dining rooms, but now with delivery and takeout, you get to decide when the shoes come off (when was the last time you put them on?). In addition to nigiri, sashimi, and signature rolls, they have specials like sashimi bibimbap and an ahi tower.
This might not be the first place you think of when you’re looking for sushi, but Chinatown’s Westlake and North locations have dedicated sushi menus with everything from traditional maki rolls and nigiri, to signature rolls and chef’s choice sushi and sashimi platters. If you’ve ever wondered how General Tso’s Chicken and a tuna roll pair, now’s your chance to find out.
D K Sushi and Seoul Asian Food Market
You may have fond memories of wild karaoke nights at DK Sushi. While the karaoke portion might be temporarily paused, you can at least still order the same sushi. Recreate the experience at home by cranking up the volume and singing your best rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Mikado Ryotei specializes in Northern Japan-style tapas, with things like miso sea bass and pepper tuna tataki. They also have a great selection of sashimi, nigiri, and signature rolls, with the option to order a chef’s choice platter for one or two.
They might be known best for their hand-pulled noodles, but Xian also has a full menu of sushi and sashimi, making it perfect for when you and your roommate can’t decide between chirashi bowls and dan dan noodles for dinner. The Mueller and Domain locations are currently open for pickup and delivery.
During normal times, Kyoten operates as a high-end omakase spot beneath a Mueller apartment complex. But these are not normal times, so now they’re open for daily pickups with a limited menu of rolls, bowls, and appetizers. Bottled sake, beer, and wine are available as well, and all orders can be placed online for next day pickup.