South Austin Sushi: Yanagi

GREAT GREAT sushi. Terrible service.

It’s a shame. I’ve heard a lot of people complain about service in Austin restaurants, but I don’t usually share their sentiments. However, Yanagi’s service was bad, and worse than that, when confronted about it, they acted clueless as to what went wrong. (Clue: ordered appetizer sea bass at the beginning of the meal, it came out 30 minutes after our second round of rolls, and it wasn’t very good.) But let’s not dwell on how bad the service was and instead feast our eyes on the deliciousness that was hands down the best riceless roll I have ever eaten:

Sexy Roll: Tuna, salmon, white fish, crabmeat, and vegetables wrapped with cucumber (no rice), $11.95

We ordered some other great rolls, included a baked snapper which I think was called a flaming Hawaiian roll:

We ordered four sushi rolls, and each was very different, with great combinations of flavors and very fresh fish. The seaweed salad was huge and delicious, and the meal started off with free miso soup. Score on all food fronts!

For South Austinites, Yanagi is a sweet addition for close-to-home sushi. It’s not cheap, but its fish is definitely worth the price. However, the service makes me hesitant to make the trek down., 4404 William Canon

If you try it, let me know what kind of experience you have!

2 Comments to “South Austin Sushi: Yanagi”

  1. I used to not see the whole “bad service” thing here, but the last couple months I’ve had it constantly! One night at Lambert’s I almost thought I was on “Boiling Point,” it was that bad. And extra disappointing b/c I brought two out-of-towners and was raving about how great the place is.

  2. When I first moved to Austin from my hometown of Atlanta, I was really shocked with the low expectations people had regarding service in this town. Over time, though, I have embraced the easy going lifestyle of Austin. Although good service is important to me, I don’t think I would trade it in for the laid back Austin attitude that it derives from. I realized that sometimes you just take the good with the bad. As much as I love Atlanta, the people get carried away when they don’t get *perfect* service. Since moving to Austin, I learned not to get my panties in a wad over the little things. Of course, you always have those restaurants where it goes above and beyond bad service, and that’s always disappointing (especially if the food is good). I’m excited to try this sushi place, though. I am always looking for sushi restaurants with creative recipes!

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