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Friday, 05 February 2010



How can you be disappointed in fried shrimp?

Well, knowing that if I ate any of them I'd be carried out of the restaurant dead (very good odds I would) might be kinda disappointing . . . .

Albany Jane

Holy fing bleep - the price alone is amazing. I'm advising everyone I know in TX to go here. EVERYONE.

Also - fried shrimp is never anything remotely bad. I also get a kick out of the perfectly straight frying of shrimp that Japanese restos do. So cute and proper.

Maria Menounos

Wow everything looks so good!! Everything looks to professionally staged on the plate and looks even better to eat. Thanks for making me hungry and seeing what real dinners should look like! Thanks for making me hungry!!

Boots in the Oven

Marchbanks, ok, fine. I GUESS that's a good reason...

AJ, totally! The fried shrimp was awesome, though it made me wish we'd brought beer as well as sake. And it's definitely adorable.

Thank you, Maria - glad you enjoyed the post!



Just wanted to let you know that we took your advice and ate here last night. We really liked it all! We had the ankimo too (our first time to try it) and really liked it (especially with the cucumber). We also had the fried shrimp (I can't believe it tasted so light), the Japanese fried chicken (really really good), and some cabbage-pork pancakes. We also had a little nigiri plate of mackeral, sweet shrimp, and unagi. They also threw in some sort of whole fried prawn which ended up being one of my favorite things. We really enjoyed all of it. And all of that for only $40!

The hostess was also so sweet! After we ate, we walked over to "Lick it, Bite it, or Both" (pretty tasty, btw) and we saw her in there getting some ice cream with her daughter and she talked to us a bit more.

Thanks for the recommendation! I think it's safe to say that we trust your opinions on Austin food more than anyone else's!

Boots in the Oven

Aw, Nicole, that's so sweet of you! I'm thrilled you liked Ryu - it's fast becoming one of my favorite places in town. I'll have to try the fried chicken!

And I've been wondering what the hell that lickit place is, so thanks for the review. :-)


They make their own ice cream and cupcakes and you can order a "lick it" (ice cream), a "bite it" (cupcake), or "both" (both, obviously, either mixed together or separate).

Darius and I both ordered boths (separate). I had cake batter ice cream and a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter cream cheese frosting. Darius had espresso ice cream and a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting. I thought it was all pretty good. I also liked that even though we ordered ours in to-go cups, they stuck big chunks of waffle cone in there to eat with the ice cream. Nice touch! And the waffle cones were seriously awesome!

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