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Maybe I don't have to tell you about Musashino. Maybe you've already enjoyed its swanky environs. Maybe you've come to realize it's the poor man's Uchi. But here's something you don't know: I accidentally ordered three sushi rolls, for myself, the first time I went (too much sake), and enjoyed every last bite. Two involved habanero-infused caviar (an ingredient they love to use here), and the other squid ink-infused sushi rice, black and oily. I'm normally a very generous person, but this time, I didn't share.
Great sushi!!. Went here recently for the first time with my husband n found the place to be very quaint n private. I've never had sushi before and was pleasantly surprised that the waitress was so helpful in explaining to me the different fishes and how to eat it. Tried a stuffed avocado that was amazing.. And a fried icecream that was delicious. We'll definatly will be going back. It's a must try if you haven't been
best in town.
you just cant beat mushashino for overall sushi experience. its authentic and delicious. the sushi pieces are cut a little thick for my small mouth but its always good.
youre safe to order things like sea urchin and ankimo here, as well as a really mean roll called the texas style, i think. stay away from the southsider. yuck...to sweet and saucy.
the desserts are worth skipping, sit in front of smokey at the sushi bar!
Bad manners. My husband and I have eaten at this wonderful establishment more times than I can count. It is on our list as one of, if not the, best places for sushi in Austin. That being said, lately the service has really gone downhill. On our most recent visit a manager, whom I've never seen before (maybe he's new?) asked us to give up our table as we were finishing dinner and drinks with another couple. We had ordered two bottles of wine and spent quite a large amount of money on sushi. We were not trying to take a long time - we were simply finishing our drinks and using the restroom. I have never been so embarassed by a service person before. We were told there was a long wait and they needed our table. I have waited for tables at Musashino many times. Good food is worth waiting for - poor service is not. I'm not sure I would feel comfortable returning to eat with another couple. I felt like I was eating at a "turn 'em and burn 'em" rather than one of the best sushi spots in town. Truly disappointing.
Not As Good As It Used to Be. After being told 45 minutes for a table and waiting 1.5 hrs my group of 4 spent over $300 and were asked to leave our table 40 minutes after sitting so they could give it to someone else. We were about to leave, one person was in the restroom so they could have waited. Of course none of that mattered the next day because ALL 4 OF US WERE SICK. Had not been here in a while since the bad Food For Thought reports, should have not gone back. Good luck if you eat here, you'll need it.
good sushi, bad value. heard it was the best in town so had to check it out. the sushi is good, but like many other reviewers, i found it to be very over-priced. we went early so didn't wait and service was good.
Service with an Attitude. The waitress was pretty snarky throughout the whole meal. She put the wrong meal down in front of the wrong person and just had an attitude about everything. But the crazy thing happened after we finished our meal. We asked for the check and when we paid we gave her $200 for a bill that was $135. She asked, 'do you want change?' Um... Of course we want change. So, she brought our change back but she didn't bring back the bill. We had to go find her and ask for the bill back, because after paying $135 seemed to be too expensive for what we ordered. When we got the bill back we saw that a gratuity had already been added. We only had five people, and I have never heard of a grauitity being added for less than 6 people. Plus, we felt like the reason they didn't bring back the check was because they were hoping we would pay the tip twice. It was very sketchy. I wouldn't recommend this place.
not so fast....
I ate here the other night with some out-of-town friends. After raving about it for some time, they were excited to finally have the opportunity to dig in. Well, lets just say I've had better sushi in the Dell dining room at work. The $5/piece of bluefin was brown (friends didn't even eat the other 3 pieces) the rolls crumbled (couldn't even pick them up) and the portion sizes seemed to have been cut in half. We were all very dissappointed, and I was embaressed with my choice of restaurants.
Also, as a follow up to the austin hippie's comment, my visa card was over-charged by $33.42...not really sure why, guess I'll give them a call too.
Absolute Favorite & Response to AustinHippie.
First I have to say that Musashino is my favorite Austin restaurant, and one I look forward to for months in between visits.
To address AustinHippie's experience with the overcharge, there actually is an explanation. I work in a restaurant here in town, and this happens a lot. Sometimes when I credit card is rang up, there is reason to re-ring it (for whatever reason something was added to the bill, such as a forgotten drink, or the original copy was thrown away - this stuff happens) anyhow, when this happens the transaction will show up as "pending" in your statement until the final charge has gone through. When people come to me complaining of double or over charges, I tell them to wait a few days, and if it's no longer pending to call the manager of the restaurant. Almost every time, no one's trying to cheat you, it's just a computer thing, :)
beware. My wife are huge fans of Musashino...have been for many years. However, the last 3 times we've gone, our credit card has been over charged by anywhere from $18 to $56. Now I'm very familiar with the restaurant industry, and I know that occasionally a server will "pad" their tip, but the last time we ate there, I even mentioned the occurences to the waitress (one of our favorites), and it still happened. I questioned the owner and he simply replied "I'll look into it". Then a couple days later, the charges were corrected on my statements. There was no explination, or appology what -so-ever. So while I still highly recommend this long time Austin establishment, I must urge you to pay with cash or keep an eye on the transaction.
great sushi. the fish quality was great! the chefs seemed very knowledgable and friendly. this is the best place i've tried in austin so far. the service seemed rushed and a bit unfriendly but the overall experience was great. not sure if they take reservations but do suggest it if they do. get the escolar. it was great! the atmosphere was very close to a real japanese experience.
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