Hill Country Galleria restaurant goes the extra mile for fresh ingredients


High-quality fish is the standard at Tadashi, and according to owner Jenna Kim, it is what sets her restaurant apart from other sushi restaurants.

The family-owned sushi restaurant has been serving Japanese cuisine for about six years.

Twice a week, fish is flown into Tadashi from locations around the world, including from Tokyo’s Tsukiji market, to the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave. In order to ensure freshness, Kim said she works to guarantee the food makes it to Tadashi as fast as possible.

“We make sure our delivery time is shorter than other restaurants,” Kim said, adding the goal of freshness is so important to Tadashi that fish orders are picked up from the airport.

A 10-year sushi restaurant industry veteran, Kim said she always has her eyes on what is new in sushi.

Her first restaurant, Izumi in West Lake Hills, will celebrate its 10-year anniversary this fall.

Along with many staff members, Tadashi Executive Chef Sun II has worked alongside Kim since her first opening.

“Our chef is like an artist,” Kim said. “His skills are awesome.”

Sun said he plates all his dishes with the customer in mind, arranging the sushi so the view is best from the diner’s perspective.

Tadashi offers a wide variety of meals, including weekly fish specials, bento boxes, sushi samplers, ramen and what Kim said is the best spicy edamame in Austin.

She recommends ordering the bento box, which is served with miso soup, seaweed salad, squid salad, vegetable tempura, popcorn shrimp, chicken gyoza, a California roll, a crab stick, tamago, pickled jalapenos and a daily tasting side dish.

“It gets people to try a little bit of everything,” Kim said.

Kim said she loves that her restaurant has become a great place for families, friends, and large parties, and offers options for groups, such as the sushi boat.

“It’s fine dining, but we have a lot of families,” she said.

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