One of Austin’s best sushi purveyors, Kyōten, closed for business yesterday, as chef Otto Phan prepares to open Kyōten Sushiko at the Mueller development this spring. Phan, who career includes time at Bar Masa, Nobu and Uchi, will serve an omakase menu at his new restaurant, but he will also serve the boxed sushi (for dine-in and take-out) that made his East Austin trailer famous.
To preview one of his forthcoming lunch specials, Phan is serving his salmon oshizushi via UberEats today.
“It shows the unique level of harmony and balance that you can expect from the upcoming restaurant,” Phan said earlier this week via email. “It might look the same as what I’ve been doing in the trailer, but it’s not. There will be a significant ‘jump’ between the food at the trailer and the food at the restaurant.”
Phan said the sushi will be an improved take on the ocean-trout-based masu-zushi at the trailer and believes the food will hold up via the delivery service.
“It’s nice to do it through UberEats to show that this jump doesn’t have to come at exorbitant prices or ideal restaurant settings. You don’t need a Stradivarius to play pitch perfect music,” Phan said.