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A New Crunchy Delivery Option Comes to Austin With Krispy Rice Sushi

Eater logo Eater 11/30/2020 Nadia Chaudhury
a close up of food on a plate: Krispy Rice’s spicy tuna krispy rice © Krispy Rice [Official] Krispy Rice’s spicy tuna krispy rice

A new delivery-only sushi restaurant from Los Angeles opened in Austin this fall. Krispy Rice is operating four locations in the Austin area — south, north, and northwest — since late October. Deliveries are made through third-party companies such as Grubhub and DoorDash.

The ghost kitchen restaurant’s namesake item — the Krispy Rice — places fish atop crispy rice. Flavors include the spicy tuna, king salmon with yuzu, and the vegan truffle avocado. The rest of the menu includes hand rolls like the spicy hamachi with wasabi wrapped in soy paper, as well as maki rolls, nigiri, and sashimi. Items are available a la carte or as part of boxed combinations and lunch sets.

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Krispy Rice launched in April in Los Angeles by a global hospitality group SBE and its food and beverage incubator branch C3 (not to be confused with Austin-based live events company C3 Presents). It quickly expanded with locations in New York, San Francisco, and Miami. Its Austin locations partnered with ghost kitchen startup company Reef Neighborhood Kitchens. There are also tentative plans to expand into Dallas at some point.

Krispy Rice is actually a spin-off of Los Angeles Japanese restaurant Katsuya, which originated the spicy tuna crispy rice item. Krispy’s menu was developed by chief culinary officer Martin Heierling and the Katsuya restaurant team.

calendar: One of Krispy Rice’s sushi box combination © Krispy Rice [Official] One of Krispy Rice’s sushi box combination

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