The hits just keep on coming for the East Austin mash-up of izakaya and smokehouse and the all-day, wine-centric cafe on South Congress Avenue.
Kemuri Tatsu-Ya and June’s All Day earned spots on Bon Appetit’s list of the 50 Best New Restaurants in America. They were the only two Texas restaurants to make the annual list. This after June’s landed a spot on a similar lists by Food & Wine earlier this year, as well as nabbing very positive reviews from the Statesman, and Kemuri took a spot on the Best New Restaurants list from GQ. Bon Appetit’s list of winners will be announced in the coming weeks.
Here’s what Bon Appetit had to say, in part, about Kemuri:
ASK ABOUT: the specials, or Kemuri-Osusume (“recommendations’). Some of the best things we ate came from this menu, including a rich crawfish chawanmushi (steamed egg custard) and “fries with eyes,” roe-filled smelt that are deep-fried.
And, of June’s:
GO HERE: to find out what our ideal wine bar looks (colorful! neon!) and tastes like (a little bit healthy, a little bit indulgent). Restaurateurs Larry McGuire and Tom Moorman have done it again (see also: Jeffrey’s and Clark’s Oyster Bar) combining smart, stylish settings with good food and vibes.
RELATED Statesman reviews:Cultural exchange: Excellent Kemuri Tatsu-Ya mashes up Texas and JapanJune’s All Day backs up its style with substance2016 Austin360 Dining Guide:The Top 25 restaurants in Austin (Kemuri and June’s weren’t eligible for this list.)