Some Austin sushi powerhouses have joined forces and today opened a new restaurant in East Austin. Sixteen-year Uchi veteran chef Masazumi Saio has teamed with Takehiro Asazu and Kayo Asazu, owners of Kome, to open Uroko (which means “fish scale” in Japanese), a sushi restaurant in Springdale General (1023 Springdale Road) specializing in temaki (hand rolls).

Uroko is not just a sushi restaurant, the ambitious project is split into three areas. The restaurant focuses on temaki (hand rolls) at lunch, and also offers sushi classes and weekend omakase (chef tasting) from chefs Saio and Asazu on Friday and Saturday nights. The reservation-only omakase menus will be served during a 45-minute service.

“It may sound too much for one small spot, but we three are all anxious to try these concepts we always wanted to try,” Kayo Asazu said, adding that they are excited to share their skills with customers interested in making sushi at home.

Takehiro and Kayo Asazu opened Kome on Airport Boulevard in 2011 after first coming to the attention of sushi lovers in 2009 with their trailer, Sushi-a-Go-Go and catering business, Deli Bento. Kome moved a few blocks down Airport in 2017, and the couple and their partners opened a second location of Sa-Ten, a coffee shop specializing in Japanese toasts, in the original Kome space.

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