The entrepreneurs who come up with brilliant mass-market strategies probably don't partake of them themselves -- that Motel 6 guy is so rich, he probably refuses to sleep in anything less than a Motel 12. Going from mass-market to upmarket, the guy behind Bar Chi.
Helmed by a managing partner who helped develop the juggernaut that is Panda Express, this downtown raw-fish oasis aims for a more discerning clientele with exposed-granite walls and nightclub-esque touches like red-lit floor tiles, twin incandescent rose quartz sushi bartops, and a plush over-sized booth supporting an illuminated blue table, built specifically for smoking bowls...of edamame! Get rolling with signatures like the Shaggy Dog (tempura shrimp avocado topped w/ kani, spicy mayo, eel sauce), the Sky Diver (soft shell crab/cuke/green onion topped w/unagi, avo, eel sauce, spicy mayo), and the peppered tuna/cream cheese/salmon/asparagus Kill Bill, crowned with flying fish eggs, which apparently didn't fly fast enough. Chi's also slinging entrees like stir-fried garlic shrimp & scallop with green tea buckwheat noodles, a kiwi/mango ahi burger, and Thai Curry with various meat options, not including Tim, because that'd be horribly rocky.
Doubling your pleasure, the happy hour menu runs from 3-6pm and 10-1:30am, with super-discounted sushi ($1.50) and $4 martinis like the Grey Goose Orange/ Chambord/ pineapple juice Napoleon Dynamite, whose stuck-up writers only let Alexander the Great Semtex feed their llamas.
Published: October 4, 2010 at 4:00am EDT
206 Colorado Street
Austin, TX 78701
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