Pacific Rim Sushi & Yakitori Lounge,
Austin’s Only Yakitori and Japanese Sports Bar, Now Open
Festivities Kick Off With Grand Opening Party
and Viewings for Women’s World Cup
Hungry Austinites looking for a completely unique dining and game-day experience are discovering an ocean of Japanese delicacies, yakitori specialties and sports-bar amenities at the recently opened Pacific Rim Sushi & Yakitori Lounge in North Austin.
The only yakitori lounge in Austin, Pacific Rim specializes in serving sizzling, charcoal-grilled, bamboo-skewered seafood, meat and vegetable yakitori—scrumptious dishes traditionally eaten alongside beer or cocktails after a hard day’s work. Perfect game-day fare, Pacific Rim’s yakitori highlights include mouth-watering small plates of escolar ($5.50), bacon-wrapped shrimp and scallops ($6.50 each), salmon ($5.50), lamb ($5.50), pork belly ($5), beef tenderloin ($5.50), shitake mushroom ($4) and chicken ($5.50).
Offering a whole new game plan for every sports-bar experience, Pacific Rim serves up all the luxuries sports enthusiasts crave, including a comfortable lounge bedecked with plenty of large-screen televisions airing locals’ and visitors’ favorite sports events. Throughout the month-long Women’s World Cup, Pacific Rim is the perfect spot to catch these historic soccer games all the way through to the finals on July 5, in the comfortable sports lounge. Pacific Rim will show the tournament games all the way through to the finals on July 5. Whether it’s the Women’s World Cup, the European Soccer Cup, the U.S. Open, the Tour de France, Formula 1 races, the Beach Volleyball World Championship or some UFC fighting action, Pacific Rim is the ideal sports bar to kick back with luscious Polynesian cocktails and yakitori while toasting your favorite sports and teams.
Co-owned and operated by Benny Leung, one of the proprietors of upscale sushi bar Maiko in downtown Austin, Pacific Rim features a bountiful selection of sushi, from specialty rolls like the Heat of the Moment ($10), a torched spicy tuna roll topped with jalapeño slices, spicy mayo and tobiko; and the Lobster Roll ($15), an unforgettable roll of shrimp tempura, jalapeño, avocado and kani topped with tempura lobster, spicy mayo, eel sauce, scallion and red and black tobiko with ponzu sauce on the side; to classic rolls like the Lump Crab California ($11), with shredded crab, avocado, cucumber and masago; and the Red Dragon ($11), an asparagus tempura, crab stick and avocado roll topped with spicy tuna; to an abundance of fresh nigiri and sashimi.
In celebration of its kickoff, Pacific Rim will host a Grand Opening Party on June 24, featuring drink and food specials and all the karaoke guests can croon out.
Raise a glass because every day is happy hour at Pacific Rim, with specials offered from 3 p.m. to closing Monday through Friday, and Saturday, 5 p.m. to closing. Happy-hour specials include $2 off any wine or cocktail, including delicious Polynesian cocktails like the Classic Blue Hawaiian (light run, vodka, blue curacao, orange juice and sweet & sour mix); and the Pac Mule (Tito's, plum wine, Ty-Ku citrus, house-made ginger beer, muddled ginger and lime); as well as $1 off Pacific Rim’s extensive beer or sake selections. Can’t-miss happy-hour delicacies include selections from the sushi, maki, yakitori, shooters and tapas menus, such as baby back rib tapas ($6), shrimp dumplings ($4.50) baked mussels ($6) and the quail egg shooter ($3.25), with spicy, infused sake, ponzu, masago and chives.
Lovers of Japanese cuisine who can’t wait for dinner to gobble up these specialties can head to Pacific Rim for lunch service, featuring a wide array of appetizers, soups and salads, bento boxes, unique lunch specials, specialty sushi rolls, nigiri and sashimi, lunch combinations and indulgent desserts. Must-try lunch dishes include the Wagyu Beef Hot Sizzling Plate appetizer ($18), thinly sliced well-marbled beef cooked tableside with garlic butter and citrus ponzu; the Creamy Japanese Pumpkin Soup ($5), with kabocha squash, brown sugar, togarashi and toasted pumpkin seeds; the Shrimp Yakitori Bento Box ($10), served as all bento boxes are with three pieces of spicy tuna roll, a spring roll, gyoza, soup, salad and fried rice; the unforgettable Saki Mac & Cheese ($11), spiral pasta cooked with white cheddar cheese, a sake reduction, scallions and black sesame seeds; the Texas Monster specialty roll ($13), with shrimp tempura, avocado and jalapeño, topped with sliced tuna and an alluring tequila lime sauce; and the Tempura Banana dessert ($6), delicately fried banana with ice cream, espresso caramel and coffee dust.
In addition to all of Pacific Rim’s lunch, happy hour, dinner and game-day offerings, Pacific Rim also features karaoke every Saturday night in the lounge, and live jazz music every Thursday night.
Pacific Rim Sushi & Yakitori Lounge is located at 9070 Research Blvd., suite 305, in North Austin. The only yakitori lounge in Austin, Pacific Rim offers an extensive menu of Japanese cuisine, including yakitori, tapas, sushi and sashimi, combinations, Japanese entrées and desserts, as well as a variety of beers, wines, sake and Polynesian cocktails. Pacific Rim is open daily, with happy hour from 3 p.m. to closing Monday through Friday, and Saturday, 5 p.m. to closing, and features an array of sports-bar amenities. For more information about Pacific Rim Sushi & Yakitori Lounge, the Grand Opening Party and the menu specialties, call (512) 458-8881, or visit www.PRSushi.com.
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