On the way back from the Got7 concert in Dallas to my home in San Antonio I stopped by my daughter’s house in Austin. We have driven past the location of Salsa & Kimchi on E. Riverside Drive quite a few times but have never been lucky enough to catch it when open. I would suggest calling ahead ( (512) 200-3082) if you don’t live nearby, or check on the hours which are available here. But this time we were in luck, and in more than one way. It was open, the food was amazing, and we got one of the few parking spaces.
The menu had a decent selection of appetizers, tacos, and meals. We chose the potstickers to start with, which were crisp on the outside and full of tasty goodness on the inside. You can chose from a few different sauces, but honestly they were so good the sauce was just an added bonus.
There were chicken kotsu tacos as well as beef bulgogi tacos and chicken teriyaki ones. We tried the kotsu and bulgogi ones which were delicious. They are fairly basic with minimal ingredients, but each of those ingredients added up to a really great flavor. The breading on the chicken kotsu was nice and crisp and the chicken was tender and moist with the cilantro and onions kicking up the zing factor. There was a choice of sauces and we chose an avocado one which was on a trial run. The beef bulgogi taco was also tasty and enjoyable.
The meals pretty much mirror the tacos, with the beef bulgogi one being our choice of the day. It comes with rice and homemade kimchi, which was excellent.
The prices are reasonable with our meal coming in at around $18 with more than enough food for the two of us. The wait time was perhaps a little long, but that was a small price to pay for such a delicious meal. Next time we will probably call ahead for takeout as, although covered, the seating area was hot under the Texas sun. The owner was pleasant and helpful and I understand he will adapt and stray from the menu for his regular customers. All in all I would recommend eating at Salsa & Kimchi and I know I’ll be going back next time I’m in Austin.
On a side note it is less than 5 minutes off Highway I35 so if he’s open it’s a great place for a meal en route. If you try the food here let me know in the comments what you had and what you thought. Thanks.
Have a great day everyone.