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South Austinites Rejoice! East Side King Now Open on South Lamar

12.31.2013 by: Leah McGarry
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The first brick and mortar location of Paul Qui and  Moto Utsunomiya's East Side King opened on South Lamar last week with no shortage of rave reviews.  The restaurant is bright, lively and fairly spacious, which is a plus considering the crowds that it can draw at lunch and dinner.  Parking isn’t exactly abundant, but there are a few spaces you can snag, and circling the block is definitely worth it if you don’t get lucky the first time.

Menu at East Side King South Lamar

The menu features classic items inspired by Japanese street food, along with a selection of tacos. We enjoyed the signature Poor Qui Buns, steam buns filled with pork belly, cucumber kimchee, and a generous drizzle of hoisin sauce, and the Brussels sprouts salad, with its mix of herbs and a sliced deep fried bun on top.

  

Poor Qui Buns

    

Brussels Sprouts

The taco menu features a variety of proteins in steamed moo shu wraps.  We were most intrigued by the Tako Taco with butter poached octopus, but unfortunately they were out.  (This is a popular item so consider yourself lucky if you score it).  We stuck with seafood and opted for the Ebi Ebi with tempura shrimp and avocado, along with classic ESK fixin’s.  Next time we’ll try the Chasu Pork Taco with hoisin, guacamole, and herbs.

      

Ebi Ebi Tacos

Check out the full menu here:

“Classics”

1. Thai Chicken Kara-agé $8 (Gluten free)

Deep-fried chicken thigh, sweet & spicy sauce, basil, cilantro, mint, onion, jalapeño

2. Poor Qui’s Buns (2pcs) $7

Roasted pork belly in steamed bun, hoisin sauce, cucumber kimchee*, green onion

3. Beet Home Fries $7 (Vegetarian and gluten free – can be vegan)

Deep-fried roasted beets, kewpie mayo, Shichimi togarashi, green onion

4. Brussels Sprout Salad $7 (Vegetarian – can be vegan / gluten free)

Fried Brussels sprouts, sweet & spicy sauce, shredded cabbage, basil, cilantro, mint, onion, jalapeño, deep-fried bun

5. Liberty Rice $4 (Vegan – can be gluten free)

Steamed jasmine rice, ginger, garlic oil, basil, cilantro, mint, onion, jalapeño

6. Tori Meshi $8 (Can be gluten free)

Thai chicken kara-agé & Liberty rice

7. Veggie Meshi $7 (Vegan – can be gluten free)

Brussels sprout salad & Liberty rice

“Tacos”

8. Mochi Taco $5 (Vegetarian- can be vegan)

Mochi in a steamed moo shu wrap topped with bico, cotija cheese, yuzu kosho salsa, avocado, basil, cilantro, mint

9. Spicy Chicken Taco $6

Chicken thigh marinated in achiote and sambal bajak*, steamed moo shu wrap, with Yuzu Kosho salsa, cabbage, avocado, onion, basil, cilantro, mint, crispy chicken skin

10. Chasu Pork Taco $7

Seared fatty pork and lean pork, steamed moo shu wrap, with hoisin sauce, nori guacamole, onion, cabbage, basil, cilantro, mint

11. Tako Taco $8

Butter poached octopus, crispy moo shu wrap, with a vegetable ceviche, tobiko

12. Ebi Ebi Taco $8

Tempura fried shrimp in a steamed moo shu wrap, with gochujang sauce, kewpie mayo, avocado, cabbage, basil, cilantro, mint

* cucumber kimchee and sambal bajak contain shrimp products

Now that the opening day buzz has started to die down, head over to South Lamar to get your hands on some signature East Side King bites.  

{East Side King Official Website}

TAGS : South Lamar/South First , East Side King - South Lamar