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Shilla Restaurant
Review #

Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

2

Shilla Restaurant

6406 N I H 35 # 2343
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 453-4111

Head Public Restaurant Critic

1/10/2008

Great!

A lot of people love sushi, and many of those people are sushi connoisseurs -- they can tell you about the various grades and subtleties of sushi, what constitutes good and bad sushi, etc.

I like sushi, a lot. I can’t be articulate about what separates good sushi from bad sushi, but I know I don’t like the sushi one finds at a supermarket and I love the sushi here at Shilla Restaurant. It’s cheap (relatively, for sushi) if you come during lunch hours, and the staff is friendly. It’s a Korean barbeque restaurant, but I only ever get the sushi.

I only had one bad experience here, where I had ordered a rainbow roll, consisting of a California roll with 5 kinds of fish on top, and the cucumber wasn’t thinly sliced like I had come to expect from them.

But overall, I like this place, a lot.


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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

2-a

Shilla Restaurant

6406 N I H 35 # 2343
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 453-4111

Head Public Restaurant Critic

3/12/2008

Great!

Another visit to Shilla Restaurant. Read the original review here.

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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

2-b

Shilla Restaurant

6406 N I H 35 # 2343
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 453-4111

Head Public Restaurant Critic

4/9/2008

Great!

I kinda eat here a lot. Read my original review here.

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Location

Reviewer

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Rating

2-c

Shilla Restaurant

6406 N I H 35 # 2343
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 453-4111

Head Public Restaurant Critic

4/23/2008

Satisfactory

I go to Shilla Restaurant quite often as I like their lunch special, SS5, which consists of a rainbow roll and 5 pieces of sashimi. Plus, the same lady usually waits on me, so generally I know that in addition to good sushi, I'm also going to get good service. This time, however, I was not waited on by the same lady as usual, and this time the service kind of sucked.

This time I was waited on by some guy, and he wasn't that great of a waiter. First, with every meal, the restaurant provides complementary miso soup, which they normally bring to you after they take your order -- not this time. This time, I had to ask for the miso soup, otherwise my waiter would never have brought it to me. Secondly, and most importantly the thing that most pissed me off, is that the waiter never came by to refill my water. Finally, the lady that normally waits on me came by to refill my water, but still, the waiter should have been more attentive.

I really like this restaurant, and I know I'll be back soon, but man, the service just sucked on this visit.

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Location

Reviewer

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Rating

2-d

Shilla Restaurant

6406 N I H 35 # 2343
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 453-4111

Head Public Restaurant Critic

5/7/2008

Great!

Sushi! Read the original review here.

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Location

Reviewer

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Rating

2-e

Shilla Restaurant

6406 N I H 35 # 2343
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 453-4111

Head Public Restaurant Critic

6/12/2008

Good

Yup, I do eat here a lot.

Whenever I come here the same staff is always working, and it's always the same guy and woman that are attending the dining room (I think the restaurant is a family owned business).

When I normally eat here the lady always sits me and takes my order and promptly brings me some miso soup. One time, the guy sat me and just kind of forgot about me. He didn't bring me any miso soup, which I had to ask him for. This time, the guy sat me again. And again, no miso soup. Luckily, the lady that normally sits me saw that I had no miso soup, so she brought me some, which was cool. Normally, the service here is pretty good, but not when the guy is taking care of you.

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2-f

Shilla Restaurant

6406 N I H 35 # 2343
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 453-4111

Head Public Restaurant Critic

7/7/2008

Good

I woke up today and knew immediately that I wanted sushi. My normal sushi place is Shilla Restaurant and I always get their SS5 lunch special, a 6 piece sushi with a dragon roll (California roll with 5 kinds of fish on top) which normally costs me $14 (including tip). I really should be saving money since I'm unemployed and blowing through my savings, but oh well (by the way, if anybody's interested, I will review restaurants for food if anybody's looking for a personal restaurant critic). I woke up knowing I wanted sushi and god damnit I was gonna have sushi.

The restaurant doesn't open till 11 am and I was there at 11:15 am -- I was also the only person there. I eat at this place a lot, but it was kind of eerie being the only customer, so much so that I contemplated walking out, but I was just too hungry. The sushi was good -- it really hit the spot and sedated my sushi desires for at least a week (hopefully -- sushi's expensive).

By the time I had finished my meal two customers (not together) had come in. I really like this place and I hope they get enough business to stay open, but it was just really eerie being the only customer there for awhile, so eerie in fact that next time I think I just might bolt and come back later.

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Reviewer

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Rating

2-g

Shilla Restaurant

6406 N I H 35 # 2343
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 453-4111

Head Public Restaurant Critic

8/4/2008

Good

Sushi!


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Location

Reviewer

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Rating

2-h

Shilla Restaurant

6406 N IH 35 #2343
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 453-4111

Head Public Restaurant Critic

11/7/2008

Good

Ok, so it's been a while since I've been back to Shilla Restaurant. When I first found this restaurant, I thought it was awesome for its lunch specials and it started becoming my default place to go for sushi during the work week's lunch time hours. Then, I got a job in another part of town and I couldn't make it to the Shilla lunch specials and back within an hour, so I stopped going. Then I found another sushi place with lunch specials in the vicinity of my work and started going there, realizing that I didn't have the culinary tasting chops to differentiate the two different sushi places, so this new sushi place near my work became my default sushi lunch hour place of choice.

Recently, I got off of work early on a Friday and decided to check out my old sushi haunting ground, Shilla Restaurant. Normally when I go to Shilla, I go around 1, 1:30 to avoid the lunch crowd, and boy do I avoid them as there are hardly any customers when I normally used to go. I used to wonder if that was the norm for them, with so little customers, and if they would be able to stay open. This time, I went right at 12, and man, there were more customers that I was accustomed to. It wasn't packed, but it was busy.

So I sat down and ordered what I normally order at Shilla, the SS5 lunch special consisting of a rainbow row and 5 pieces of sushi, with some miso soup thrown in for good measure. When I got my sushi, I was surprised to find, in addition to the sushi I ordered, I found two big pieces of a roll I had never previously had. The roll had salmon (cooked) and cream cheese inside, was fried with some sort of batter around it, and was drizzled with some sort of black sauce. I ate these rolls last because I didn't want the black sauce contaminating my little dish of soy sauce that I was using for the rest of my sushi, and I was surprised to find that these two extra roll pieces were actually pretty good (not that I had much doubt, salmon and cream cheese is pretty much always a win-win combination for me). The two pieces were also kind of big, it took me two bites to finish each piece.

But, I was left pondering, why would they serve these two extra pieces when they didn't have too? Was it an attempt to create greater value for their customers and get them coming back? Were these pieces left over from another dish and they decided to give them to me instead of wasting them? Did they recognize my absence and give me these pieces to get me to come back every week like I used to? Sadly, I don't have the answer to these questions, but I do know that if my schedule permits me to come back for Shilla's lunch specials, there would be no hesitation on my part to do so.



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Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

2-i

Shilla Restaurant

6406 N IH 35 #2343
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 453-4111

Head Public Restaurant Critic

12/31/2008

Satisfactory

Hey hey hey!!! It's another visit to Shilla (surprise surprise), not a bad way to close out 2008.


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Location

Reviewer

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2-j

Shilla Restaurant

6406 N IH 35 #2343
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 453-4111

Head Public Restaurant Critic

3/7/2009

Satisfactory

So, I made another trip to Shilla Restaurant, a restaurant to which I come to often for their sushi lunch specials, but never at night. On this night visit, a friend of mine wanted to go get sushi, and I told her that I normally go to Shilla Restaurant for sushi, so she was like, "Let's go there!", and so we went there... but didn't get any sushi.

We went around 10pm on a Saturday night, but apparently that's too late for Shilla to serve sushi, so my friend and I were regulated to ordering from Shilla's foreign (to us) menu, and we didn't know what the fuck we were ordering. For an appetizer we ended up getting some sort of pancake with seafood and onions and stuff in it, and then for our entrees I ended up getting a big pile of marinated beef while my friend got a big pile of marinated chicken, all of which came with what I assume are a bunch of small, traditional side items, like kimchi I think. The beef was good, the chicken had a weird flavor to it, and the side items we just curiously picked at. Overall, this was a fun culinary adventure I guess.

The one thing that did suck this evening was the fact that we arrived too late to order sushi. The one thing that sucked even worse was the fact that there was a party seated near us that hadn't yet received their food when we arrived, but a while after we had sat down they were brought a lot of sushi. I guess Shilla Restaurant couldn't have been bothered to prepare sushi for two more patrons.



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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

2-k

Shilla Restaurant

6406 N I H 35 # 2343
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 453-4111

Head Public Restaurant Critic

6/2/2009

Satisfactory

I think this might be my last visit to Shilla Restaurant. For some reason, I used to LOVE Shilla Restaurant, but only because they had decent sushi lunch specials during the weekdays. I haven't been to Shilla for lunch in a while because of a busy, temporary, non-restaurant reviewing job that I currently have, so when things finally died down for a bit at the job I decided to take advantage and take an extended two-hour lunch break to visit Shilla and get some sushi.

Like I said above, I hadn't been to Shilla in a while, but I really didn't expect this visit to be much different than all of my other visits, but it was. First off, when I walked in I noticed a poster of different sushi on a wall near the entrance, which I had never seen before. Second, when I was sat down, I looked over to the sushi counter and saw a sushi chef I had never seen before. Third, I ordered what I usually order, the SS5, which consists of a rainbow roll and some sushi, but this time when I got my order I saw that the rainbow roll now comes with some spicy sauce which I had never seen on a rainbow roll before, and which played fucking havoc with my sinuses. The sushi was good, but the rainbow roll which I normally love was horrible from the addition of the sauce, but that didn't stop me from eating it, although later I did regret it, as the sauce was absolutely horrible and had lingering effects on my body for the rest of the day.

This visit to Shilla was not a good visit, but did make me realize something. I've been a fan of Shilla for awhile and have even given the restaurant great ratings, but I'm through with Shilla. I think the only reason I ever really liked Shilla is because it has cheap sushi and is near my part of town (which makes my praise of the restaurant pretty arbitrary because any other restaurant fulfilling those qualities would probably win equal praise from me), but the one time I actually make an effort to travel across town to eat here I realize that the restaurant is not that great and not worth the extra effort. On this visit, I had a horrible meal thanks to the sauce on the rainbow roll, and not only did I have to pay for this horrible meal, I also lost an hour of paid time at work because I decided to take an extended lunch for the express purpose of visiting Shilla. I'm disappointed -- I'm disappointed in Shilla for that awful sauce and I'm disappointed in myself for holding Shilla in such high regard. This was my last visit to Shilla Restaurant.



Shoal Creek Salon
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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

132

Shoal Creek Salon

909 N. Lamar
Austin, Texas 78703
(512) 474-0805

Head Public Restaurant Critic

4/18/2010

Satisfactory

This was my first visit to Shoal Creek Salon, and I liked it. My party and I sat on the outside patio, overlooking an almost empty creek, with a gray sky threatening to rain. There was a crawfish boil going on, and if I felt like getting dirty, I probably would have gone for that, but didn't.

Instead, we got a half dozen oysters on the half shell, which were good (It takes a special kind of stupid to fuck up raw oysters, although I'm sure it can be done). For my entrée I ordered the "sauteed shrimp in garlic sauce", which the menu describes as "gulf shrimp sautéed in a garlic cream sauce over rice (served with toasted bread)." The food was good, except I felt there was too much sauce, which severely overwhelmed the rice. I also felt that the $12.49 cost was too pricely for a few shrimp, garlic sauce, rice, and bread (which is why the rating is a "Satisfactory" rather than "Good").

Nonetheless, I kind of like this place and I'm sure I'll be back.



Stubb's Bar-B-Q
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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

27

Stubb's Bar-B-Q

801 Red River
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 480-8341

Head Public Restaurant Critic

4/12/2008

Satisfactory

A standard bar-b-q place. Stubb's is known for their bar-b-q sauce, sold in local stores and on their website, as well as being a great music venue (I can attest to that), so, eating at their restaurant for the first time, I was expecting something unique or above average -- for the most part, I got neither. The food was okay. All in all, it's just another bar-b-q place. Although, I must admit, their onion rings frakking kicked ass.

Subway (38th and 1/2)
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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

29

Subway

3909 IH 35 Suite B-1
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 323-9559

Head Public Restaurant Critic

4/19/2008

Satisfactory

I normally don't eat at Subway unless I get a great deal (or at least a good deal). The last time I had been to Subway was when I had a couple of 'buy one, get one' coupons -- I ended up visiting Subway four times within a week of each other.

My problem with Subway is that, first, it's just a sandwich, and if I am going to pay to buy a freshly made sandwich, there are plenty of other sandwich places much better than Subway where I can spend my money. Second, when a restaurant like Subway gives out 'buy one, get one' coupons, you can assume these restaurants are still making money, which, in turn, forces me to re-evaluate their products at a lesser value than I did before. For instance, with Subway's 'buy one, get one' coupons, I now know (or at least assume) that, without the coupon, I would have paid twice the amount for a sandwich (parts and labor included) than its worth to Subway. Therefore, for regularly priced sandwiches, at least half the money is not going to the ingredients or to the labor, but straight into the pockets of the franchise owners. Basically, in terms of food value, I am definitely not getting my money's worth. Essentially, now that I know that Subway can get away (financially) with giving out 'buy one, get one' coupons, I don't want to buy regularly priced sandwiches from them anymore.

Anyway, now Subway has a promotion going on where all foot long subs are $5. I recently went to a nearby Subway and got one of the most expensive sandwiches they have, the roasted chicken breast, and got it with basically everything they could throw on there (minus green bell peppers and tomatoes, but including salt & pepper and parmesan cheese). It was pretty good, but I'll be damned if I'm ever paying full price for it.

Subway (Congress)
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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

94

Subway

809 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701-2425
(512) 480-9102

Head Public Restaurant Critic

3/19/2009

Sucks!

This is by far the worst Subway that I have been to. I've already reviewed Subway twice before, and honestly, a Subway is a Subway, and as I've been pretty busy of late, I haven't really been looking to review more restaurants of the same chain that I've already covered, but man, my visits to this Subway have really ticked me off by its employees' lack of customer service and courtesy.

To start with, there's this one bitch that works there that is always yelling and seeming to have a bad day, and instead of being professional and putting that sort of stuff behind her while she's working, she just spreads it to the customers like a virulent virus. On this visit, she was putting the toppings on my sandwich, and she asked what I wanted on it. Now, on the 'sneeze shield', there is a decal with the words in a big font "the works" and showing individual pictures of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, pickles, peppers (green bell), olives, red onions, jalapenos, and banana peppers, and then in a smaller font, "(excludes banana peppers & jalapenos)". At this point I'm confused, because I wanted banana peppers but no jalapenos, so do I say "the works with banana peppers" or "the works without jalapenos"? Because at this point I'm thinking that most customers see the pictures, don't read the fine print, and assume that jalapenos and banana peppers are included in the works.

So, to avoid the least amount of confusion I go with the lowest common denominator answer and say, "I want the works with no tomatoes, no peppers, and no jalapenos, but with banana peppers," getting in all of the information that I need to convey to accurately describe my order. The bitch responds, rudely, "The works doesn't come with jalapenos. So you want the works, no tomatoes, no peppers, with banana peppers." In my head I wanted to just yell "fuck you." She got my order correct because I gave her all of the information that she needed to get my order correct, yet she felt the need to one-up me because I apparently don't understand what the works includes, when I do, and in my effort to avoid confusion I get confrontation with this bitch going into specifics. To avoid future, imminent conflict, I just thought mean thoughts about her in my head and decided that I'm writing a third Subway review.

So I get my sandwich, a roasted chicken foot long, and think about how much I hate this particular Subway restaurant. The employees here just don't care. In addition to the rude confrontation already described, I get a huge chunk of red onion skin in my sandwich, which was inedible. On a previous visit to this restaurant, I got a roasted chicken breast which was a quarter brunt, dried up, and inedible. On another visit, one of the so-called “sandwich artists” making my sandwich had a cigarette in her ear.

I hate this location. The people that work her are white trash, as evidenced by their attitudes, cigarettes in ear, and total lack of care in their product. The employees here think they come first, which is not a way to run a restaurant, even a Subway. Don't eat here.

Also, another thing that pisses me off, and this is about the franchise as a whole and not just this particular location, is that they are running a promotion advertising that ALL of their sandwiches are $5, but it turns out that not ALL of their sandwiches are $5, as they have fine print excluding certain sandwiches. They call them exceptions, I call it false advertising. Subway has left a bad taste in my mouth.



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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

94-a

Subway

809 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 480-9102

Head Public Restaurant Critic

5/7/2009

Satisfactory

Yep, I'm back at the same Subway restaurant that I just ragged on. Why? Because a five dollar foot long oven roasted chicken breast sandwich is a five dollar foot long oven roasted chicken breast sandwich.


Subway Oak Knoll
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Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

64

Subway

12518 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 323-0212

Head Public Restaurant Critic

8/28/2008

Satisfactory

Like I've said before, I used to kind of hate myself for going to sandwich places to eat because I've always felt that I could make the same sandwich for less at home. I had that train of thought up till Subway started introducing their five dollar sandwiches and all of the other chains followed suit. I recently went to a Subway and got their twelve inch roasted chicken breast sandwich for five dollars (which used to be one of their most expensive sandwiches -- the meatball sandwich used to be the cheapest, but I think they actually bumped that sandwich up to five dollars when they started the whole 'five dollar' promotion, so the people that are getting the meatball sandwich now are technically losing out on value, I think).

The sandwich was good. One thing that I always feel bad about is having the sandwich artist (euphuism for ‘sandwich maker’) put on all of the extra stuff I like, like the lettuce, onion, olives, pickles, salt and pepper, oil, and parmesan cheese -- I just keep listing on a seemingly never ending list of add-ons for them and I always get the feeling that they hate/resent me for that -- I can't say I really blame them, if I were them I would only want to make the simplest sandwiches myself.

So, the sandwich was good, but the one thing that really peaked my interest in Subway again was their new Scrabble game. I'm a sucker for these type of 'collect them all' games (McDonald's, as much as I hate them, usually tends to get my business when they start doing their Monopoly game promotion). My first cognition of the Subway/Scrabble promotion was when I found a game piece on the wrapper of my sandwich. I pealed it off and found an 'h' for their online segment of the game and also fount an ‘instant win’ for a bag of chips, which was cool. When I got home, I created an online Scrabble/Subway account and was a little disappointed in the online segment of the game. I was hoping to start with a clear Scrabble board and be able to make words of my own choosing from the letters I would collect from Subway which would then give me a certain number of points in accordance with standard Scrabble rules, and then have those points translated into prizes -- that would have been cool. Instead, the online segment of the promotion has a pre-populated Scrabble board with letters missing -- you fill in the letters and receive prizes based on the word you complete, which is actually a bit boring in relation to what I thought the game should be.

Oh well. Although I was a bit underwhelmed by the Scrabble promotion, I'll probably go back and try to get more game pieces. They had me at 'Scrabble'.



Swad
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Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

116

Swad

9515 North Lamar Blvd # 156
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 997-7923

Head Public Restaurant Critic

8/12/2009

Satisfactory

Went to Swad, an Indian restaurant, for lunch with a few friends of mine that were craving that kind of food. I don't know much about Indian food, so I ordered the lunch special that my friends ordered. I have no idea what I ate, but it was alright.



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