TenTen Happy Hour Review
When it comes to happy hour, TenTen knows what they’re doing. We recently had the opportunity to try out their new happy hour menu, and it’s safe to say that we weren’t disappointed. From half-priced drinks and maki to $6 small bites, there are so many fresh, fun flavors to choose from.
TenTen has a chill, earthy ambience that allows for a relaxed dining experience. The restaurant’s tranquil atmosphere is balanced by the vibrant, bold flavors of their menu.
So, here’s what we tried:
During happy hour, all drinks from TenTen’s bar are half off. An extensive drink list consists of cocktails, wine, beer, sake, and house spirits, so there’s something for everyone. We tried two of their specialty cocktails: the Lychee Martini and the Geisha. The Lychee Martini is bright, sweet and tastes quite like its namesake. I thought that The Geisha, although listed as containing passionfruit and vanilla, didn’t have those flavors come through as boldly as I had hoped. It is very smooth, nonetheless, and I enjoyed both drinks.
I was thoroughly impressed with the small bites at TenTen. We tried the chicken karaage, the charred edamame, the chili salmon skewers, and the vegetarian poke bowl. The charred edamame would be a great choice to share; they’re tossed in a delicious chili honey and the serving is generous. We thought that the vegetarian poke bowl is missing an umami flavor to balance the pickled items it includes. The chicken karaage was savory, crunchy, and flavorful. The chili salmon skewers were the star of the show. They were so good, we ordered another plate! The salmon is a little sweet, slightly charred, and paired with a mellow citrus sauce. If I were to visit TenTen again, I’d definitely go for the skewers.
As for the maki, I was surprised at how unique the flavors of each roll were, especially considering the price point. We tried the hamachi, spicy tuna, and shrimp tempura rolls. The spicy tuna was my favorite – it’s super spicy and super fresh-tasting, with a small slice of fresh jalapeno atop each piece. I thought that the cilantro and citrus flavors of the hamachi roll complimented the fish well. The shrimp tempura is more typical of other rolls of its kind, but it is executed well and I thought it was yummy. TenTen is really hard to beat when it comes to affordable sushi. At $7.50-10 a roll, I was impressed with the generous servings and attention to detail for each of these.
TenTen is a satisfying, well-rounded experience. I thoroughly enjoyed dining there, and there’s not much more I could ask for. The service is quick and attentive, the atmosphere is great, and the food and drinks were a perfect happy hour treat. I cannot stress enough that the care put into each dish and drink is phenomenal considering how affordable our entire meal was. As far as downtown Austin goes, TenTen is a great choice for a mid-day drink and bite.