at AFS Cinema
"...Sa-Tén can be a little difficult to find. We passed it twice before we noticed a small, collapsible sign..."
"...Sa-Tén, a tiny little squirrel wallpapered nook of a Japanese cafe hidden away in the Canopy arts complex, is the Christmas-free oasis of your secular dreams. It's always ridiculously quiet in there, full of monastically hip creative types tapping away industriously at their laptops, murmuring quietly to one another about who can get who on what list, the kind of quietly cynical social climbing that is totally, blissfully at odds with the faux familial cheer of the corporate holiday spirit, the kind of cafe where you can spend hours futzing around on your computer or flipping through the same few pages of an impressive looking book, doing nothing in particular..."
"...And their four-premiere Left concert begins soon after you arrive, and where you arrive is the Big Medium Gallery in Canopy, which no one needs their arm twisted to visit in the first place, so we’re glad there's three different nights to choose from – because we want to check this new stuff out. And of course, pro-tip here, we’ll be snagging a treat from that bastion of yum called Sa-Tén right before the show...."
"...Asazu says the calligraphy pen encouraged her to write and send out cards to friends and family, which ultimately instilled in her a great respect for communication – a philosophy that the chef and restaurateur continues to practice at Komé, Daruma, and Sa-Tén. Reflecting on how the gift continues to play a role in her life today, Asazu believes the set of calligraphy pens played a major role in her decision to move to America..."
"...If you need a light snack while browsing the umpteen galleries at Canopy Austin, Sa-Tén's toasts are hard to beat. We like the anchovy garlic and the sriracha mayo smoked salmon..."