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Nabi-Hood Hangout

This Montrose spot is serving up beautifully constructed modern Asian cuisine, at small prices.

I worry about how full it is, in fact, because the one area in which Nabi notably stumbles is in its often-understaffed dining room. Good help is hard to find, especially in a neighborhood where new places lure talented servers and cooks away every day. I have faith, though, that Kang and his crew will pull through this rough spot as they earn their sea legs. And I also have faith that Nabi's growing core of heavy hitters and regulars will be patient with the new restaurant.

After all, Houston is ­nothing if not hospitable to newcomers. Even those from Dallas. And especially those who come bearing ramen.

The ramen isn't traditional, but it's remarkable.
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The ramen isn't traditional, but it's remarkable.

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Nabi

1517 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Montrose

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Hours: 11:30 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Saturdays, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays.
Chili edamame: $5
Grilled romaine hearts: $7
Brisket potstickers: $8
Calamari: $9
Veal tongue: $9
Ramen: $11
Warm mushroom salad: $11
Breakfast roll: $12
Shrimp and short rib fried rice: $12


READ MORE
SLIDESHOW: Welcome To The Nabi-Hood
BLOG POST: Montrose Welcomes Nabi to the Neighborhood


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12 comments
ChrisMarker
ChrisMarker

I love the food here, but anyone who's been to or lived in New York City as I did, should recognize the Nabi Ramen and steamed buns as direct copies of David Chang's work at Momofuku Noodle Bar. Everything else seems very inspired by Chang's type of fusion, which is great, and I'm happy to be able to experience this in Houston.  More people should check it out.  It's too bad the place is for sale and may close soon.

A Good Cup
A Good Cup

i have been to nabi several times and am very glad to see a good write up on them. their seasonal dishes have at times blow me away like the oxtail dumplings. while overshadowed by many new restaurants in the area i think in many ways nabi outshines some of the new much more pricey places charging double for the same less complete dish.

ALG
ALG

I was so excited about this place but was so disappointed. Went on Saturday for late lunch. Service was slow because only 1 server was working the place. They were out of a few items and the ice cream machine was broken... mochi sundae was half the reason we were there. Probably won't be back.

Jodie E
Jodie E

Yep ... it's easy to love, isn't it? Great write-up. Y'all go check it out!

Sam Brown
Sam Brown

Brisket potstickers ftw. So good.

mike
mike

Nabi is great. Service may be sparse, but I've never found it lacking and has always been super friendly. It's also incredibly useful and is just as good for sharing some snacks with friends as it is a full meal.

Corey
Corey

Nabi see you soon! Had I known I'd have already been there.. <3 Togarashi.

Don
Don

Well... if it hasn't already blown up... it will be now. Good for Nabi.

CMN
CMN

It hasn't. Last Friday night there were about 6 tables occupied at 7:00p. Support this place people!

My bowl of ginger duck noodles was perfect - I hope thats the norm and your under-salted version the exception. Will find out soon enough!

Marc
Marc

It is rodeo season. I went about a week prior to the rodeo and they were so packed I was stunned.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Rodeo season plays havoc with Houston restaurants. Go to some of the fancier places and you'll see incredibly thinned crowds. On the bright side: It's a great time to eat out without having to battle for parking or reservations!

 
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