Japanese Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    Review: Nara Sushi & Korean Kitchen Only has a few Good Surprises

    Several restaurants, namely Ava, Trenza and Katsuya by Starck, all tried to make a go of it at West Ave. Even having big chef names attached, like Robert del Grande and Katsuya Uechi, did not help these restaurants succeed. West Ave may be great for residents, but it's an awful design for business v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Help Chef Luis Gallardo in His Fight Against Cancer

    The name Luis Gallardo is not a prominent one in Houston food circles. Like the many young chefs just who work hard to get better at their craft, Gallardo spent the earlier part of his career learning English while working 60-plus-hour work weeks. Still, he worked his way up from the maki station (m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    Skip the New Sushi Rolls at Pei Wei Asian Diner

    Pei Wei Asian Diner has changed its menu over the years to include a variety of healthy and lightened menu items. Dishes normally battered and fried can be ordered steamed; tofu and vegetables are now available; and two new sushi rolls have been added to the "healthier" food lineup. It seems like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Adison Lee of KUU

    KUU, a fine Japanese restaurant that opened six months ago, is tucked in the back of Memorial City's new "lifestyle center" near Vallone's. I wish it faced the feeder road of I-10, because KUU is putting out cuisine that deserves to be front-and-center. Although Chef Adison Lee resists comparison ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    Room Temperature Ramen and Cooling Appetizers from Nippon

    It feels like 105 degrees outside, yet still craving ramen? Not an uncommon situation for Asian noodle soup lovin' Houstonians in the summer months. In the humid hell that is August, there's something to be said about letting a giant bowl of ramen delivered to you piping hot, cool to room temperatu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Ramen: Where to Get the Trendy Dish in Houston and What's Next

    For every one person in Houston who complains that the ramen fad is over, there are ten more people who get really excited about every new ramen joint opening and every bowl they have yet to try. Like the cupcake, ramen refuses to die. Fortunately, as Houston's ramen universe continues to expand, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    Sushi Sunday Funday at Kubo's Sushi Bar & Grill

    They don't call it Sunday Funday for nothing. Kubo's Sushi Bar & Grill in Rice Village offers up excellent sushi plates, bento boxes and seafood appetizers every day of the week, but the best time to enjoy these Japanese bites is Sunday, when Happy Hour is offered from the minute Kubo's opens at noo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 92, Chirashi Lunch at Sushi Miyagi

    Once again, Kaitlin Steinberg is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes as we work our way toward our annual Menu of MenusĀ® issue and culinary extravaganza. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most delicious, most creative and, of course, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Breaking News: MF Sushi to Re-open Next Week

    On Sept 29 of last year, the unthinkable happened to MF Sushi. The restaurant -- which had been named Houston Press' Best New Restaurant of 2013 -- caught fire and burned down, forcing chef and owner Chris Kinjo and his partner, brother Alex Kinjo, to shutter the restaurant indefinitely. Since the ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 3, 2014

    Tiger Den's Noodles and Broth Are Vying to Be Houston's Best

    This hole-in-the-wall has lines out the door.

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Fish & the Knife Opens Today

    The almost austere, minimalist Fish & the Knife sign on the Westheimer-facing part of the building may be prominent, but it doesn't properly hint at the beauty that awaits inside. And if anything can be said about the Fish & the Knife, which has been under construction since 2010, it is that it is u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Make A Valentine's Date With Beer & Cheese at Saint Arnold Brewery

    Let Central Market's cooking school staff help you choose which wine(s) to have for your Valentine's Day feast. Sign up for Wine Workshop: Wines for Valentine's Day, which will take place on Monday, February 10, from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The Central Market experts will be on hand to discuss the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Houston's Ramen Obsession Isn't Dying Down in 2014

    Whenever my parents come to visit, I give them a verbal tour of notable restaurants and my favorite spots as we drive around town. "There's House of Pies," I'll say, "still under construction from that damn fire. Nara just opened in that big complex. I'll take you there sometime. And there's Fat B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 51, Red Dragon Roll at Michiru Sushi

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of personal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in the Washington Corridor

    We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town (See the complete list at the end of the post). Today, we're moving onto the bar-and-restaurant-packed Washington Corridor. With favorites like BRC Gastropub, Coppa Ristorante, and Max's Wine Dive, there a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Extreme Fusion: School Lunch Meets Japanese at Kubo's

    No matter how refined my palate becomes, eating in the wonderful and diverse restaurants of Houston, I can still count on keeping a few of the unsophisticated tastes of childhood. The one of which I am least proud is Salisbury steak, as this was a well-executed dish by the lunch ladies of my grade s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Feast Your Eyes on Tiger Den Yakitori

    In Japan, you'll find yakitori-ya spots -- places that specialize in yakitori, or skewers of chargrilled meat -- everywhere. The places are usually casual and fun, somewhat rowdy and raucus, a venue for friends to gather for an easy meal while drinking beer. This is exactly what you'll find at Tige ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Greenway/Upper Kirby

    We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town. So far, we've covered Montrose, River Oaks, and Midtown. Today we're diving into Greenway/Upper Kirby's restaurant-packed 'hood. Here's our list of the best cheap (under $10) lunch spots that this area ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 17, 2013

    Michiru Sushi Does "Crazy" in a Delicious Way

    The chefs have a little fun with everything they put out.

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    This Week's Cafe Review: Play With Your Food at Michiru Sushi

    Eating at Michiru Sushi is like playing on a playground made of food. No, it's not necessarily meant to be played with per se, but everyone -- from the chefs to the servers to the diners -- seems to be having fun with it. The chefs serve up inventive creations dressed up as dragons or birds' nests ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Sushi Club of Houston Takes Over Sukiyabashi Jiro

    Houstonians know their food, and they sure do get around. Take the thirteen members of the Sushi Club of Houston who recently ventured to Japan with Carl Rosa, president of the club, for the trip of a lifetime. Rosa led the group through six cities, including Narita, Tokyo, Mishima and Kyoto, for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 2: JD Woodward of Goro & Gun, On Ramen and Ham Hocks

    This is the second part of a two-part Chef Chat series. If you missed Part 1, you can read it here. Yesterday, we learned how JD Woodward, the new executive chef at Goro & Gun, got his start in the culinary industry. Today, we continue our chat with an in-depth look Goro & Gun's menu. EOW: The wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    The Beauty of Uni at Kata Robata: A Photographic Essay

    Uni (sea urchin) is one of those seafood delicacies that, like oysters, you either love or hate. If you love it, eating it will fill you rapturous delight, often accompanied by a heady rush of endorphin-fueled food pleasure. If you hate it, maybe it's because you were recipient of a bad sample. Ther ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 8, 2013

    Change Is Constant at Goro & Gun, Like It or Not

    The folks at Goro & Gun might want to slow down their ever-changing menu and instead focus on their core dish.

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Auditioning a New Friend at Oishii's Happy Hour

    So my husband does this thing where, once he finds a restaurant or two to fill a niche (sushi, Italian, burgers, etc.) he stops wanting to try new places in that niche. This makes me crazy, especially because as soon as I get back from trying a new place (where he refused to go in the first place) h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2013

    This Week's Cafe Review: I Want To Know What (Ramen) Love Is

    For the past several months, it seems everyone in the Houston food scene has been talking about ramen. It's already been big in places like New York and Los Angeles (and even Austin) for a while, but the ramen craze has just recently arrived in Houston, and it's not showing signs of slowing down any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Fried Chicken Deal, Watermelon Eating Contest & More

    This Is How We Roll - Sushi! @ Well Done Cooking Classes Friday, 12 p.m. 1208 East 29th Street Start the weekend off right by learning how to make some of your favorite sushi rolls during this sushi rolling class at Well Done Cooking Classes. Throughout the afternoon you will make California Rolls ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    It's Soft Shell Crab Season: Kata Robata Has The Hook Up

    The only way I have ever enjoyed soft shell crab is plainly fried at a seafood restaurant, never at a sushi bar or Japanese restaurant. So finding out that Kata Robata Chef Manuba Horiuchi had created several dishes featuring soft shell crab instantly intrigued me. In advance of my visit, I couldn ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 13, 2013

    An MF Perfect Nigiri: Trust the Chef at MF Sushi

    Sushi Chef Chris Kinjo offers exotic fish, delicious sashimi and some of the best nigiri sushi in town.

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Sushi Rice and the Omakase at MF Sushi

    For me, eating sushi -- enjoying sushi -- used to be measured by the quality of the fish. As I've come to learn more about sushi, however, I now understand that you can't measure the quality of sushi on the fish alone. In fact, the critical component in all forms of sushi is seasoned rice -- whether ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    The Ultimate Trip to Japan with Carl Rosa

    Sushi Club of Houston President Carl Rosa has taken Houstonians to Japan since 2007. Rosa takes three groups throughout the year to visit the beautiful land of Japan, tour areas you won't find in a typical traveler's guidebook and taste the best cuisine Japan has to offer. In August, a group of 16 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Cuisine (That's Not Sushi or Ramen)

    Although it's all the craze lately, ramen is just one of the soups you'll find in Japanese cuisine. And although you'll find sushi everywhere these days -- from gas stations to grocery stores -- there's more to Japanese food than raw fish and rice. And while Houston may have far fewer Japanese rest ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 2, 2013

    Hot to Trot

    Houston's 10 best spots for a first date.

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    A Newbie's Guide to Eating Ramen, with Sushi Club of Houston Founder Carl Rosa

    If you've been keeping up with the Houston happenings in Japanese cuisine, you will notice that ramen dishes are popping up all over the place. Carl Rosa, founder of the Sushi Club of Houston, started the Ramen in Common group less than one month ago as a response to ramen's new high-profile status ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Chris Kinjo of MF Sushi and What He'll Give You if You Order the Omakase

    This is the 3rd part of a three-part Chef Chat series. If you missed the previous posts, you can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. This week, we chatted with Chris Kinjo of MF Sushi, a chef who has worked in countless restaurants, owned a few of his own, achieved fame and glory, and paid the price ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Chris Kinjo of MF Sushi, on Working in More Than 30 Restaurants, the Problem with Fake Fish and Old-School Japanese Sushi

    This is part 2 of a three part Chef Chat series. You can read Part 1 here if you missed it. Look for Part 3 in this same space Friday. EOW: What was your first job as a sushi chef? CK: My first was at Sushi Muto in Santa Ana, California -- it's not there anymore. The sushi master there was a cer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Chris Kinjo of MF Sushi, On the Meaning of MF, Creating Perfect Nigiri, and His Favorite Fish Family

    Chris Kinjo MF Sushi 5887 Westheimer Road Tel: 832-530-4321 This is Part 1 of a three-part Chef Chat series. Check back with us for Parts 2 and 3, which will run in this same space Thursday and Friday. Just outside the Galleria on Westheimer near Fountainview, in a strip mall ov ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 10, 2013

    Raw Materials at Cove

    The raw fish and raw meat here are so delicately and deliciously rendered, you might think about giving up on the whole fire thing.

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    First Look at Michiru Sushi: Affordable Luxury in Greenway Plaza

    Michiru Sushi is the other high-profile sushi restaurant which opened recently, not to be confused with Chris Kinjo's MF Sushi on Westheimer. I haven't been to MF Sushi yet, and I'm keen to dine there. Although reviews so far have been mixed, one thing has been noted across the board: MF Sushi is qu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Attention Pregnant Women: You CAN Eat Sushi

    As we all know, pregnant women typically abstain from certain foods throughout their pregnancy -- specifically, foods which could harm a growing fetus. Many types of fish, for example, have high levels of mercury -- which can cause a liver infection in a pregnant woman -- while others foods, such as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Acclaimed Chef Chris Kinjo Opening MF Sushi in Houston This Week

    When sushi chef Chris Kenjo opened MF Buckhead in Atlanta in 2007 with his brother, Alex, the restaurant was a swift success. The hometown daily -- the Atlanta Journal-Constitution -- gave it a five-star review (but good luck finding it on the Journal-Constitution's Web site, easily one of the wors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Where Are We Eating? Clue: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

    Although this sushi joint didn't make our recent list of Houston's 10 Best Sushi Restaurants, it's still one of my personal favorites. One of the reasons is the casual patio, and another is the creativity shown in rolls like the rainbow roll. This traditional roll is served in a straightforward mann ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 18, 2012

    The Rest of the Best

    Houston's top 10 sushi restaurants.

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Sushi

    For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2012 Best of HoustonĀ® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants. It wasn' ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 6, 2012

    Uchi Takes Houston

    Both high-end and accessible, Uchi moves into Montrose and changes the game.

  • Dining

    August 9, 2012

    Quite a Show at Sushi Tora

    The sushi is good, and the spectacle great.

  • Dining

    July 26, 2012

    The Bounty of Dadami

    For an evening at this Korean restaurant, come hungry, and with friends.

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    Sashimi, Korean-Style: Hwe at Dadami

    What's pictured in the video above has several things in common with what's offered at Dadami, the subject of this week's cafe review: green perilla (or shiso) leaves, red gojuchang sauce, dark brown soy sauce, a bowl of minced garlic and chiles and -- of course -- super-fresh sashimi, or raw fish. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    It's an Azumapalooza: The Azuma Group Celebrates 10th Birthday

    Azuma Group celebrated its tenth birthday on Thursday with Azumapalooza, a showcase of its five Houston sushi and Japanese fusion restaurants: Azuma Sushi & Robata Bar (two locations; downtown and on Kirby), Azuma on the Lake, Kata Robata Sushi and Grill and Soma Sushi, where the festivities were he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Sushi Wabi: Not Your Average Strip Mall Joint

    I discovered Sushi Wabi existed when having dinner at Kobecue one evening, and I thought, "Hmmm, I should try it some time." Months passed before I actually did, and I curse myself for all those missed opportunities. Even then it was an accident -- the plan had been to have dinner at Oishii, my usua ... More >>

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