Japanese Food and Cooking

  • Dining

    June 17, 2010
  • Dining

    May 20, 2010
  • Dining

    April 22, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    $13 at Azumi Sushi

    Where: Azumi Sushi Japanese Restaurant, 1709 Dryden Road, Houston, 77030, (713) 790-9997 What $13 gets you: A chicken teriyaki bento, a spicy salmon roll, a small side of seaweed salad and edamame, and a couple of pieces of salmon sushi. Normally, we don't spend quite so much money for lunch durin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Mochi Ice Cream Balls

    ​I tried some chocolate mochi ice cream at Mikawaya ice cream shop in L.A.'s Japantown. The frozen dessert balls are wrapped in glutinous sweet rice -- they taste like ice cream wrapped in chewing gum until the wrapper starts to melt in your mouth. It's a curious taste sensation, but the real ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Food Fight: Battle Discount Sushi

    Houston still lacks the crucial "conveyor belt sushi" concept​It's no secret that we love sushi. However, we also love something else -- and we love it even more than we love sushi. We love money. To paraphrase Adam Sandler, we're a big fan of money. We like it, we use it, we have a little. We ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 31, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Lunch Special: Sushi Raku

    ​The newly opened Sushi Raku (3201 Louisiana Street) is a swanky, modern-looking place. It is huge - you could have a large corporate function here - and well built, with interesting depth in the windows and private booths galore. We can see why the build-out of this location took some time. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Gas Station Sushi

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​Only a few short days after Eating Our Words' body revolted violently against some inadvisedly consumed cheese enchiladas that had been on a steam table for far too long, as it turns out, we decided to show our stomach who's boss. Take back the night! And what bett ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 19, 2009

    Flounder Fish & Chips

    A new Kata Robata on Kirby offers stellar fish and lots of attitude.

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    On a Roll at Kubo's Sushi Competition

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttThe bibimbap roll at Kubo's​Rice, salmon, tuna, seaweed, wasabi, avocado, octopus, daikon radish, cucumber -- it seemed the food would never stop coming. Last night at Kubo's, we were faced with enough sushi to feed two sumo wrestlers. One brightly colored roll aft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Southern Hospitality at Ginza Japanese Restaurant

    ​It's far from the Heights, miles from midtown and could never double as a nightclub. Unassuming as ever, my favorite sushi in town -- Ginza Japanese Restaurant -- makes me proud to dine in a shopping center next to Jack's Carpet. The meal begins with hot towels and ends with sliced oranges ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    A Cafe Bites Nibble

    In the space that housed Café Le Jadeite on West Gray emerges a new restaurant, Café Ginger (1952 West Gray, 713-528-4288). Jack Tsai is the manager. "I used to work for Toro Japanese restaurant before coming here," says Tsai. "Toni Sha is the owner. He was one of the partners in Le Jadeite as wel ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 13, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    A Cafe Bites Nibble

    Qidong Lin, who's from a small town in China, was first exposed to a moveable sushi bar during a visit to California. "I liked the concept very much," said Qidong. "It is relatively cheap and easy for customers to see what they're getting and how much they will pay." So he opened Sushi Choo Choo (12 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    $13 at Edomae Sushi

    Photo by Robb WalshWhere: Edomae Sushi, 12225 Westheimer, 281-558-5599 What $13 gets you: Sushi Special C from the lunch special menu is $10.95 and includes a California roll rolled in bright orange flying fish roe and a Spicy Tuna roll with your choice of miso soup or salad. If you can't afford th ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 4, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    A Café Bites Nibble

    Photo courtesy of Kubo'sYoichi "Yogi" Ueno opened the first Kubo's Sushi in the Village in 2001. "We wanted to expand into a fast-food restaurant serving healthy Japanese fast food with our new Cafe Kubo's [9889 Bellaire, 713-995-4200]," he says. "Most of the Japanese restaurants in Houston are go ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 19, 2009
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    February 5, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    Ra Sushi Scrambles Menu, Adds to Happy Hours

    We started with the kind of sake most people use to drink shooters and beer. It was warm, clear in color, dryly medicinal in flavor and called Hananomai Katana. Okay, adventures in drinking phase one. Actually, it wasn't that bad at all and as it made its way down, it created a warm and friendly buz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Fish Story: Zen Tuna Roll

    The two kinds of tuna in the Toro Crunch at Soma give the elegant sushi roll a huge tuna flavor. The presentation is a Zen composition of symmetrical shapes and restrained colors. Chopped fatty toro tuna and chives are the soft center while a strip of bluefin tuna strides the crest of the rice cylin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2008
  • Blogs

    March 18, 2008

    $13 at Zake Sushi Lounge

    Where: Zake Sushi Lounge, 2946 S. Shepherd, 713-526-6888 What $13 gets you: A surprisingly generous portion of fresh, delicious Japanese cuisine in a swank, luxurious setting. Good sushi for $13? Impossible, right? I thought so, too, until I recently wandered into Zake Sushi Lounge, which is set i ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 7, 2008

    Fish Frenzy at Tokyo One

    Pile your plate with scads of sashimi at this new all-you-can-eat Japanese buffet

  • Calendar

    November 29, 2007

    Sushi Class

    James McMillan is a sushi sensei

  • Dining

    September 27, 2007

    Sushi Jin

    The freshest fish in Houston is delivered to this sushi joint in Memorial, courtesy of Air Japan

  • Dining

    August 30, 2007

    Genji Japanese Restaurant and Karaoke Bar

    It's always a party at Genji Japanese Restaurant and Karaoke Bar

  • Dining

    March 15, 2007

    Sage 400 Japanese Cuisine

    Hey, you at the sushi bar, lighten up — it's not like some religious ceremony or anything

  • Dining

    April 27, 2006

    The Sweet Smell of Wang Galbi

    This stunning new Korean barbecue restaurant looks like a picnic grove inside a shopping center

  • Dining

    April 13, 2006

    Raw Deal

    When Andrew Jackson puts in an appearance, the hostesses at Ra Sushi pay attention

  • Dining

    February 2, 2006

    The Hamachi on Pluto

    A new sushi restaurant on NASA Parkway boldly takes raw fish beyond old expectations

  • Dining

    December 15, 2005

    Sushi as an Accessory

    At Uptown Sushi, the fish looks great whether you eat it or not

  • Dining

    August 11, 2005

    Three-course Lunch

    Daiji's Izakaya Japanese Tapas Bar

  • Dining

    July 7, 2005

    Split Personality

    Japaneiro's Sushi Bistro and Latin Grill

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Dining

    April 22, 2004

    Fantastic Fusion

    Mantra's Mike Potowski seems to delight in turning culture clashes into culinary fashion statements

  • Dining

    March 4, 2004

    Land of Azúcar

    Japaneiro’s Sushi Bistro & Latin Grill in Sugar Land certainly is living up to its name

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Sushi Bar

    Sasaki Japanese Restaurant

  • Dining

    July 17, 2003

    All-You-Can-Eat Bait

    At this sushi buffet, the lobster is gone Todai. Will it be here tomorrow?

  • Dining

    June 12, 2003

    1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish...

    "Deep-fried madness" delights the red-hot sushi crowd at Blue Fish House

  • Dining

    March 27, 2003
  • Dining

    November 28, 2002

    Tired of Turkey?

    Chef Wakasugi's sushi is designed to please the Texan palate

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Sushi Bar

    Kubo's Japanese Restaurant

  • Dining

    September 12, 2002

    The Eel Thing

    Looking for a veteran sushi chef who'll actually talk to you? Chef Toda's your man.

  • Dining

    May 16, 2002

    Midtown's New Attitude

    Blowfish has a brilliant chef with bad manners

  • Dining

    January 10, 2002

    Raw Talent

    Chef Kubo is the best sushi man in town -- ask anyone

  • Dining

    July 26, 2001

    Roll with It

    Houston chefs are creating some uniquely Texan sushi rolls

  • Dining

    June 21, 2001

    Beyond Benihana

    That's eatertainment: Tokyohana knows how to play with its food.

  • Music

    May 10, 2001

    Tex-Jap Jazz

    Bayou City keyboardist Morgan Bouldin finds a groove in a restaurant of the rising sun

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