Japanese Food and Cooking

  • Dining

    July 12, 2012

    Flaming Young

    Ten food-related words you need to stop misspelling

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Venture Down a New Sushi Road: A Newbie's Guide to Sushi

    When it comes to sushi, some love it, some hate it, and some only eat California rolls. But, there is so much more to sushi than just a role of rice with cream cheese, avocado and crab. If you, like me until recently, have never ordered sashimi or nigiri and have stuck with the hand-rolled sushi, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Chris Nemoto of Zushi Practices the Art of Sushi

    Chris Nemoto Zushi Japanese Cuisine 5900 Memorial Drive 713-861-5588 This is part three of my chef chat with Chef Chris Nemoto. Part 1 and Part 2 ran in this same space over the last couple of days. "I always felt like [my sushi master] was giving me knowledge that, when peop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Chris Nemoto of Zushi

    Chris Nemoto Zushi Japanese Cuisine 5900 Memorial Drive 713-861-5588 This is the second part of a three-part chef chat series. Part 1 ran yesterday, and Part 3 will run tomorrow in this same space. Yesterday, Chef Chris Nemoto told us what it's like to train under a sushi mast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Chris Nemoto of Zushi, on Training with a Sushi Master

    Chris Nemoto Zushi Japanese Cuisine 5900 Memorial Drive 713-861-5588 This is the first part of a three-part chef chat series. Look for Part 2 and Part 3 in this space Thursday and Friday. Last month, I visited Zushi Japanese Cuisine for the first time, enjoying one of the best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    Uni Sushi: A Taste of Japan, and a First Taste of Raw Fish

    Nestled between a movie theater and a boutique in The Woodlands Market Street lies a little piece of Japanese cuisine. Uni Sushi offers a great variety of sushi for all palates. Up until my visit to Uni, my experience never wavered from crab with cream cheese, avocado and cucumber -- sometimes I w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Houston Recipe House: Do Good and Have Fun

    Katsuya Chefs David and Kenji were recently at Houston's Recipe House for a June Chef Surprise. Guests were treated to a sushi and sashimi demonstration and tasting from Chef Kenji and a dinner served family-style from Chef David. Recipe House is part of Recipe for Success, a foundation dedicated t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Dining

    May 10, 2012

    Sushi Stop at The Blue Fish

    Dallas import a fun place for rolls and drinks before a nigt on the town.

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Specialty Rolls and Customer Service Make The Blue Fish a Solid Washington Ave. Destination

    See more photos of The Blue Fish in our slideshow. Despite the popularity of sushi, many of us still cringe at the idea of eating raw fish. I remember the first time I tried it, during my early twenties. No amount of coaxing, reassurance, or gentle prodding could get me to taste it until my colleag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    A Jiro: Dreams of Sushi-Inspired Meal at Kata Robata Disappoints

    Jiro: Dreams of Sushi is a fascinating movie about passion and work ethic. It also happens to feature a sushi chef. It could have just as easily been about a ditch digger or glass blower. The Sushi Club of Houston helped sponsor the film and a dinner afterward at Kata Robata. I was not familiar w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Morimoto Who? Houston has Nobu Kagawa at Uchi

    You've done it, come on, you know you have. Most American sushi eaters have succeeded in bastardizing the whole tradition and delicacy of sushi. We make paste out of soy sauce and wasabi and dip our beautiful piece of o-toro and rice in it till it's dripping and then shove it in our mouths. The wasa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    What's the Deal with Sushi Rice in Houston?

    Eating sushi after watching -- no, experiencing -- Jiro Dreams of Sushi on Friday night was clearly a fool's errand. But watching Jiro Ono make piece after magical piece of nigirizushi with gentle and practiced hands gave me a sushi jones the likes I've which I've never before experienced. I headed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    You Have to Love Your Job: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    Before you go to see Jiro Dreams of Sushi -- which you absolutely should, and at your earliest convenience before it leaves town on April 22 -- know one thing: This is not a movie about sushi. One could be forgiven for thinking that it is. After all, there are roughly 100 shots -- many of them verg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Sushi Club of Houston Partners up with MFAH to Bring Us Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    Imagine getting into the mind of, or getting to spend a day in the life of, a true sushi master. The documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi pays tribute to one of Tokyo's oldest, most revered sushi masters, Jiro Ono. The owner and sushi master at 10-seat Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo, Ono is considered the g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Super Market Sushi: Kroger vs. H-E-B

    When I think about sushi, I think about my time in the Far East, and I think about something that looks like this: Supermarkets have been trying to capitalize of late upon the massive popularity of sushi. You can't go into a grocery store anymore without seeing a sushi-dedicated kiosk or deli count ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Sushi 101: RA Sushi Head Chef Jerry Jan Shares What Quality Sushi Is All About

    "Panda Express ain't no sushi," remarks Jerry Jan, head chef at RA Sushi, with candor. "Do not get sushi from there." Unsurprisingly, Jan says what elevates sushi is the freshness of the fish. Most quality sushi restaurants pick their catch right out of the water, put it on ice and have it delivere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 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 2011 Best of Houston® 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. Houston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Fast Times: Montrose H-E-B a la Carte Sushi Bar

    My grocery store of choice is H-E-B, and my go-to store since moving to Houston has been the Buffalo Speedway location -- a little out of the way, considering my Museum District home base, but makes sense when you factor in my Saturday-morning shopping trifecta: Urban Harvest Farmers' Market, H-E-B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Kata Robata's Autumn Festival, "Aki no Matsuri!"

    Photos by Mai PhamSuckling pig with buns and sauce, one of the many dishes from Kata Robata's izakaya​Twice a year, Kata Robata transforms its patio into an izakaya, a casual after-work drinking place with Japanese bar food. Izakaya-type food is not fancy. They are the Japanese equivalent to S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2011

    Fast Times: Sushi Counter at Disco Kroger

    ​Sure, drive-thru windows are fast, but the fastest fast food in town is pre-made anything from the grocery store. Enter: the sushi counter at the new and improved Disco Kroger on Montrose. I haven't had time to explore the store beyond the produce section (so much better!), cheese shop, and s ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 11, 2011

    The Fish That Got Away

    The Gulf of Mexico produces some of the world's most delicious seafood, but we're not processing it for sushi. What gives?

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Tunnel Explorer: How Do You Roll?

    Mmmmm, Tunnel Sushi.​Tunnel Sushi. Just the sound of it makes me shudder a little bit. Even more so than tunnel filet, this just sounds like a recipe for disaster. When I first learned about How Do You Roll?, I was less than enthusiastic. Of course, I take my job as Tunnel Explorer seriously. ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 28, 2011

    Slurp Heaven

    For a fast-food place, Cafe Kubo's knows how to produce one good bowl of ramen.

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Handmade Ramen! Get Your Handmade Ramen!

    Photos by Troy FieldsTonkotsu ramen at Cafe Kubo's. See more photos in our slideshow.​In the course of writing this week's cafe review of Cafe Kubo's, I asked the question: Does any place in Houston hand-make their ramen noodles? As it turns out, at least two places do. At least for tonight. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Live Lobster Sashimi and New Menu Items Wow at Azuma Kirby

    Photos by Mai PhamYou get lobster claw soup at the end of your meal if you order the Live Lobster Sashimi at Azuma Kirby​It's been at least ten years since I've been to Azuma Kirby for anything, let alone sushi. Located in the upscale strip mall that also houses Crave Cupcakes, Azuma Kirby ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Yoga Fuel, Lazy Yogi Edition: H-E-B Sushi and Spring Rolls

    ​Don't let my piece about fried zucchini blossoms fool you--I'm really a pretty lazy cook. My husband does most of the cooking and food shopping at our house, so when he's out of town on business I tend to do more "assembling" than "cooking" for my meals. It only takes a couple of days before ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Discount Dining - Zushi Sushi

    Zushi Sushi Happy Hour Nigiri​My first visit to Zushi was a few years ago when it first opened. With so many choices for sushi in Houston, Zushi then fell off my radar. Last week CBS Local Offers featured a $30 for $15 voucher to Zushi, and I used it as an opportunity to refresh my memory. Wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Jerry Jan of RA Sushi in City Centre

    ​This week, we catch up with Chef Jerry Jan of RA Sushi in the beautiful CityCentre on all things sushi. EOW: How long have you been with RA Sushi? JJ: Almost six years now. EOW: What are some characteristics of a good sushi chef? JJ: You definitely have to be consistent, while making su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    The Shaggy Dog Roll at Nippon Japanese Restaurant

    Joanna O'LearyShaggy Dog Roll at Nippon​I grimace when the canine species is at all associated with Asian cuisine, but that didn't stop me from ordering the Shaggy Dog Roll at Nippon. The components (shrimp tempura, mayo, crabmeat, etc.) seemed familiar and innocuous, and, besides, as I told ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Eating Good in the Neighborhood at Sakura Japanese Steakhouse

    esthereggy​When a trusted friend from the Inner Loop of Houston recommends a restaurant in Pearland to me, I listen. As such, I found myself heading down FM 518 to sample Sakura Japanese Steakhouse. My friend had advised me to try some of the sushi rolls, which he likened to those being off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Off the Wall: Awesomeness at Oishii

    ​Last week's Off the Wall proved to be disastrous. Looking to get back on track, I turned Geri Maria Harris's Top 5 Sushi Restaurants piece, which drew plenty of opinions on places that should have, but didn't, crack the list. This comment from Scarwars caught my attention, "Agree on Kata and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Top 5 Sushi Restaurants

    Soma.​With sushi being one of my favorite go-to meals, naming favorites is not an easy task. There are so many things to take into consideration. Are you looking mainly at the freshness of the fish? What about the selection of makizushi? And what about the rice? I tried to take all of thes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​This morning, Geri Maria Harris listed her Top 5 sushi restaurants in Houston and -- as with any Top 5 or Top 10 list -- everyone weighed in with their own "left out" restaurants. But one reader, angrybaker, took issue with the name of the post itself, not necessarily the contents: While I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Sneak Peek at Blue Fish (No, the Other Blue Fish)

    ​I have to wonder if, when Dallas-based Blue Fish set its sights on Houston, they realized that there was already two restaurants here with the same name. Not just any restaurants, but fellow sushi restaurants -- and fairly popular ones at that. Confusion is bound to play out for the rest of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    First Look at Convey

    Above-average nigiri at Convey, but it doesn't come out on a conveyor belt...yet.​Conveyor belt sushi is not a new concept to most of America, yet here -- in downtown Houston -- it's somewhat of a novelty. In an odd twist, a couple of Outer Loop restaurants were the first to bring the conveyor ... More >>

  • Music

    February 17, 2011

    Raw Fun

    Zake Sushi Lounge hosts hot weekend parties.

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Escolar and Uni at Aka Sushi

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttSea snail up front, uni in the back.​Every time I mention enjoying a particular sushi restaurant, a commenter or two will chime in to tell me that I'm a blithering idiot for not enjoying Aka Sushi more. (Sometimes that's an exaggeration, but not usually.) This also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Lunch at Go Fish

    ​Last Thursday, I finally made it over to Go Fish (1709 Dryden Rd.), which opened in the spot that had been Azumi Sushi. A coworker and I split a couple of dishes so we could try more things. According to the menu, they had both Vietnamese and Japanese food, which seemed fresh and inventive in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    First Look at Toyama

    Too-cool fish is made up for with superb sushi rice.​You may have noticed that the shuttered Chicken 'N Egg Roll that haunted 2802 S. Shepherd is no more, a sleek and modern building in its place. It's Toyama, the newest Japanese restaurant from the same family that owns Osaka, further down on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    Photo by Craig HlavatySo long, Agora...for now.​Filed under "O" for obvious is the closing this week of Agora (1712 Westheimer) after last weekend's devastating fire on the eve of Halloween. For those of you just tuning in, Agora's next door neighbor -- Antique Warehaus -- caught fire and the ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 7, 2010

    Authentically Inauthentic

    Ramen and breaded pork cutlets, not sushi, are the stars at Umai Japanese.

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Umami at Umai

    Photos by Troy FieldsThe clean and modern interior at Umai. Check out our slideshow for more photos.​Umai Japanese Restaurant (8400 Bellaire) may be located along Bellaire Boulevard, but the restaurant is mostly removed from the hurly-burly tumble and flow of Chinatown, being closer to Sharpst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Sushi Lunch at Raku

    ​It's hard to find great sushi that doesn't break the bank. You don't take chances with raw fish, and to get good fish you generally gotsta spend some coin. But if you work downtown, Raku has become a nice option for a decently priced weekday sushi lunch. Not only will you find fresh fish and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    First Look at Sushipop

    The High Roller trio at Sushipop.​"Do you know how to open that?" asked a young, red-headed Sushipop employee as he approached the table with my order. A sly grin was on his face as I looked askance at the bottle of RamunĂ© I'd quickly chosen from the cooler near the register. ", I don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    The Volcano Roll at Blue Fish House

    Justine Schmider​Paul Knight's recent post on the happy hour at Blue Fish House led me to venture there instead of Miyako recently when I was longing for cheap "American" sushi. By "American" sushi, I am specifically referring to sushi and maki rolls and nigiri, etc., etc., that are inflected ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Craving Sushi for Happy Hour

    Happy Hour at Crave Sushi​ Sushi happy hours are one of the best bangs for your buck: cheap drinks, lots of specially priced appetizers and of course discounted sushi. The best part is any risk you might be taking from consuming raw seafood is minimized by the copious amount of alcohol you're ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 26, 2010

    Sushi Surprise

    This nondescript-looking restaurant is serving the real thing.

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Berryhill vs El Rey: Battle for the Best Shrimp Tempura Taco

    ​Call me a late bloomer, but I didn't discover the Shrimp Tempura Taco until a year or so ago. Now I am in love with them. Though I know grilled shrimp is way healthier, blah blah blah, I wholeheartedly prefer the crunchiness of the tempura battered shrimp with the freshness of the cabbage and ... More >>

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