Kata Robata

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    September 11, 2014

    How Did Restaurants Do During Houston Restaurant Weeks 2014?

    Houston Restaurant Weeks came to a close on Monday, September 1. The total amount of money raised from the approximately 165 participating restaurants has not been announced yet, but we spoke with a few restaurant general managers/owners about their experience during HRW this year to get some feedba ... More >>

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    April 29, 2014

    Third Annual Go Pig! Or Go Home! Suckling Pig Throwdown Coming May 4

    Get your stretchy pants ready, 'cause it's time for the third annual festival of gluttony, otherwise known as Go Pig! Or Go Home! For the past two years, Kata Robata has been inviting local chefs to roast whole pigs in the parking lot in front of the restaurant, and the event has continually brought ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    Saturday is National Margarita Day! Celebrate With Two Nontraditional Versions

    Look, I don't know who comes up with these national food and drink holidays. I don't know why. I don't know how many years any of them have been celebrated. And I swear, there are at least four National Pie days every year. What I'm saying is I'm kind of a scrooge when it comes to food holidays. A ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Bartender Chat: Dale Ellington of Kata Robata

    Welcome to Eating...Our Words' Bartender Chat, in which we sit down with local bartenders and get to know their style. Whether they're slinging beers or mixing complex cocktails, bartenders are our buddies and confidants, but we're turning the tables and the camera on them to find out what they're p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    Treat Yourself: Five Houston Culinary Splurges for a Decadent Holiday Feast

    It's the holiday season. A time for gift giving and celebration. A time for splurging, right? After all, you've worked hard this year. You deserve a reward. And what better way to reward yourself than with a blow-your-mind meal? Behold, our top picks for decadent foodie splurges in Houston. 5. W ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    Baby It's Cold Outside: Here Are Five Things Guaranteed To Warm You Up, Head to Toe

    If you ventured outside yesterday you noticed that the temperatures had fallen. In honor of the chilly weather, we present five foods you should enjoy for lunch or dinner whenever the mercury drops, and we tell you where you can find them if you don't want to cook. 5. Ramen Just sipping on the bro ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    Fantastic Ramen Inside The Loop: The Spicy Soy Ramen at Kata Robata is Utterly Divine

    There's something about the colder weather that makes me crave a hot bowl of noodle soup. There are even days when I actually don a sweater or a jacket, days that are not especially cold, but I want something warm in my belly so I pretend it is near freezing outside and prepare to eat. That's where ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 17, 2013

    Michiru Sushi Does "Crazy" in a Delicious Way

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

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    October 11, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Feast with the Beasts, Dim Sum Lunch in Chinatown & More

    It's definitely not too early to order your tickets for the 8th Annual Feast with the Beasts, which takes place at the Houston Zoo on November 1. Everything but general admission tickets are sold-out, but that doesn't mean the night won't be spectacular. This year, 65 Houston restaurants will be on- ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    Top 5 Pork Belly Dishes To Try in Houston

    Juicy. Fatty. Sumptuous. That's pork belly, in five words or less. No wonder it has maintained its popularity long after other trendy ingredients have fallen by the wayside and no doubt why chefs continue to find excuses to work it into entrees, appetizers, and even desserts. There are many good p ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Burger Month, Tapioca Pudding Dessert Specials & More

    On Sunday, July 14, chef Hugo Ortega of Hugo's will join Kata Robata chef Manabu Horiuchi during the Umami Dinner event at Kata Robata. Both chefs have teamed up to create a nine-course menu paired with wine and beverages from Kata Robata's beverage director, Steven Salazar, and Backstreet Cafe's so ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    April 24, 2013

    Two Surprise Ties and Fantastic Food at the Inaugural Big Taste of Houston

    As far as tasting events go, the Big Taste of Houston, which debuted this past Sunday night to a crowd of about 700, was all that it promised to be and then some. Billed as a premier foodie extravaganza and fundraiser for the Houston chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, the elegant, high class soir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Ribs and Ramen Reign Supreme at the 2nd Annual Go Pig! Or Go Home! Suckling Pig Throwdown

    There are pig parties, and then there is Go Pig! Or Go Home! The second annual charity throwdown event last night at Kata Robata was every pig lover's dream -- and then some -- with Houston's top chefs throwin' down everything from traditional roast suckling pig to cochinita pibil to oysters topped ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013

    The Ramen Experiments at Soma

    I love ramen. Like the ubiquitous pho (Vietnamese beef noodle soup) you find all over Houston, to me, ramen is comfort in a bowl of noodles. Hearty, filling and affordable, if done well it's one of those dishes that you'll come back to time and again. It's one of those dishes I crave. Regularly. Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    The Second Annual Go Pig! Or Go Home! Throwdown is Coming This April

    "Go pig! Or go home!" That is the gauntlet that has been thrown, and the challenge, the question, the machismo duel that will pit 23 of Houston's most prominent chefs in a challenge to create Houston's most supreme incarnation of a suckling pig. The second annual event is scheduled for Sunday, Apr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: 20 Things Everyone Thinks About Houston (But Won't Say)

    From the Gutt: Riffing on last week's post from First We Feast which listed 20 things "everyone thinks about the food world (but nobody will say)" is local blogger Tom Gutting, who normally writes about wine but has now made me wish he'd write about other food-related topics with much more regularit ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 6, 2012

    Uncommonly Keen

    The 10 best restaurants in the Upper Kirby district.

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    October 25, 2012

    The Eating Our Words 100: Server Thai Van of Kata Robata

    Eating Our Words has embarked on a project to profile 100 Houston culinarians of all fields, practices, careers and backgrounds. This isn't a Best of Houston list, it's not a 100 Favorites list and it's not in any particular order. Instead, the Eating Our Words 100 is a way to introduce our readers ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 18, 2012

    The Rest of the Best

    Houston's top 10 sushi restaurants.

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    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 >>

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    August 29, 2012

    A Lesson in Decadence at Kata Robata Sushi Grill

    I usually reserve fine dining for the weekend, when I can take some time and really enjoy myself, but some weekdays also call for a decadent meal. One Wednesday evening after a grueling day at work, I headed to Kata Robata. Since being named number two on Alison Cook's list, the place has been packe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    10 Lobster Dishes to Try in Houston: No. 5, The Lobster Roll at Triniti

    One of the many things that intrigues me about the Victorian era was how the general overabundance of shellfish meant foods like lobster were more fare for the hoi polloi than the aristocratic minority. This year, a bumper crop in the Northeast has once again made lobster cheaper for the masses. And ... More >>

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    August 8, 2012

    10 Lobster Dishes to Try in Houston: No. 8, Lobster Macaroni and Cheese at Kata Robata

    One of the many things that intrigues me about the Victorian era was how the general overabundance of shellfish meant foods like lobster were more fare for the hoi polloi than the aristocratic minority. This year, a bumper crop in the Northeast has once again made lobster cheaper for the masses. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Pastry Chef Chris Leung Debuts New Dessert Menu at Kata Robata

    When we talk about pastry in Houston, it would be impossible to overlook Chris Leung. Though he's only been at it for four-and-a-half years (read our Chef Chats Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 from December if you want to know the details), Leung's whimsical dessert creations get noticed. They win awards ... More >>

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    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 17, 2012

    Go Pig or Go Home: How Things Went Down at the 1st Annual Suckling Pig Throwdown

    Check out our slideshow of the Suckling Pig Throwdown. Leave it to Kata Robata Executive Chef Manabu "Hori" Horiuchi to assemble a cast of chefs worthy of an Iron Chef all-stars competition. Because that's what happened on Sunday night at the 1st Annual Suckling Pig Throwdown, when 13 of Houston's ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012

    Upcoming Throwdowns, Who's Hungry?

    Chefs in Houston love each other, right? Let's test that theory and pit them against each other. Coming up in the next few weeks are two throwdowns fit for true foodies. And trust me when I say, you won't want to miss either of them. Kiss My Grits: A Gulf Coast Throwdown First up on Thursday, Apr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Umami Dinners at Kata Robata Encourage Chef Collaboration

    "I stayed away from making any fish courses," joked chef Randy Evans after last night's Umami dinner at Kata Robata. "I left that to Hori." To his left, Kata Robata's executive chef -- and recent James Beard semi-finalist for his work at the sushi restaurant -- simply laughed good-naturedly. This w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Bartender Chat: David of Kata Robata

    My chiropractor told me I'm constantly pinching nerves in my neck because I sleep on my stomach, and in order to break that habit, I need a "special" pillow. Makes sense, I guess, so off to Bed, Bath & Beyond I went to check out the awkward, way overpriced and super-ugly therapeutic pillows. After ... More >>

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    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 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. Houston ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Mark Gabriel Medina of Kata Robata

    Photo by Mai PhamChef Mark Gabriel Medina in the kitchen at Kata Robata​ Yesterday, Kata Robata's Chef de Cuisine, Mark Gabriel Medina, told us about growing up on fine dining in Southeast Asia, and serving President Bush Senior sushi at Houston Country Clubs. Today, we talk to him about his ... More >>

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    November 16, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Mark Gabriel Medina of Kata Robata

    Photo by Mai PhamChef de Cuisine Mark Gabriel Medina of Kata Robata​When I asked Mark Gabriel "Gabe" Medina, the current Chef de Cuisine at Kata Robata, if he would be willing to do a chef chat with me, the 29-year-old, soft-spoken chef, who's been flying under the radar since he assumed his c ... 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

    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 >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​In the comments of Nick Hall's post on a whiskey class at Anvil, Bobby Heugel mentioned that there are plenty of bars and restaurants around town also deserving of acclaim. Asked by another commenter to elaborate, he did, and it's a pretty good list: I'm done after this because I don't usua ... More >>

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    May 2, 2011

    Houston's Best Patios: The 10 Best Unexpected Treasures

    Photo by GroovehouseGet your tropical drink on at Kata Robata's intimate patio.​Over the last four weeks, we have been guiding you around Houston's best patios in several different categories: The best places to catch up with friends The best places to bring the kids The best places to pr ... More >>

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    April 25, 2011

    Kata Robata Chefs Take Inaugural Kiss My Grits Throwdown Title

    Jason BargasLeft, Kata Robata. Right, Ouisie's.​Grits have been an integral part of my life since I could gum food. Naturally, I was eager to get my gums (and teef) on the grits concoctions at Thursday evening's Kiss My Grits Gulf Coast Throwdown. Young Texans Against Cancer cobbled together H ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    Health Department Roundup

    ​Some of the reasons city inspectors write up restaurants are oddly inexact. When we see stuff like, "Utensils designed to serve food not kept at proper 45-degree angle from serving tray/as shiny as they probably could be/free of roach droppings," we imagine bureaucrats taking secret pleasure ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    This Little Piggy Went to Kata Robata

    Photos by GroovehouseFor more photos from the pig party, check out our slideshow.​Say what you will about Twitter -- that the microblogging/messaging service is ruining our attention spans, that it's killing "real" blogging -- but sometimes paying careful attention to your Twitter stream pays ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011

    Ginger-Butternut Squash Bisque at Azuma

    ​Yesterday's cold snap got me thinking about last Friday and how -- during the unfulfilled threat of Snowpocalypse 2011 -- I ended up eating at Azuma (909 Texas, 713-223-0909) as a measure of last resort, and how much I unexpectedly enjoyed my meal. And it was all because of the ginger-butter ... More >>

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    December 24, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Seth Siegel-Gardner of Kata Robata

    Lardo.​This week I sat down and chatted with Chef Seth Siegel-Gardner, the new chef at Kata Robata. I also sampled some of the new menu additions. I've always loved Kata Robata, but Siegel-Gardner is bringing some seriously elegant food to Houston. We started off the meal with a lovely Japa ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Seth Siegel-Gardner of Kata Robata

    ​EOW recently spoke with Seth Siegel-Gardner of Kata Robata. Yesterday, we learned about pop-up restaurants and what British people like to eat. Today we continue our chat. EOW: You worked in London for a year and now you're back in Houston and working at a fantastic restaurant. And afte ... More >>

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    November 26, 2010

    Openings & Closings: November 2010

    Zelko Bistro and Katz's have some new fried pickle competition in the new Natachee's.​It's been a while since we've done a monthly roundup of openings and closings, but we're getting that train back on track now, and what a month to pick for that re-railment. November was busy, both in terms o ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Bill Greenwood of Eddie V's Prime Seafood

    ​Yesterday we chatted with Bill Greenwood of CityCentre's Eddie V's Prime Seafood about what Buddhist monks really like on their plates. Today he fills us in on where he likes to eat around town and why fishing sustainability is such a tricky subject. Eating Our Words: As a chef that has trav ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010

    Top 10 Restaurants in Upper Kirby

    ​Let's leave aside a second some of the things we hate about the Upper Kirby district -- the bizarre desire to forge a connection with the U.K. based solely on sharing the same initials and installing anachronistic red phone booths on random street corners, the fact that Kirby itself is always ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    Kata Robata Chef Chat, Part 2: Jean-Philippe Gaston

    Fabio​After our interview with Kata Robata's Manabu Horiuchi, he demanded we interview his chef de cuisine, Jean-Philippe Gaston, an integral part of Kata Robata. We sat down with him for a few bonus words. Eating Our Words: What is your role on the Kata Robata menu? Jean-Philippe Gaston: If ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 19, 2009

    Flounder Fish & Chips

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

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    August 13, 2009
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