Kata Robata

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    Alison Cook's Top 100 Restaurants Revealed - Oxheart Takes First Place for the Third Year in a Row

    Last night, Houston Chronicle food critic Alison Cook revealed her 2014 choices for the Top 100 Houston Restaurants. It was the first time since the list was first released in 2012 that she did it in a public forum, in this case, a sold-out walk around dining event called the Houston Chronicle Culin ... More >>

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    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 28, 2014

    Preview of Delights at Kata Robata's July 29 Eel Extravaganza

    As reported on Friday on EOW, Kata Robata is set to celebrate Doyo-no-ushinohi, Tuesday, July 29, with a one day-only special menu of delicacies featuring freshwater eel. The holiday marks the first day of the period of the Ox and tradition dictates consuming foods whose names begin with a "u," i.e ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Feast on Eel at Kata Robata & Get Ready for Houston Restaurant Weeks

    Kata Robata will celebrate Doyo-no-ushinohi, Day of the Ox during the Doyo period, on Tuesday, July 29. Basically, it's a day of feasting on freshwater eel in Japan. Chef Manabu Horiuchi will prepare a variety of freshwater eel dishes (unagi), as well as ones featuring saltwater eels (anago). The sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    The Ten Summer Openings We're Most Excited About

    Just as the warmer weather, longer days and lack of school bring out the blockbuster films in Hollywood-land, summer is generally a time to welcome a slew of new blockbuster restaurants in Houston. Last summer was fairly slow for restaurant openings, but this year is poised to shake up the H-town di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Cinco de Mayo Celebrations & A Suckling Pig Throwdown

    Cinco de Mayo @ El Big Bad Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. 419 Travis Cinco de Mayo is on a Monday this year (boo!), but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate early on Saturday (yay!). El Big Bad will host a Cinco de Mayo celebration beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing into the wee hours of Sunday morn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Kata Robata Beverage Director Steven Salazar Headed to Anvil, With Sake on His Mind

    He's not yet 30, but Steven Salazar is already very accomplished in a realm few Houstonians pay attention to: Sake. Salazar recently returned from Japan, where he took a course and earned his Advanced Sake Professional Certification, making him one of the first 140 people in the world to hold that ... More >>

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    January 17, 2014

    Upcoming Events: North Coast Brewing Co. Comes to Houston & Kata Robata Celebrates Chinese New Year

    There are some drinks and foods that go perfectly together, and beer and cheese is one of those delightful combinations. D&T Drive Inn will host Houston Dairymaids and North Coast Brewing Co. on Wednesday, January 22, from 7 to 10 p.m. during a beer and cheese tasting open to the public. For $30 you ... More >>

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    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 >>

  • Dining

    December 26, 2013

    Five Houston Culinary Splurges

    Treat yourself to a decadent holiday feast.

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    December 17, 2013

    Fugu is Back at Kata Robata, While Supplies Last; I Tried It and Lived to Tell the Tale

    Every December, puffer fish get even, well, puffier, as they pack on fat to survive the chilly winter. And that's when we snatch them up and eat them. In Japan, blowfish, puffer fish and globefish are all called fugu, and their meat is a delicacy available only during the winter months. The delicac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Where to Dine Out in Houston on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2013 (No Dishes To Do!)

    Eliminate some of the holiday stress this year by letting some of the best Houston chefs serve you and your family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. After you've finished shopping, decorated the house and welcomed all of your family members into your home, you deserve a scrumptious meal prepared b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Street Food, Discovery Green Margarita Festival, Plus Wine Dinners

    Chef Geoff Hundt of Benjy's in Rice Village will head up the second installment of the REMIX Pop-Up Dinner series on Tuesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. The Flat has opened its doors for guests to enjoy a menu (not yet announced) from Chef Hundt, as well as a multitude of drink specials. One can expect t ... More >>

  • 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

    October 7, 2013

    Monica Pope Creates Dateworthy Hot Dog at James Coney Island

    It's Chef Monica Pope's turn in the James Coney Island Houston Chefs and Show Dog series. The Sparrow Bar Cookshop chef has created one heck of a gourmet hot dog that you will definitely want to make a date to try. Throughout the entire month of October, James Coney Island locations will serve her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Burgers, Tacos, Cupcakes and (It Wouldn't Be a Blog Roundup Without It) Beer!

    Hank on Food: Hank has been blogging up a storm lately, but one of his most useful recent entries is a review of Just Burgers up near Spring. He notes that the outside of Just Burgers is pretty nondescript, but inside it's a veritable shrine to the Texans and to burger. The menu features creatively ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    Noodle Me Crazy: First Annual Great Ramen Challenge at Ikea Draws Huge Crowds

    Ramen was the name of the game last night at the First Annual Great Ramen Challenge held at Ikea. Six sous chefs got their chance to shine as they competed for a golden ramen trophy and bragging rights as the creator of the best bowl of ramen made with $3 or less. The free event, organized by Dutch ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    Celebrate the Ramen Phenomenon Tonight at IKEA

    Tonight, IKEA will become much more than a storehouse for chic, inexpensive Swedish home goods. Tonight, IKEA will be the Iron Chef kitchen. Well, not the Iron Chef kitchen, but an Iron Chef-style throwdown will be happening in the upstairs kitchen at IKEA, and the theme is ramen. Foodie PR mav ... 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.

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    July 19, 2013

    Onaga Opens Quietly -- Let's Hope It Stays That Way

    I'll admit it I bought into what you could call the "club sushi" environment of Zake Sushi Lounge. A few birthdays, one going away party and many a nights out started there -- the food was pretty good in the beginning, although it was never really about that, it was about beginning the night listeni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Save on Tickets to Galveston Food & Wine Fest, Kata Robata, and More

    Today's Houston Press Voice Daily Deal is good for more than half-off (53 percent) a ticket to the Fourth Annual Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival on April 20. In addition to sampling delicious wine and food you can enjoy live music and shop artisan vendors at Saengerfest Park in Galveston. Amon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Where the Chefs Eat: Ryan Lachaine, Lyle Bent and Victoria Dearmond

    With the proliferation of open kitchens in Houston, it's hard to ignore the chefs who are actually making the food. Nowhere is that more true than at Underbelly, where food enthusiasts can literally spend the evening watching all the action going on in the kitchen. At one point during the night, you ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 31, 2013

    Eastbound and Downtown

    The top 10 restaurants in EaDo.

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    January 22, 2013

    Top 5 Foie Gras Dishes To Try in Houston

    I enjoy eating foie gras and I'm not going to apologize for it. I don't believe in animal cruelty (and whether force-feeding is actually "cruel", painful, or harmful is a matter of debate), but I do believe in an individual's right to choose what he or she consumes. Furthermore, I would consider my ... 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

    September 26, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 2, Amberjack Sashimi and Foie Gras at Kata Robata

    This year leading up to our annual Best of HoustonĀ® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    10 Lobster Dishes to Try in Houston: No. 6, Lobster Tacos at Jonathan's The Rub

    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

    July 16, 2012

    Top 10 Octopus Dishes in Houston

    Octopus. Regardless of how it's prepared, I generally love eating the squirmy, tentacled creatures. A great, low-fat seafood option, octopus has this wonderfully distinctive texture. It's also light and fun to eat -- the perfect summertime dish. Our city's chefs must feel the same way I do, because ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 14, 2012

    Burger Guys Bad-Ass Brunch Is Back

    5 things to know before you go

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    This Week in Food Blogs: Reformed Shitshows and Santorini on the Run

    Delicious Mischief: If I didn't have a lady-poker-and-fried-chicken night all lined up for this past Sunday, you can bet I would have been at Triniti for its dinner collaboration with the Mercury Baroque string ensemble. Fine dining with courses orchestrated to match a series of classical movements? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    This Week in Deliciousness: Doing the Wrong Thing 'Cause It Feels So Right

    Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where the hellish heat of the Houston summer months means chefs and bartenders alike are trying to sneak cucumbers into things. QUIT IT. We started the week off right with a great big celebration of things we know are wrong to do, but we ... 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 >>

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    March 30, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Forks Over Knives and Farm Dinners

    First things first: Don't forget that this coming Monday, April 2 is our Championship Tasting for the 2012 Burger Bracket. If you disagree with any of the Final 4 contenders, be one of the first 100 people to come out to The Distillery at 4 p.m. and judge the burgers for yourself when sampling opens ... More >>

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    March 20, 2012

    Modernist Cuisine: Volume 4 Ingredients and Preparations - Foodie Science Geek Mecca

    Foodie science geeks, take note - this is your volume of Modernist Cuisine: Volume 4 Ingredients and Preparations. Thickeners, Gels, Emulsions, Foams, Wine and Coffee, oh my. Let's start with the easy stuff - we all know how to thicken a liquid; add a starch and stir vigorously. Making a liquid t ... 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 5, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Welcome Back, Brownstone Cafe and An Historic Pub Crawl

    Photo by Alex GreggChris Frankel will be shaking things up once again at Giacomo's.​Ghost hunters and professional drinkers, you'll want to sign up for tonight's Historic Pub Crawl starting at the Lancaster Hotel. The tour will take you through five area pubs (with half-off happy hour fare at ... More >>

  • 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 >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Keep on Truckin: The Modular

    The "Tin Can."​I woke up Sunday morning with a hankering for the comfort of some food truck sustenance -- it had been a long Saturday night. I drove by the one spot I can always count on for just such an occasion, next door to Agora, the former semi-permanent home of Eatsie Boys. Instead of ... More >>

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    May 30, 2011

    Five "Dressed Up" Macaroni and Cheeses

    Joanna O'LearyMiso Lobster Macaroni & Cheese​A few weeks ago I wrote about my Top Five Stellar (Plain) Mac and Cheeses. Now, as promised, I'm moving on to my favorite "dressed up" versions. You know, those gourmet, fancy-schmancy types that combine hand-cut pasta with double-cream cheeses and ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    The one in the tiara will not be putting up with your crap today, thanks. Probably not tomorrow, either.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've constructed a gigantic, hollow Peep with our leftover Easter Peeps and we're trying to come up with a way to lure Ni ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    February 14, 2011

    Houston on the Horizon: Rising Stars Named by

    Chef Manabu Horiuchi of Kata Robata, one of this year's Rising Stars.​I vacillate back and forth between craving attention for our city's culinary efforts and then finding myself annoyed with the attention we do get. Call it the heartburn that comes with having your cake and eating it, too. T ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    My Personal Top 5 Favorite Restaurant Dishes of 2010

    The chef pictured (Michael Dei Maggi) has moved on from Caffe Bello, but those mussels remain...​Having a young child, a spouse with a crazy work schedule, and no family in town to baby-sit can certainly put a damper on one's culinary pursuits in a city blossoming with delicious dishes. Howeve ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Seth Siegel-Gardner of Kata Robata

    ​Shortly after naming Kata Robata (3600 Kirby Dr, 713-526-8858) Houston's best new restaurant, we learned that they were getting a new chef: Seth Siegel-Gardner, a native Houstonian. EOW had the chance to speak with Siegel-Gardner in early December, just as he was rolling out his new menu. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Great Food Houston: Support Houston-based businesses and avoid Black Friday alt ... More >>

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    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

    June 18, 2010

    Openings and Closings

    It's been an exciting past week for diners and restaurateurs alike, with a rash of new and planned openings to please pretty much any palate. The biggest news, of course, was that our own Robb Walsh is working with Bryan Caswell and Bill Floyd -- the team behind restaurants like Little Big's and Re ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    July 17, 2009

    A Chat with Shon Kyto of Kata Robata

    Photo by Sarah Rufka"What's your signature drink?" It's a fairly inane question, but it's one Shon Kyto thinks about a lot. He's the manager of Kata Robata, but after seven years serving drinks at Azuma, the bar is still his baby. He shows me the cork-bound drinks menu with not a little pride. "Peop ... More >>

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