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Manabu Horiuchi

  • 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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    July 18, 2014

    Ceviche Throwdown: Cuchara and Latin Bites Duke It Out

    Mexican ceviche and Peruvian cebiche are two very different beasts, as Cuchara owner Ana Beaven and Latin Bites owner Rita Castre frequently find themselves explaining to customers. "A lot of customers ask why doesn't our ceviche have tortillas, and we have to explain that we don't have tortillas ... 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 >>

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Show Houston Off: We Share Our Favorite Places to Bring Out-of-Towners for Food & Drinks

    Early spring may just be one of the nicest times to visit our city. It's usually when the influx of family and friends trying to escape their drawn-out winters get a quick hello in before the sun scorches the Houston earth for the unforeseeable future. And for me, one of the most important things a ... 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 >>

  • Dining

    May 30, 2013

    Max's Wine Dive Moving to Montrose

    What does that mean for Houston?

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    James Coney Island Unveils Line of Chef-Designed Hot Dogs on June 1

    James Coney Island is one of the oldest restaurants in Houston, founded in 1923 by Greek immigrant brothers James and Tom Papadakis (this explains the Greek-influenced chili that remains on the menu to this day). But although the chain is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, the food is anyth ... 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

    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

    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 >>

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    January 23, 2013

    How Houston's Singles Date According To How About We Where To Get The Best Grub

    The dating website How About We just released the results of an in-depth study about the dating habits of singles across America. And rightfully so, our dear Houston was one of the cities involved in the study (we are so hot right now you guys. I can't even). We took a look at their list of H-town ... 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.

  • Dining

    December 6, 2012

    Uncommonly Keen

    The 10 best restaurants in the Upper Kirby district.

  • Dining

    October 25, 2012

    The Humble Deli Sandwich

    Houston's top 10 versions.

  • Dining

    October 18, 2012

    The Rest of the Best

    Houston's top 10 sushi restaurants.

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in Rice Village

    We're tackling the city's neighborhoods one by one now that the Best of Houston issue is out. First was Montrose, then the Heights and now Rice Village, an area that's absolutely saturated with great restaurants. One of the best things about the saturation in Rice Village is how easy it is to park ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

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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

    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 21, 2012

    Houston Racks Up Six Semi-Finalist Nods for 2012 James Beard Awards

    Photo by FabioManabu Horiuchi, one of this year's semi-finalists.​We're moving up in the culinary world, Houston. Last year, five semi-finalists from Houston were in the running for the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards. This year, we're up to six. And what a six they are. Mirroring our own ... 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 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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?

  • 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 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 21, 2011

    Prometheus Unbound: Young Chefs Set Their Sights on Houston as the New Culinary Frontier

    Photo by Adrienne ByardSeth Siegel-Gardner, left, and Terrence Gallivan in the kitchen at Revival Market.​The living room at Seth and Hannah Siegel-Gardner's tidy blue house in the Heights is packed: two chefs and their wives, a journalist, three dogs, a massive cookbook collection and a flat- ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Texas Stars Shine Bright at Last Night's Rising Star Gala

    Photos by GroovehouseChef Maurizio Ferrarese of Quattro plates his lamb ravioli.​"We didn't know what we were going to find in Houston," said Antoinette Bruno last night at the Four Seasons Hotel. Bruno, the CEO and editor-in-chief of Star Chefs admitted to being "really ignorant of the Housto ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    Houston on the Horizon: Rising Stars Named by StarChefs.com

    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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    November 15, 2010

    Five Questions for Geri Druckman and This Year's Wine Conference

    Photos by Jeff BalkeSamples were drained during last year's Wine Conference sessions.​Last September marked the inaugural year for The Wine Conference, an annual event pairing more than just food and wine. The Wine Conference seeks to pair people with knowledge, whether those people are wine e ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    Photo by Troy Fields​Have you ever wanted to play chef for a day in the vast kitchen at Brennan's? Your chance to man the stoves (seen above) is coming up, as Alex Brennan Martin has now revived the Creole restaurant's beloved "Chef For A Day" program. Available only to one person per day (and ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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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