Nara Prefecture

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    Review: Dosi Takes a Lighthearted, Unpretentious Approach to its Food

    The smoked Spanish mackerel at Dosi Restaurant Soju Bar looks like pop art on a plate. Bite-size rectangles of luminescent filet as tender as one could wish for are each garnished with a strip of lardo so thin that it's translucent. Rolls made of equally thin strips of celery stand on end, adding ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    Review: Nara Sushi & Korean Kitchen Only has a few Good Surprises

    Several restaurants, namely Ava, Trenza and Katsuya by Starck, all tried to make a go of it at West Ave. Even having big chef names attached, like Robert del Grande and Katsuya Uechi, did not help these restaurants succeed. West Ave may be great for residents, but it's an awful design for business v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    The 5 Best Happy Hours in Upper Kirby

    If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced win ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Korean Al-Bap: A Party in a Hot Stone Bowl

    A few years ago I spent some time in Korea, and I absolutely fell in love with the food. Things I thought I wouldn't enjoy--kimchi with fish for breakfast, noodles made of mung bean jelly, fried squid on a skewer--are dishes I now crave when I'm feeling nostalgic for my time in that beautiful countr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    What's The Deal With Upper Kirby?

    Nearly every evening I run up and down Kirby Drive, taking in the sights (elderly couples ambling into Carrabba's; valets standing around bored in West Ave), the sounds (car horns honking as drivers make abrupt right turns into the Whole Foods parking lot) and the smells (garlic, fry oil, diesel fue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    At Celebrate Australia, Texas Barbecue Reigns Supreme

    The theme of this year's Houston International Festival may be Australia, but at Celebrate Australia, the main food event of the festival, the best eats were decidedly Texan in nature. The barbecue cook-off competition, the first of what the International Festival hopes to make an annual event, br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    I-Fest Barbecue: a Shared Texan and Australian Pastime

    Ask any relatively intelligent American to throw out an Australian phrase, and he'll probably say either "G'day, mate," or "throw another shrimp on the barbie." This limited knowledge of Australian slang might lead one to think that Australians don't barbecue much other than shrimp, but this is, of ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 17, 2014

    Menu of Menus® 2014

    Lots of food and lots of fans.

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Recap: The 2nd Annual Big Taste of Houston

    "This is such a great event -- so many of Houston's best chefs all in one place!" said Matthew Lovelace, a sous chef at Osteria Mazzantini, as he offered me a sample of their Blackhill Meats lamb meatball and chicken liver mousse. His was one of the first booths I encountered at the 2nd Annual Big T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    2014 International Festival Celebrates Australia...But Hold the Vegemite, Please

    I'm excited about this year's International Festival highlighting Australia for two reasons: One, it gives me an excuse to post the music video for Men At Work's brilliant 1980 song "Land Down Under" (see the next page), and two, I honestly don't know much about Australian food. Being that the fest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Menu of MenusĀ® Draws, and Wows, Huge Crowds Of Food Fans

    Silver Street Station had a lot of new things going on for Menu of Menus this year. Air conditioning, for one, had people happy to be inside eating warm comfort food from spots like Frank's Americana Revival and Fish & the Knife. There was a lovely photography show up on the walls as part of Fotofes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Menu of Menus & Vedge Dinner At Brennan's

    The Houston Press Menu of Menus Extravaganza is on Tuesday, April 8, at the fully air conditioned Silver Street Station. From 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. you will have the opportunity to sample food from more than 40 Houston restaurants -- bring your stretchy pants! Sample Italian food from Ciao Bello, Per ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 3, 2014
  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Menu of Menus Extravaganza & A Spring Onion Festival

    In case you didn't know, Menu of Menus Extravaganza is on Tuesday, April 8, at Silver Street Station (fully air conditioned this year!) from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Hopefully you have already purchased your tickets to the biggest culinary event hosted by the Houston Press, but if you haven't, then what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Fabulous Restaurants Added to the Menu of Menus Lineup with Two Weeks to Go

    The 12th annual Menu of Menus food and wine extravaganza is coming up, on April 8, and we're more excited than ever about the wonderful restaurants that have committed to attending and serving samples of their delicious food. You wanted Korean food, and you got it! Nara will be joining us and samp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Upcoming Events: The Bull & The Pearl Pop-Up Dinner & RA Sushi Guest Appreciation Day

    The new Korean restaurant in River Oaks, Nara, now offers lunch and social hour menus. For lunch, chef Donald Chang will prepare a variety of new Korean dishes, such as buchim-gae (kimchi and seafood pancakes), oh-jing-uh bokkum (Korean sauteed squid), three sushi rolls and three Korean flatbread pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 15, Kobe Beef at Nara

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of MenusĀ® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    Nara Debuts Chef's Table With Unique Dishes and Deluxe Ingredients

    "I flew in a special cut of meat from Japan for you tonight," said chef Donald Chang of Nara, grinning mischievously. "It cost more than $1,000 just for this piece of beef." He paused and let that sink in before adding quickly, "I hope it's good!" He needn't have worried. Those of us gathered aro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Your Water's Lemon Wedge Might Be Contaminated

    Urban Swank: The ladies of Urban Swank checked out Nara's Korean Grill Room and have the 411 on the restaurant, especially what their favorite menu items are. During their visit they enjoyed a variety of Korean BBQ items such as the rib eye (bulgogi) and pork belly (kurobata samgyup sal). Each meat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Food and Drink at These Houston Events

    The Chinese year 4712 begins on January 31, 2014, and Houston is ringing it in with style. There's a huge Chinese population here, and we love a good party, so all over town in late January and early February people will be celebrating the new lunar year, which lasts until the moon is full, around F ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 9, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    First Look at Nara by Donald Chang

    Nara. There's something so inherently sensual about the way in the which the name rolls off the tongue. Spoken with a Japanese intonation, the "r" sound takes on the form of a soft "d," so that that it sounds like a secretive whisper of some sort: "Nah-dhah." My first time there, I admit I didn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    In Memoriam: Top 12 Saddest Restaurant Closings of 2013

    A few weeks ago, we brought you a slideshow of the best restaurants that opened in the past year. But in the midst of celebrating all the great new places to chow down in the Bayou City, we are reminded of those we lost in 2013. As you get a start on the new year, why not sit down with a drink and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 52, Fried Bananas Foster at Custom Confections

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of personal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    Top 10 Projected Food Trends for 2014 in Houston

    Looking back at 2013, the foods that really stick out in our minds are the trendy ones: Cronuts. Sriracha. Pretzel buns. Kale. These dominated the discussions on food blogs, in culinary magazines and on morning talk shows. So with 2014 approaching, we thought we'd get ahead of the game by predicti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    2013: The Year in Houston Openings & Closings

    It's that time of year again. As we say goodbye to 2013 and welcome 2014, let's take a moment and reflect on the restaurants that opened and closed this year. Unlike our usual Openings & Closings reports, this one is simply a month-by-month listing of which restaurants joined the Houston dining sce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    Upscale Fair Food To Star at FPHNYE! Celebration

    Anyone who's been to a state fair or a rodeo, or even a small-town festival, has likely paid too much money for a funnel cake, turkey leg or hot dog. And they probably didn't taste very good. At the Houston Gastrodome (the name of the food pavilion at FPHNYE!) in Sam Houston Park downtown, some of ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 26, 2013

    Five Houston Culinary Splurges

    Treat yourself to a decadent holiday feast.

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Nara Debuts Korean Grill Room With an Upscale Take on Traditional Meals

    In Korean, gogigui means, literally, roasting meat, and that's exactly what you do in Nara's new grill room, which opens to the public today, December 19. Traditionally, diners prepare the Korean "barbecue" themselves at tables with built-in gas or charcoal grills in an informal setting. But at Na ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 21, 2013

    Top 10 French Fries

    The rest of the best 2013.

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Ripp's Grille Shutters & Tiger Den Finally Opens For Good

    Ripp's Grille is the only restaurant to announce sad news this week, and the diner's final day of business is today. The Houston Chronicle's Syd Kearney reports the movie-themed restaurant will be closed as of 10 p.m. on Friday, November 15. Before it's gone forever, stuff your face with the Animal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Donald Chang Opens Nara, a 'Modern Korean' Restaurant in West Ave, to Much Fanfare

    Suddenly, it seems everyone is talking about Nara. After remaining somewhat under the radar for the past several weeks, Nara, which opened last night, is now being discussed on blogs and on TV, And at first glance, you might wonder why. For starters, it's a Korean and Japanese restaurant opening in ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 18, 2013

    Finally Visiting Cuchara

    An evening of highs and lows.

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Openings & Closings: 1252 Tapas Bar In Vintage Park Shutters, Camerata at Paulie's Opens & More

    The Fourth of July weekend was filled with exciting openings and a surprising closing. Let's start with the closing of one of the 1252 Tapas Bar locations. The Vintage Park location of 1252 Tapas Bar closed on July 6, but don't worry, the other locations in Uptown and The Woodlands are still open. ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 12, 2002

    The Eel Thing

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

  • News

    May 30, 2002

    Bow-Tied Wonder

    Plus: Boola Boola, Fault and Pepper, On Blue Berryhill

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001
  • Dining

    March 4, 1999

    Bang-up Bento Boxes

    Don Chang pushes the envelopeat Nara Japanese

  • Dining

    January 8, 1998
  • Dining

    March 6, 1997

    Slow Fusion

    Nara mixes East and West to make food worth waiting for

  • News

    January 23, 1997