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 >>
This is part 2 of a three part Chef Chat series. You can read Part 1 here if you missed it. Look for Part 3 in this same space Friday. EOW: What was your first job as a sushi chef? CK: My first was at Sushi Muto in Santa Ana, California -- it's not there anymore. The sushi master there was a cer ... More >>
Chris Kinjo MF Sushi 5887 Westheimer Road Tel: 832-530-4321 mfsushihouston.com This is Part 1 of a three-part Chef Chat series. Check back with us for Parts 2 and 3, which will run in this same space Thursday and Friday. Just outside the Galleria on Westheimer near Fountainview, in a strip mall ov ... More >>
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The raw fish and raw meat here are so delicately and deliciously rendered, you might think about giving up on the whole fire thing.
Michiru Sushi is the other high-profile sushi restaurant which opened recently, not to be confused with Chris Kinjo's MF Sushi on Westheimer. I haven't been to MF Sushi yet, and I'm keen to dine there. Although reviews so far have been mixed, one thing has been noted across the board: MF Sushi is qu ... More >>
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 >>
When sushi chef Chris Kenjo opened MF Buckhead in Atlanta in 2007 with his brother, Alex, the restaurant was a swift success. The hometown daily -- the Atlanta Journal-Constitution -- gave it a five-star review (but good luck finding it on the Journal-Constitution's Web site, easily one of the wors ... More >>
Although this sushi joint didn't make our recent list of Houston's 10 Best Sushi Restaurants, it's still one of my personal favorites. One of the reasons is the casual patio, and another is the creativity shown in rolls like the rainbow roll. This traditional roll is served in a straightforward mann ... More >>
Houston's top 10 sushi restaurants.
For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2012 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. It wasn' ... More >>
Both high-end and accessible, Uchi moves into Montrose and changes the game.
The sushi is good, and the spectacle great.
Azuma Group celebrated its tenth birthday on Thursday with Azumapalooza, a showcase of its five Houston sushi and Japanese fusion restaurants: Azuma Sushi & Robata Bar (two locations; downtown and on Kirby), Azuma on the Lake, Kata Robata Sushi and Grill and Soma Sushi, where the festivities were he ... More >>
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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 >>
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 >>
Chris Nemoto Zushi Japanese Cuisine 5900 Memorial Drive 713-861-5588 www.zushihouston.com 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 >>
Chris Nemoto Zushi Japanese Cuisine 5900 Memorial Drive 713-861-5588 www.zushihouston.com 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Dallas import a fun place for rolls and drinks before a nigt on the town.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The Gulf of Mexico produces some of the world's most delicious seafood, but we're not processing it for sushi. What gives?
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 >>
For a fast-food place, Cafe Kubo's knows how to produce one good bowl of ramen.
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 >>
Zushi Sushi Happy Hour NigiriMy 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 >>
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 >>
esthereggyWhen 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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