By Rachel Feinblatt By Rachel Feinblatt | September 21, 2022 | Food & Drink Feature Features Food & Drink Feature Food & Drink
Houston is undoubtedly on a roll—grab your chopsticks and indulge in bites from sashimi to exotic rolls.
Never say no to Nobu, especially when sushi cravings intensify in Houston. Situated in The Galleria, award-winning Japanese dishes— whether it be the famous spicy tuna crispy rice, yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno or black cod dry miso—come courtesy of founding chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Indulge in the chef’s specials on the go or at home with locally designed specials like the Houston Cold Set, Houston Hot Set or the Houston Sushi Set. 5115 Westheimer Road, Ste. C-3515, noburestaurants.com/houston
Uchi Houston’s Biendo roll.
Diners can expect nothing less than excellence from four-time James Beard Award-nominated chef Manabu Horiuchi, who curates an unmatched Japanese food experience at Kata Robata. “Chef Hori” specializes in defying traditional rolls and plates, allowing his diners to indulge in dishes like the Texas hamachi or the Kata’s fresh catch mixed ceviche. Trust the chef’s highly esteemed culinary taste and surprise your taste buds with his sashimi for two or the chef’s premium omakase—you won’t regret it. 3600 Kirby Drive, Ste. H, katarobata.com
Kata Robata’s sashimi and sushi platter
With plenty of experienced cooks in the kitchen—including executive chef and owner Tyson Cole, chef de cuisine Stephen Conklin, head sushi chef Kevin Le and pastry chef Ariana Quant—Uchi masters every dish with its prowess in elevated Japanese cuisine. With an entire section of its menu dedicated to the farm and garden, this Houston gem makes it easy being green with menu items like vegg ie mushi, cure and yokai. Save room for dessert— housemade jasmine cream, fried milk and coconut tapioca leave diners craving another meal at Uchi. 904 Westheimer Road, Ste. A, uchihouston.com
Roka Akor’s radiant bar
There are plenty of fish in the sea—and on your plate—at Sushi on Post Oak. Sometimes the best things are kept classic, which could mean indulging in rolls like the spider, California snowcrab or a shrimp tempura roll. Other times, the perfect plate is left unknown—the executive chef’s omakase or an eight-course tasting menu is all in the hands of Sushi on Post Oak. This Houston sushi staple is ready to roll with all catches of the day. 2027 Post Oak Blvd., sopohouston.com
Sashimi from Sushi on Post Oak
Robatayaki, seafood and maki, oh my! Good things come in threes, especially when it comes to Roka Akor’s trifecta of specialties—steak, seafood and sushi. From domestic and Japanese wagyu, including the coveted Kobe beef, to delectable seafood and maki from fish flown in directly from Japan, this chic and intimate spot has a menu that is sure to impress any palate. Roka Akor’s vast Japanese whisky selection is something to admire, which includes Yamazaki, Hibiki or Hakushu. 2929 Weslayan St., rokaakor.com
Liberty Kitchen curates an eclectic selection of seafood in a multitude of presentations, where, as they call it, “the land meets the sea.” With a stellar menu of sushi and sashimi, it is difficult to go wrong with the tuna poke Oysterette bowl, vegan Shaggy Dog roll or even the black truffle hamachi. On Fridays and Saturdays, guests can enjoy live music on the restaurant’s scenic and spacious patio, making this spot the ultimate destination for dinner with a show at the Memorial location 4224 San Felipe St.; 963 Bunker Hill Road, libertykitchenoysterette.com
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