story

The 9 Hottest Sushi Restaurants in Houston

A combination of old-school standbys and shiny new favorites
September 22, 2014
·
by Marcy de Luna

A combination of old-school standbys and shiny new favorites, here are nine sushi spots to try right now. 

1. Uchi
Tasty sushi and classic Japanese dishes make the casually chic Montrose spot a local favorite.
Signature Dish: Hama Chili (baby yellow­tail, ponzu, Thai chile and orange wedge).
Insider Tip: Skip the crowds and go Sunday through Wednesday after 8 PM or right at 5 PM.

2. Kata Robata
Modern and seasonal Japanese fare with French-fusion is the focus at the Upper Kirby hot spot.
Signature Dish: Kobe beef skewers and Hawaiian Amberjack sashimi with foie, tonic 05, lime juice, olive oil, roasted hazelnuts and chives.
Insider Tip: It's better to call ahead and make a reservation than to face a long wait.

3. Soma Sushi
The Washington Avenue restaurant offers a modern take on classic Japanese dishes. The social scene at the bar stays hopping thanks to a stellar happy hour.
Signature Dish: Spicy miso ramen.
Insider Tip: Happy hour is all day on Sundays.

4. Kuu Restaurant
The contemporary space at Gateway Memorial City features a giant graphic of a bluefin tuna with pulsating lights, a cocktail bar curved like the hull of a ship and standout Japanese fare artfully presented for an experience as pleasing to the eye as the stomach.
Signature Dish: Kanpaccio (with orange, yuzu, garlic, soy and Thai chile).
Insider Tip: Daily lunch specials are a steal, with $10.95 rice bowls, $15 bentos and $12 sushi rolls.

5. MF Sushi
Expect modern Japanese dishes and surroundings at the Briargrove neighborhood gem.
Signature Dish: The multicourse omakase dinner menu.
Insider Tip: Fresh fish arrives from Tokyo on Tuesdays and Fridays.

6. Azuma
A bustling atmosphere plus tasty offerings from the sushi bar and robata grill make for a solid dining pick.
Signature Dish: Azuma roll (tuna, salmon, white fish, chile oil, shichimi, avocado and soybean paper).
Insider Tip: At lunchtime, the ramen is less expensive, and you still get dinner-size portions.

7. Uptown Sushi
 A trendy, upscale crowd regularly turns out for creative Japanese-fusion dishes at the posh spot located at Uptown Park.
Signature Dish: 7 1/2 roll (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, masago, avocado and fried tempura topped with pepper paste, eel sauce and Japanese mayo).
Insider Tip: Skip the valet. There's plenty of parking in the lot at the Uptown Park complex.

8. Fish & The Knife
Japanese, Chinese and New Orleans French-Creole cuisines influence the menu at the Briargrove-area restaurant. You'll find everything from sushi to a chicken and andouille pot pie.
Signature Dish: Flaming volcano roll (seared tuna, crabstick, tomato, shrimp, eel, spicy tuna and snow crab).
Insider Tip: The front lounge transforms into a nightclub on weekends.

9. Nara
The modern Korean-Japanese fusion concept at Upper Kirby's West Ave complex features a grill room, sushi counter, chef’s table and grand cherry tree in the entryway (pictured above).
Signature Dish: Oh Torro (belly fatty tuna flown in from Spain).
Insider Tip: When eating sushi, chef Donald Chang recommends dipping the fish side only in the soy sauce (not the rice).

Think you know the hottest restaurants in Houston? VOTE NOW in our 2014 restaurant survey. The three funniest comments win a Samsung Chromebook.

sushi
uchi
nara
kata robata
kubo's
soma sushi
uptown sushi
kuu restaurant
azuma
mf sushi
fish & the knife