|The top ten sushi restaurants (below) are listed
alphabetically. This list
encompasses our recommendations for the year (2013). If you
have questions regarding our top ten list,
Sushi Club of Houston for more information.
Long before most Houstians even cared about sushi, this spot was
serving it. Many Japanese businessmen (during Houston's oil
boom) spent unlimited hours at Ginza -
drinking sake and eating sushi. Though times have changed,
Ginza hasn't. If you've ever had the opportunity to sit in a
quaint, busy sushi restaurant beneath a Tokyo-based railway
system, you'll feel right at home. It's small and completely
lacking an interest in following today's trends. Ginza is the
type of establishment that you sit down with a hot sake, order
from the sushi menu and converse with your friends for hours.
Best of all, regarding sushi, the portions are acceptable for
the value. That is hard to beat.
Popping Roll: A 5 piece
sushi roll that provides a fantastic series of flavors and even
lists on the menu under $9.00.
Sushi Combination Lunches:
Ginza offers a variety of sushi-based
combo lunches - Sushi/Tempura, Sushi/Beef Teriyaki and more.
Special Combo Dinners:
Ginza offers eight combo dinners, all
including options for your consideration: sushi, sashimi or
Try to get there
before the dinner rush. Not only will the restaurant
quickly fill to capacity, but parking will become a challenge.
2. Consider using one of their three private rooms.
3. If you enjoy scallop sushi, always consider it. When
available, Ginza trys to provide the largest scallops.
4. If Ginza becomes a personal hot spot for you, spend some
time to get to know the management. This is a small spot where
'everybody knows your name.'
5. On Saturday, Ginza is only open for dinner (doors open
at 5:30 pm).
|When most people think of a 'sushi
they imagine an elaborately decorated establishment with kimonos
and flowery Japanese music in the background. The best
part about Hiro Sushi is that it breaks that stereotype in half.
Located off of highway 6, Hiro Sushi has been open for some time
but rarely receives the acclaim that it deserves. Why?
Probably due to its location. Nestled in the northwest
corner beneath I-290, it sits in a common shopping mall (across
from a 'Dress Barn'), Hiro Sushi offers a simplistic approach to
sushi...which, at times, can be the best method. Chef Hiro
operated a sushi establishment in the Woodlands before moving to
its existing location. Additionally, we enjoyed Hiro's
emphasis on 'No Soy Paper and No Brown Rice.' Though we
don't care either way, we found it novel that they stood for a
prinicple and proud of it. The menu is simple, the sushi
was rated above average during three anonymous visits and the
value more than acceptable....what a concept. An asset to
Sashimi Bento Lunch: A
sizable lunch for only $13.00.
The Orange Dragon Roll: Apparently
a very popular roll for its flavor, simplicity and reasonable
price - Spicy Salmon/Avocado (on the inside) Tuna (on the
outside), only $9.00.
Hiro Sushi provides two dine-in specials
for sushi lovers who enjoy a great sushi meal on a Saturday or
Sushi and Sashimi Special:
Nicknamed 'Take' on the menu, you'll
receive tuna, salmon and tai (red snapper) sashimi along with 5
pieces of nigiri sushi (Chef Hiro's choice).
Hiro's doesn't begin until 11:30 am.
If you arrive early, planning to avoid the lunch rush at 11:00
am, you'll find the doors locked.
2. You won't see Hiro Sushi from the highway. If you
spot a 'Beauty Brands' salon supply shop, Hiro's resides on the
opposite side of the same structure.
3. Hiro Sushi is closed on Mondays.
|Kata Robata, located at the corner of
Richmond and Kirby Dr.,
officially opened for business in May
2009. Under the creative control of their executive chef,
Manabu Horiuchi, Kata quickly became one of the most highly
regarded sushi spots in Houston. Kata possesses a devoted team
of hard working employees that seem to genuinely care about the
satisfaction of their establishment. The sushi rice is
carefully prepared. The fish and vegetable selections are
fresh. Additionally, Kata's entire menu provides a diverse
selection of sushi and non-sushi related suggestions.
Rising Sun Sushi Roll: A
sushi roll comprised of yellowtail, avocado, and peppercorn tuna
combined with a truffle vinaigrette.
classic Japanese sushi menu item. At Kata, we recommend
this item due to the 'combining quality' of fish with sushi
Sashimi Combo: A fresh
combination of tuna, salmon and hamachi.
Kata's Sushi Platter:
A sizable offering of 10 pcs of nigiri
sushi and a standard roll.
When your schedule allows, always visit Kata before 6:00 pm or
after 8:30 pm to ensure prompt seating.
If the weather is ideal, ask to be
seated on the patio.
2. Consider sitting at the sushi bar when the opportunity
3. Always ask for recommendations and sake/sushi-related
pairings from the wait staff.
4. The parking lot is sizable and free to all patrons.
If the parking lot is full, there may be a handful of open spots
behind the restaurant itself.
|Kubo's Sushi Bar & Grill is located
on the second floor of the Rice Village Shopping Center and has
been a hallmark of the Houston-area sushi world for more than 11
years. Most sushi lovers aren't aware that Kubo's has not
only led the field in sushi long before it became trendy, but
was the training ground for sushi restaurant owners, managers
and even chefs. Their menu strives to be traditional while
offering a suitable portion of contemporary items for those who
are just beginning to learn the ropes of sushi. Kubo's
isn't interested in offering 'trendy' cuisine. They have
an interest in Japanese cuisine. Long after sushi
is no longer trendy, Kubo's will still be offering the same
Lobster Roll: A sizable
sushi roll, loaded with fresh seafood. A great roll for
two to share for dinner.
One of the most traditional Japanese lunches in Houston.
Sake: Freshly seared
salmon nigiri. Oustanding.
Kubo's Sushi Platter:
10 pcs of premium nigiri sushi and a one standard sushi
Chef's Omakase Sashimi:
A sashimi combination, intended for two
Take advantage of
Kubo's happy hour. It's hard to beat (try the
2. For an intimate setting, request for private room in
the back of the restaurant, seats up to 4 people. Request
it before visiting.
3. Sit at the sushi bar and review the sushi specials
board. Surprises may await you.
4. The parking lot, connected to the shopping center, is
complimentary to all Kubo's customers, up to 3 hours.
Obtain a validation card from the hostess desk.
|When we first learned about Masa (the
Woodlands location), it was an unknown quantity. It's not
that no one was raving about it...no one was referencing it at
all. After four reviews during 2012, we were amazed to
discover their considerable effort to provide authentic and
traditional sushi rice. Three out of four reviews graded
the rice 'near perfect' - a rarity in Houston.
Additionally, the owner (and sushi chef) of Masa (Kitamura-san)
began his sushi training in Osaka, Japan before transporting his
skills to the United States. The sushi was graded as
'above average,' the restaurant was unmistakably clean and, of
course, the rice....ideal. With an undeniably high rating,
Masa made the list.
Lunch, Chef's Special: Chef
Kitamura-san offers a 5-piece nigiri lunch with an accompanying
A fantastic medley of 9 portions of sushi-grade fish with
first-rate sushi rice.
those who appreciate a traditional sushi option - Inari sushi
with 4 pieces of Futomaki (large roll).
Consider the Azuki Yaki Mochi (grilled rice cake with red
If your visit to Masa happens to be your first visit, sit at the
sushi bar and chat with Chef Kitamura. You'll learn a lot
and make a friend at the same time.
2. If a private dinner is more your speed, request the
small tatami-style private room...but inquire first
3. Masa is located within a shopping center, near the 'Sears
|Michiru Sushi came close to being considered
a contender for 2014, but we were able to squeeze three random
reviews in before January 1st of 2013. It goes without saying
that a new sushi establishment will typically have great decor.
Thanks to new countertops, fresh flooring and a virtually unused
sushi bar, Michiru looks great. What impressed our
reviewers more than anything was the sushi dinners - both in
quality and service. Unless you live in southern Houston,
Michiru's I-59 location is a new, secondary sushi spot from
their initial establishment in Webster, Texas. The
sushi is fresh. The rice is suitable. The ambiance is ideal.
The customer service is great. Michiru, welcome to the top
Scallop: While many
sushi restaurants in Houston offer it as a special, this remains
a consistent item on Michiru's sushi menu.
The Pacific Roll:
A sushi roll
offering a combination of great flavors as well as textures -
tempura'd lobster tail, crabmeat salad and avocado. Great
flavor combined with a great crunch.
The Wild Salmon Roll:
Rarely do you notice a signature sushi
roll with asparagus, but this one was worthy ordering twice:
A roll containing peppered salmon, Asparagus and avocado
then topped with fresh salmon, lime and wasabi tobiko.
Although Michiru doesn't provide a happy hour, they offer
suitable pricing that negates the need for one.
2. For sushi eaters who appreciate a healthier option,
brown rice is available for their bento box lunch options.
3. Michiru's sushi and sashimi lunch is great option to
consider - 4 pieces of sushi, 6 pieces of sashimi and a common
4. Can't locate it? Michiru is located next to the Joel Osteen
|In all honestly, MF Sushi wasn't originally
slated to be listed on our Top Ten for the year. After a
single review before the end of 2012, we were more than willing
to say - "you have a great chance next year." In our review of the
restaurant, we made a short list of recommendations that MF Sushi
should consider rectifying. To our delight, every
recommendation was rectified immediately. This, to
us, proves that a business owner (who takes criticism as 'room
for improvement') will succeed. We recommend finding a
seat in front of the sushi bar, allowing Chef Chris Kinjo to
show off his talents. Enjoy the sushi, enjoy the
performance and enjoy the conversation. MF Sushi is new to
the city. If they can maintain the same level of
improvement for the year, they might be the biggest sushi
attraction that Westheimer has had in a while. Simply put,
this is the sushi spot where you should always sit at
the sushi bar and forego the appetizers. One note - we do
not recommend group setting for MF Sushi. While enjoying a
sushi dinner at the sushi bar is recommended, they are not
capable of group settings. A sushi bar experience at MF
Sushi is recommended but consider other options for group
Nigiri: One of the
most authentic forms of nigiri - made from eggs, mountain
potato, cold sake and more.
Literally means 'I'll leave it up to you.' Sitting at MF's
sushi bar and receiving an omakase would be a great dinner for
just about anyone.
Sushi Combination Lunches:
Choose from options A thru E: All provide quality
sushi-based options (5 pcs of nigiri) and a sushi roll.
MF Sushi shares their parking lot with a handful of businesses.
Although there are parking spaces alloted for MF Sushi patrons,
you can also find parking on Fountainview.
2. Sit at the sushi bar. We do not recommend group
3. Review their sake list. It's a simple list of
|Osaka Japanese Restaurant, located near
Houston's downtown sector, has been offering sushi lovers a
great spot for lunch and dinner for a long time. Despite
the growing competition in the area, their customer base is
steadily improving. Why? Because sushi lovers are
sampling the competition and realizing that most menu prices
aren't matching the value. While enjoying a meal at Osaka,
every customer receives a small, complimentary appetizer and
dessert...on the house. The restaurant is spacious and
recently reconstructed. A new, small private room awaits
any sushi celebration. Near Westheimer and Montrose, it's
hard to find a suitable substitute in relation to value.
and Sashimi Combination: A
great sushi option to consider when you're in the need for a
filling sushi-filled dinner.
Makimono Combination: A
sizable offering of common sushi rolls for less than $20.
A great sushi appetizer for those who wish to share the plate.
Sushi/Tempura Lunch: A
wonderful offering of sushi and tempura shrimp and vegetables
for less than $13.00.
Always visit Osaka with an empty stomach. Considering the
complimentary appetizers and desserts offered, it can make a
difference after your factor in your meal.
2. When you can, ask to be seated in the raised dining
area on the opposite side of the restaurant. Especially at
dinnertime, it's less crowded and quieter.
3. If the parking lot is full, we recommend parking in the
subdivision behind the restaurant - a quaint
neighborhood that even hosts a neighborhood watch program.
|During the first three years of the Sushi
Club of Houston's existence, we provided 'Top Ten Lists' for
traditional Japanese cuisine. By the fourth year, we were
receiving dozens of emails from members who were asking for
'Fusion Sushi' recommendations. While every Houston-area
sushi spot provides their share of fusion rolls, very few
consider it a fundamental focus of their menu. Redfish
Seafood Grill not only focus on fusion sushi but they've made it
a hallmark of their establishment. One visit to one of
their locations (either I-249 or I-290) and you'll find the
staff to be remarkably friendly while serving 14, 15 and 16 pc
eye-widening fusion sushi rolls. Even better, the
owners of Redfish (David and Rolita Chang) are the types of
people who will happily clean the floors and prepare the tables
with their employees. Simply put, they know their
establishment in-and-out. If you're looking for fusion
sushi rolls, this is it.
Firecracker Roll: One
of the menu items ordered by dedicated Redfish patrons.
The roll will span the length of your plate and cost you less
The Eel Lover Roll:
Imagine a 'Caterpillar Roll' on steroids.
The Hot Chic Roll:
Ten ingredients in one roll and the most roll popular ordered.
The Fish Lover Roll:
Fried bay snapper, spicy tuna, avocado, salmon and roasted
ginger garlic pesto. How's that for fusion?
If you've never been to Redfish (the 249 location) before, it's
important to understand that you aren't looking for a typical
sushi establishment. Redfish's exterior resembles a
2. Thanks to the large, connecting parking lot, there's
3. On a Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, make a
| Soma Sushi opened its doors to the
public in January 2008, occupying a prime spot on Washington
Ave. Due to their undeniable success, a handful of sushi
spots have staked their claim along side them. And while
every sushi establishment has their pro's and con's, Soma has
consistently maintained a level of service and quality that few
can match. From the bar to the dining area, the amibance
is first rate. The private dining areas (upstairs) are
wonderful spots for any special gathering.
The sushi menu (both lunch
and dinner) offer a wide selection of options. Great
example - You have the option of purchasing their Chirashi
(including 10 types of sashimi) for $25, or the 'Chirashi 2.0' -
an impressive upgrade of sushi selections for $40. That's
innovative thinking. That's diversity. That's Soma.
Tiger Prawn Ebi Nigiri:
Soma provides the option of trying
something different when it comes to the classic ebi nigiri.
Seared Mackerel Nigiri with Fresh Ginger:
If you've never been a big fan of Saba
(Mackerel) we recommend you give this a try.
The Toro Crunch Roll:
Imagine a roll containing fatty tuna, blue fin tuna, scallion
tempura and Black tobiko.
The Heirloom Spider Roll:
This pushes the common spider roll to the next level - a 'must
When dinnertime kicks in gear, Soma offers complimentary valet
parking - an ideal option on Washington Ave.
2. To really appreciate the 'Soma Experience,' order a
sake from their great drink menu and relax at the bar before
3. Requesting their private room, seating about 10 people
for a great group dinner.