Texas might be a long way from Japan, but that doesn't mean you can't find some decent sushi in the Bayou City. Here are the top 10 places to get sushi in Houston.
If you're looking for tasty sushi but don't want to shell out a ton of money, Miyako on Washington Avenue is a good bet. Swing by during happy hour Monday through Friday 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. or during lunchtime for special prices on a good selection of rolls and drinks.
Be sure to try the Miyako Special, a spicy tuna roll topped with salmon and avocado, or the fan-favorite Crunchy Maki consisting of snow crab, avocado and cavier, with tempura flakes and eel sauce on top.
As one of the more expensive spots on this list, Uchi is a bit of a splurge. But you absolutely get what you pay for. The sushi and sashimi are delicious, and the quality of the service is second to none. Everything on the menu is fresh and delicious, but the foie gras sashimi, in particular, is a must-try, and the ambience and decor make it one of Houston's most romantic restaurants.
Tip: If the price tag is a little out of reach, less expensive "tastings" are available during Uchi's Sake Social from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
First-timers at Izakaya WA can sometimes find the extensive menu a bit overwhelming, but that's because the restaurant specializes in small plates — like tapas — that are meant to be samplings, not full meals. Pick and choose from a variety of authentic Japanese dishes, including a delicious selection of sushi, skewers and rice dishes.
Tip: Izakaya WA is a popular lunch spot, so try to swing by during off hours to avoid a long wait time.
Kuu translates to "the art of eating," and it couldn't be more obvious here. Like Izakaya, they offer tapas-syle dishes, though it is slightly more upscale. The menu is full of modern Japanese dishes that include locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Perhaps the most popular dish is the Poseidon Makimono (or "roll"), which includes scallops, sake and truffle yuzu vinaigrette, among other delicious ingredients.
Tip: KUU is one of Houston's worst-kept secrets and as such, reservations are typically a good idea.
Located in Houston's Chinatown, Sushi Miyagi is truly a mom and pop shop. The owner prepares each and every sushi plate with a careful precision that can only be the result of years of practice. While wait times tend to be a little longer due to a limited staff, the food is well worth it, and the fish cuts are generous for the price.
Tip: Business hours can sometimes vary, so be sure to call ahead before coming.
You might be wary about sushi from a food truck, but Muiishi Makirritos defies all expectations. Unlike many of the more traditional sushi establishments on this list, Muiishi specializes in Japanese food with a Mexican flare (this is Houston after all), and while their menu isn't lengthy, there are a surprising number of selections for a food truck. Be sure to try their popular Shaggy Dog: a tempura shrimp roll with kani kama (AKA imitation crab meat), avocado, radish sprouts and a spicy aioli sauce.
In addition to the standard, high-quality traditional sushi options available in many restaurants, Kata Robata also has some tasty fusion options. The Spicy Tropical Tuna roll with its mango and wasabi vinaigrette is a must-try, as is the Salmon and Soft Shell Crab roll, which comes with Korean BBQ powder.
The atmosphere is nice but not overly stuffy, making it a perfect place for happy hour or to cap a fun date night.
If you're OK with opting for slightly less-traditional — but still oh-so-delicious — sushi, The Blue Fish does not disappoint. Their menu is largely Asian-fusion cuisine, and for those who prefer their rolls crunchy and creamy, there are plenty of options for tempura and spicy mayo available. For something a little different, try one of their baked rolls, such as the Rock n Roll, which includes eel with snow crab and asparagus that is wrapped in salmon and baked before being drizzled with volcano sauce.
Tip: Online ordering is available on their website.
EurAsia Fusion Sushi offers an extensive selection of sushi rolls at a lower price than many of the other restaurants on this list. They are especially great for those who prefer "Americanized" sushi rolls that include ingredients like cream cheese and jalapeño. The fan favorite, however, is the Alaska roll, which comes with yellow tail, salmon, tuna, snow crab and avocado. Be sure to come during happy hour during the week in the evenings to take advantage of discounted prices on rolls.
Tip: Online ordering and delivery are available on their website.
There is no shortage of variety at Top Sushi. Whether you prefer a raw, traditional sashimi, or fully cooked tempura rolls, the menu offers a little bit of everything. Swing by for happy hour Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. or all day Sunday for astonishingly cheap deals on select hand rolls, special rolls, drinks and more.