The expert chefs and sushi rollers at Taipei China Bistro populate dinner and sushi menus with savory entrees and hand-rolled masterpieces. Marinated shrimp simmered in lobster sauce wrestles with a split personality ($11.99); crispy orange-flavored beef packs flavor punches hailing from dual food groups ($12.49). In the pepper steak, sliced beef mingles with green peppers, onions, and carrots in a sauté suite as tangy brown sauce douses the party with zest ($11.29). Alternatively, raw varieties such as the dragon roll with broiled eel, cucumber, avocado, masago, and eel sauce ($10.95) tickle taste buds with flameless nuances. The Crazy Mike roll wraps chili sauce and spicy crayfish in cozy quarters with salmon, tuna, and whitefish, and patiently waits to travel mouthward via chopsticks or miniature catapult ($13.95).
At Takuma Japanese Grill, master chefs dazzle diners with their teppanyaki talent, show off exotic sushi species, and dice up a menu of delectable Japanese fare intermingled with Latin, Southwest, and Caribbean flavors. Begin taste tours with crab-stuffed mushrooms ($4.95), tuna tartar ($8.95), or a baked avocado packed with crab, lobster, and a fiery sesame Japanese aioli ($7). To experience an exciting sushi adventure with a happy ending, eaters can select the Surprise Me Chef roll ($13.50)—which lets the chef choose on a whim what to roll up—or ask for nine other specialty rolls crafted with everything from strawberries and jalapeños to fried crawfish, cilantro, mango curry sauce, crab tempura, and more.
Today’s Groupon lets you get your fill of soy-dunked delights without resorting to chugging another bottle of soy sauce. For $15, you’ll get $35 worth of eastern hemisphere vittles at Northwest Houston’s Tenshi Sushi and Japanese Noodle, a friendly sushi shack located off Jones Road. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
At Zushi Japanese Cuisine, experienced executive sushi chef Christopher Nemoto draws from traditional Japanese culinary traditions and augments them with modern flourishes. The result is a menu of inventive fresh sushi and Japanese classics. In the Houston Press’s list of top 10 sushi restaurants, the writer hailed both the restaurant's fresh fish and its "impeccably seasoned rice." Patrons can sample both in the eatery's delectable specialty rolls, including the Slammin Sammy—a mélange of imitation crab, cucumber, and cream cheese topped with smoked salmon and a citrus chili paste; or the Surf and Turf—finely sliced and grilled rib-eye steak with carrot, jalapeño, avocado, and sweet lobster. And as diners sup on the delicate pinks and oranges of tuna and salmon or the mottled grays of the countertop roll, they'll do so amid the chic ambiance of a sushi bar complete with booths, patio seating, and a cocktail bar equipped with flat-screen televisions.
The sushi artisans at Azuma Sushi & Robata Bar assemble innovative Japanese dishes and artfully plated, seaweed-wrapped rolls during lunch and dinner hours. In Azuma’s signature roll ($11)—the first listed on its extensive menu—tuna, salmon, and whitefish get to know avocado and chili oil by virtue of sharing the same seaweed wrap, an orientation activity popularized in the Navy. The John Doe roll ($14) belies its name with bursts of spicy yellowtail and pepper tuna, and Azuma’s signature gazpacho ($6) cools palates with a soup of salmon, mango, avocado, and tomato juice. For hot dishes, the restaurant's waiters serve up a whole, grilled squid ($9), its 200 yards blanketed in spicy miso and ginger soy sauce. Robata-grilled specialties include eggplant skewers coated in a sweet, miso glaze ($3) and Alaskan black cod simmering in a miso marinade ($14).