Taipei China Bistro's chefs mix up an eclectic menu of sushi, seafood, noodles, and traditional Chinese dishes. Start the taste tour with a deep-fried Vietnamese egg roll ($6.99), four honey-glazed barbecue ribs ($9.29), or six Taipei pork dumplings ($5.99). Fans of delicate seafood can cheer for more than 35 sushi options, including spicy salmon rolls ($6.25) or the spurs roll prepared with shrimp tempura, avocado, tuna, salmon, eel, masago, and scallions ($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.
The fish connoisseurs at Wazabi Sushi Bar slice up a vast assortment of sushi filled with fresh ingredients flown in from Los Angeles, Hawaii, and Japan. An extensive menu of rolls and sashimi brims with hand-held fish devices such as tuna, salmon, and yellowtail sushi ($5 for two pieces). The cuisine-melding Texan roll ($10) tops salmon and jalapeño with beef tataki, served alongside cilantro-citrus sauce, and the prismatic Rainbow roll’s tuna, salmon, yellowtail, white fish, and shrimp cast a polychromatic glow across an awestruck California roll base ($13). Crab-infused creations such as the Alaskan roll ($10.50), with spicy crab, salmon, and avocado, side-walk around imitation crustaceans in favor of the real thing.
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.
In 2008, brothers Yuen and Peter Yung opened the first How Do You Roll? restaurant, devoting it to inventive, customizable sushi. Just five years later, the eatery has expanded to multiple locations across four states—including a spot in Houston, in the tunnel under Commerce Towers. There, chefs invite customers to build their own sushi rolls or bowls, beginning with white or brown rice, which can then be topped or rolled with ingredients such as raw spicy salmon, grilled chicken, avocado, and strawberries. Sauces such as wasabi mayo and toppings such as chili powder finish off each roll.
Diners can also opt for one of How Do You Roll?’s favorite recipes, such as the Mango Tango, whose krab stick, salmon, vegetables, and mango salsa are assembled by a chef holding a rose in his teeth. The menu also caters to healthy-minded hungers with low-carb bowls, gluten-free options, and 13 rolls that contain fewer than 300 calories apiece.
Topped with salmon, two kinds of tuna, eel, and red snapper, the Harry Roll is an elaborate creation named for Sasu Sushi's owner. Drizzled in each one of the house sauces and sprinkled with chili pepper, this roll lets the chefs demonstrate their sushi-rolling prowess in a way a simple california roll can't. But that’s not to say that the basic rolls here aren’t crafted with as much care as they are packed with fresh ingredients. In fact, diners can watch the chefs in action from a seat at the cozy restaurant's sushi bar. Guests can also tuck into other Japanese staples, including tempura, noodle, and fried rice dishes before chasing the whole thing with sake bombs.