Japanese Restaurants in Spring Branch

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As the centerpiece of Kublai Khan, the mongolian grill reaches temperatures of 650 degrees and can cook more than 30 meals at the same time. The restaurant's methods revive an ancient tradition from centuries ago, when, after a long day of hunting, Genghis Khan and his warriors would cook meat, vegetables, and whatever spices were available atop their upturned shields—which had the logos of several sponsors on them. In similar fashion, diners at Kublai Khan gather their self-selected bowls of ingredients before handing them over to the chefs, who slice, dice, and sear them into stir-fry creations. The fiery production earned Kublai Khan the Talk of the Town customer-satisfaction award in 2012 for the second year running.

13708 Northwest Fwy
Houston,
TX
US

Founded by the owners of The Fish, Sushipop's menu features fresh specialty rolls and noodle bowls for on-the-go Japanese dining. Sidle up to the counter and toss back a smooth California roll ($4.95 for 8 pieces), or opt for specialty rolls such as the Tuna on Fire, a spicy tuna tube accented with cucumbers, jalapeños, and a drizzle of house fire sauce ($9.95 for eight pieces). Accessorize your order with single-serving sushi in the form of “pop it” pieces ($1.75 per piece), or go the combo route to tack a miso soup or salad onto a set of sushi such as the High Roller, a trident's worth of shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, and spider hand rolls ($9.95). Palates passionately opposed to deep-sea dining can slurp the grilled-chicken udon soup ($6.95) or nosh extras such as fried dumplings ($3.95 for five pieces) and edamame ($3.95).

9770 Katy Fwy
Houston,
TX
US

Embers American Grille embraces flame-kissed flavors with a menu packed with tender steaks and classic American dishes enhanced by a sophisticated touch. Chefs accent crushed pepper New York strip steaks with a mustard demi-glace and kick up sautéed shrimp with a fiery siracha butter. On weekends, the eatery’s brunch dishes feature similarly modern twists such as chipotle hollandaise poured over eggs benedict and grilled salmon. And during happy hours, guests can down buffalo wings dipped in mango sauce while sipping on beer or wine and feeling ecstatic about life.

5709 Woodway Dr
Houston,
TX
US

Bangkok Thai Cuisine

When ordering a dish at Bangkok Thai Cuisine, you always know what you’ll be getting into. The restaurant classifies its dishes according to four levels of spice: mild, medium, spicy, and Thai hot. The last of these is reserved for those brave diners whose dietary staples consist of jalapenos, deep-fried chilies, and dragon meat. The rest appeal to a more diverse crowd and include highlights such as sweet-and-sour tilapia and eggplant with basil. Despite the menu’s penchant for customization, there’s only one word to describe Bangkok Thai’s dining room: warm. Chairs of rich cherry wood juxtapose spotless white tablecloths, and plants bask in the glow of small red lanterns that hang from the walls.

9296 Westheimer Rd
Houston,
TX
US

MasalaWok® is a Casual Asian and Indian Diner featuring best of Asian and Indian dishes. Asian menu features a blend of typical Asian and Indian inspired Chinese dishes. Indian menu features traditional curries prepared with fresh herbs and seasonings, and meats cooked in tandoor oven.

10001 Westheimer Rd
Houston,
TX
US

Begin your culinary journey with an order of spring rolls or cheese rolls, stuffed with raisin-studded rice paper and deep-fried (both $4.25). Classic dishes done well appease traditionalists, including spicy Tom Yum soup ($4.25–$5.25), pad Thai ($8.95), pad see eiw ($8.95), and five kinds of curry ($8.95–$9.95). Build a balanced meal with the entree and rice dishes including garlic and pepper lover ($8.95) with stir-fried meat tossed in black pepper sauce over cabbage. Diners can also pick from grilled selections ($10.95–$12.95), served with shrimp fried rice and steamed veggies. Cool off a spice-saturated palate with a sweet scoop of coconut ice cream ($3.50) for dessert. Expect friendly service, carefully curated curry, and a cozy ambiance at any of the eight outposts. Like the recipe for Play-Doh, Thai Cottage adheres to simple, timeless standards.

10001 Westheimer Rd
Houston,
TX
US