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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.

10535 Westheimer Rd
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

Sushipop sends the now-familiar fare of the Japanese sushi bar headlong into the future with its menu of Asian-Latin-American-fusion cuisine. The eclectic bill of fare runs the gamut from the umami flavor of pork vermicelli bowls and seaweed-wrapped grilled tuna to the unadulterated American decadence of a deep-fried Oreo cookie. In between those extremes, fusion dishes such as tempura-battered corn dogs and spicy-tuna-wonton tacos mix and match cultural traditions with a satisfying crunch. Inventive flourishes such as jalapeño-infused mayo and sweet-chili sauce spice up sushi rolls of crawfish, snow crab, and salmon; sprinklings of fresh bean sprouts, cucumber, and field greens add a touch of color and crispness to hearty Kobe burgers and tuna steaks. Sushipop's decor and plating also advance a sleek, modern theme. Behind the sushi bar, chefs tuck meals into black lacquered bento boxes or artfully arrange them on bone-white serving trays. After placing their orders, guests take their seats among streamlined, battleship-gray chairs, where they sprinkle soy sauce from small capsules that, like Poseidon's fleet of custom jet skis, are all shaped like stylized fish.

9770 Katy Fwy
Houston,
TX
US

Taisho is so serious about hibachi and teppanyaki that they have an entire room devoted to it: in the Hibachi Room, chefs sear meats and veggies on specialized tabletop grills, flipping them theatrically onto a cushion of rice, in turn located on guests' plates. Their performances are not limited to the Hibachi Room though, as they can also pull tableside grills up to the main dining room's semi-private circular booths. In either space, they let guests choose to have their teppanyaki plates bulked up with a diverse selection of meats and seafood, including teriyaki chicken, sirloin, gulf shrimp, or scallops.

The chef's specialty entrees include sashimi-grade tuna steak with an apple-olive sauce and macadamia chicken sweetened with pineapple, combining more flavors than Manhattan combines people of different walks of life who all hate hailing cabs. Beyond the flames shooting up from the grills, the ambience on Friday and Saturday evenings is set by a rotating lineup of musicians that create soothing background sounds.

16100 City Walk
Sugar Land,
TX
US

Three-sided tables house massive hot griddles at Koby Japanese Steakhouse, where chefs deftly dance with blades and flames to transform food preparation into a show. During dinner, they dice meats, juggle knives, and drum rhythms against the tabletops. They sculpt fried rice into massive hearts before slicing portions off and delivering them to guests’ waiting plates. For the finale, they prepare different proteins—from chicken to lobster—in signature sauces before they disappear in puffs of steam from their freshly cleaned griddles.

2211 N Fry Rd.
Katy,
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 saut?ed 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