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 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).
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).
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.
A bright-blue aquarium glows amid the red-and-black décor of The Fish Restaurant and Sushi Bar's dining room, where patrons dive in to specialty nigiri and sashimi sushi and a variety of Asian-inspired entrees. Hungry mobs can conquer the godzilla roll, stabbing its morsels of crab, avocado, and jalapeños with miniature pitchforks ($11), or put down their arms and cradle sweet shrimp ($4) or chopped scallop ($12) nigiri.