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).
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.
Kenzo Sushi Bistro's crafty culinary mariners serve up a fresh, creative menu culled and rolled from the fruits of the sea and much more. Commence the noshery with a hot appetizer such as the succulent scallop butteryaki ($9) or the well-behaved seven-spice calamari ($9), and cool off your tongue with cold starters such as fresh salmon ceviche ($9). Seafarers can sample the cougar roll, a zesty fusion of spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado, and ponzu sauce, or up their bandwidth with a colorful collection of seaweed tubes such as sushi combo A ($16), which includes a luscious LAN party of tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and more. Stop by during lunch hour for Kenzo's bento boxes, which pack a wallet-friendly wallop of a veggie roll, gyozo, four-piece California roll, steamed rice, and your choice of entree ($7–$8).
Leaping flames illuminate hibachi chefs' faces as they sear steak, chicken, and seafood in the kitchen of Nikko Sushi & Steak, a Houston eatery whose menu centers on the triad of sushi, steak, and sake. Signature house rolls, such as the spicy baked crawfish roll topped with crabstick, complement sashimi and udon noodles in clear broth. Meats such as tender rib eye and new york strip steak give the menu an American twist without printing it on the Liberty Bell. While they await their dinners, diners cozy up in plush red booths curtained for privacy, sit at traditional tables, or pull up stools to the bar illuminated by hanging lights evocative of traditional paper lanterns.
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.
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.