Before the culinary value of wasabi was discovered, its sole use was that of April Fools' Day toothpaste substitute. Enjoy a flavorful meal free of horseradish-based pranks with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Japanese fusion cuisine at Crave Sushi in Midtown.
Served in plates, rolls, and bowls, Crave Sushi's creative concoctions put a modern twist on traditional Asian fare. Owner Linny Hoang's menu models a variety of raw dishes, cooked specialties, and daring fonts. Midday munchers can dig into preset sushi combos ($12–$14) or bento noodle boats, which sail upon tabletops with a crew of rice vermicelli or steamed white rice ($10–$19). The main sushi playbill stars specialty rolls, such as the Volcano, topped with spicy baked bay scallops, sweet Sriracha, lotus-root chips, roe, and scallions ($14), and the spotlight-stealing Cheetah roll, known for its spicy mix, wild weekends with Burton Gilliam, and charismatic toppings of wasabi cream, jalapeños, and Flamin' Hot Cheetos dust ($16).
Guests can seal the meal with a homemade cheesecake gyoza dessert ($8) or frozen, bite-sized balls of Bubbies mochi ($8). Contemporary décor adds to the stylish atmosphere at the seafood haven, suited for fashionable nights out or blind dates between marine biologists.
The chefs at Crave Sushi construct pieces of edible Asian art in a sleek lounge with accents the ruby-red hue of ahi tuna. Crave's chefs give maki a makeover at a sushi bar, slipping blades through inventive ingredients and twisting soy paper or seaweed into creations including the Cheetah roll, a bundle of surimi crab mix, cream cheese, and cucumbers dusted with Flamin' Hot Cheetos. Diners linger postmeal over homemade fried-banana wontons and electrically hued drinks. Bubbies mochi balls are imported from Hawaii to draw grins, much like a long-lost cousin on a confusing sitcom, and happy chatter fills the lounge late into the evening on weekends.
2900 Travis St.
Houston, Texas 77006Get Directions