The bite-size portions of sushi make it easy to sample a wide range of exotic flavors quickly without a serious expenditure of time or a stern lecture from the Oompa Loompa foreman. Feast upon variety with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of sushi and Japanese fare at Crave Sushi.
The chefs at Crave Sushi construct pieces of edible Asian art in a sleek lounge setting. Owner Linny Hoang's menu gives tired maki a makeover by outfitting it in forward-thinking flavors such as Spicy Mama, which fires up mouths with hot shouts of tuna, sweet sriracha, and a drizzle of unagi sauce ($16). The intrepid Pink Panther ferrets out hunger with clues of avocado, yamagobo, and peppered tuna ($22), and Crave's signature Cheetah roll spools together layers of surimi crab mix, cream cheese, and cucumbers before donning accents of Flamin' Hot Cheetos ($17). Crave Sushi's chefs prep chicken, beef, or pork for bento boxes ($12–$13 for lunch), which pack an impressive cargo into a small space like Henry VIII's sports car.
Diners can linger postmeal to sample Crave Sushi's specialty desserts, such as crispy fried-banana wontons with creamy chocolate ice cream ($9). The dining room complements traditional décor with chic, modern architecture accented in crimson and black.
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 Street
Houston, Texas 77006