Excellent news: Omakase returns to prime Japanese restaurant Kata Robata in Houston

The Omakase service will resume at Kata Robata at 3600 Kirby, after a temporary hiatus during the pandemic. According to a press release, the restaurant shipped so many take-out items in 2020 that there was simply no capacity to create the bespoke Omakase offerings.

Kata Robata is known as one of the best restaurants in Houston for omakase. This is thanks to the chef Manabu “Hori” Horiuchis innovative ideas that push the boundaries of traditional and modern Japanese cuisine and his methodical way of layering simple, fresh ingredients into complex, beautiful presentations. Horiuchi is a four-time James Beard Award nominee, and in 2019 Kata Robata received top spot on Alison’s Cook’s restaurant critic on the Houston Chronicle List of top 100 restaurants.

Nigiri Sushi at Kata RobataIt doesn’t get any fresher. Kata Robata’s omakase service has returned. A limited number of these bespoke meals are handcrafted each week by Executive Chef Manabu “Hori” Horuchi, a four-time James Beard Award nominee. A5 Wagyu Nigiri is shown. Photo by Julie Soefer.

Omakase means translated “I leave it to you”. Instead of ordering from a menu, guests rely entirely on a highly skilled chef to choose the courses for the festive meal. Kata Robata’s omakase selection varies based on the types of fish that are shipped daily from Japan, but it is always a mix of cold and hot dishes and often includes seasonal nigiri and delicacies with University and wagyu. Even the Yuasa branded soy sauce, which Horiuchi prefers for omakase, is special as it is made in Japan’s oldest soy sauce brewery and in Cedar barrels for more than 18 months to make complex umami. bring forth.

Only eight omakase meals are served each evening, except on Sundays and Wednesdays, which are Horiuchi’s free days. Price ranges from $ 150 to $ 200, depending on customer preferences and the fresh ingredients Horiuchi uses, and doesn’t include drinks, taxes, or tips. Guests can reserve their experiences by calling Kata Robata at (713) 526-8858 or Visit the website and note in the reservation that you want Omakase.

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