Sushi lovers can get a taste of the Tsukiji Market Tobiuo’s special Fish Box omakase
Eight Turn Crepe has rolled into the ever developing Katy Asian Town plaza. The concept originated in Ginza, Japan and made its way to the U.S. in 2013 with a location in New York.
The crepe stands in Harajuku always have long lines, but despite visiting Tokyo twice, I didn’t eat a crepe there. I was excited to finally try a Japanese style crepe for the first time. Eight Turn Crepe TX’s soft opening was held on the weekend of March 9-10. I met Jennifer, one of the owners, while I was there and she invited me to come back for grand opening on March 23.
The crepe batter is what makes a Japanese crepe unique; it is made out of rice flour making them gluten free. The texture is a little lighter than the traditional French crepe. These crepes are served rolled to be eaten without utensils instead of plated. The Japanese designed them to be handheld they can be easily transported (even though Japanese people never walk and eat at the same time).
The name “eight turn” is derived from how many times they fold the crepe. A selection of both savory and sweet crepes is sold in-store. My recommendation is to order one savory and one sweet crepe! Though if you have a big appetite like me, you can easily fit three inside your stomach.
Eight Turn Crepe also serves locally sourced gelato. The seven flavors are honeycomb, stracciatella, mango, chocolate, vanilla. strawberry, and matcha. You can order a scoop on top of your crepe or in a cup. There is also a small selection of coffee available.
My favorite two that I’ve had so far are definitely the Eight Turn Lox crepe and Harajuku Fruit cocktail crepe. The lox one in particular is not to be missed. Featured below are the Truffle Egg White Omelet crepe and Lychee Valentine crepe which were also delicious. I also ordered the specialty latte. This time it was hazelnut, but it will change throughout the year. The barista designed latte art of a stingray for me!
If you’re ever in the Katy area, I recommend trying Eight Turn! There is plenty of seating and the space is well-lit. There is free wi-fi as well making it a great potential study spot. Overall, I love the fresh ingredients and how easy the flavors are on the palate. Now is your chance to get a taste of Japan right here in Houston. Thank you Eight Turn Crepe for hosting me!
Secret Taste is an interesting take on the omakase experience. The secret part of the name is not an exaggeration. To attend, you need an invitation which you can only attain from following their social media if you’re lucky. The secret menu changes each session. The location is secret until the day of the event. The Secret Taste experience is a collaboration of several parties. Sushi chefs Patrick Pham and Daniel Lee are the front the operation. Pastry chef Dory Fung is in charge of dessert and mixologist Sarah Taylor on drinks. The venue is procured by Nan Properties.
I was lucky enough to land a spot thanks to Mimi (@eat.vietcariously) forwarding me an invite. Episode 2 took place on December 27-28 in a $1.6 million mansion in the Memorial area. The dinner was $125/person or $150/person including the additional beverage pairing. The experience is very intimate with only 11 diners per dinner. The night consisted of mingling and watching the team craft 13 courses.
Secret Taste is definitely a fun and fancy dinner. Not only are the plates delicious, the show is great, too! Watching the team through the night let’s you see the craftsmanship that goes into each dish up close. They put a uniquely American twist on the art of Japanese sushi. Keep your eyes on Instagram for future Secret Taste episodes for now.
Through Secret Taste, Chefs Patrick Pham and Daniel Lee will be opening their first restaurant Kokoro, meaning “heart” in Japanese, very soon. The duo will serve sushi and yakitori in the new downtown dining hall Bravery Chef Hall. Kokoro is estimated to open at the end of March 2019.