Houston: Memorial City

Secret Taste Episode 2

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.

kurodai (porgy) with candied kumquat

kurodai (porgy) with candied kumquat

A5 wagyu nigiri

A5 wagyu nigiri

o-toro (extra fatty tuna) with fried quail egg

o-toro (extra fatty tuna) with fried quail egg

tuna hand rolls

tuna hand rolls

mocktails by Sarah

mocktails by Sarah

torched Ora King salmon with negri

torched Ora King salmon with negri

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king salmon with frozen persimmon, persimmon gel, and tsume

king salmon with frozen persimmon, persimmon gel, and tsume

sake jelly shooter

sake jelly shooter

uni hand rolls

uni hand rolls

Hokkaido scallop with wasabi and nikiri

Hokkaido scallop with wasabi and nikiri

aji (Japanese horse mackerel)

aji (Japanese horse mackerel)

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A5 wagyu beef nigiri

A5 wagyu beef nigiri

A5 wagyu beef hand rolls

A5 wagyu beef hand rolls

sikhye + black sesame 5 ways dessert: black sesame sponge cake, black sesame panna cotta, toasted white sesame seeds and crumble, vanilla ice cream with fresh ground sesame seeds

sikhye + black sesame 5 ways dessert: black sesame sponge cake, black sesame panna cotta, toasted white sesame seeds and crumble, vanilla ice cream with fresh ground sesame seeds

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.

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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.


 

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Houston, TX 77002

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POKII Eatery Turns 2 with BOGO Free Promotion

POKII Eatery will be turning two years old this Saturday, February 23, 2019. Join the celebration with the buy one bowl, get one bowl free special promotion from 11 A.M. to 9 P.M.

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POKII Eatery opened in 2016 by founders Ricardo, Eddie, Steven, and Chris. Located in the Energy Corridor, POKII Eatery is a healthy fast casual concept perfect for lunch and dinner. To ensure quality and freshness, all ingredients and sauces are prepared in-house daily. Choose from 7 unique signature bowls or customize your own poke bowl with unlimited toppings.

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I sampled each of their signature bowls. From the top and going clockwise, here lies the Big Kahuna, Citrus Yuzu, Alohapeno, Miso Surf, Soju Island, California, and Texas Dynamite bowls. If you’re looking for a traditional Hawaiin style poke, the Big Kahuna will satisfy your needs perfectly. The other 6 bowls deviate from the traditional style, but each one is also solid choice. My favorite out of the bunch was the Citrus Yuzu bowl which is topped with salmon, spicy ponzu, cucumber, pickled jalapeno, masago, scallions, sesame, tomato, crab meat, volcano flakes, and furikake.

For proteins, they currently offer salmon, Ahi tuna, scallop, octopus, and shrimp tempura. POKII Eatery is planning to offer additional protein options, for example yellowtail, for select periods of time throughout the year. If you’re a spice chaser, I definitely recommend trying their spicy sauces because the heat is really up there. If you need a any recommendations on what to order, make sure to ask the staff since they are super friendly and know their stuff.

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In addition to the BOGO deal, customers will also receive a scratch off ticket. Each ticket contains a freebie item. Just bring it back between March and May 2019 to redeem your prize. Follow the Facebook event page for complete details and updates of their anniversary.


 

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Houston, TX 77079

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