seafood

A Taste of Tsukiji Market at Tobiuo

On September 26, I visited Tobiuo Sushi & Bar for the first time and it instantly ranked #1 on my top sushi restaurants of Houston. Tobiuo hosts a Fish Box experience which is a special omakase held every once in awhile when they receive a new shipment from the renowned Tsukiji Fish Market; though now if you attend, the fish would be sourced from Toyosu Market since Tsukiji Market closed. Omakase is a special dining experience where you leave everything in the hands of the chef. I love surprises and will eat just about anything, so omakase is perfect for me, but maybe not for a picky eater.

The price of this 3 hour experience was $150 per person and it was completely worth it even though I ended up being 45 minutes late. We were served 17 courses including dessert. Chef Mike Lim works his knife beautifully and each dish was crafted so beautifully.

When the galbi came out as the final dish, it was a surprise for me. It turns out Chef Lim is Korean, so he wanted to add his personal touch. After all was done, the last course was dessert, of course. One platter is meant to be shared by 2+ people, but since I was solo dining, I got one all for myself!

I have some additional photos of the nigiri because one angle can not contain how beautiful these pieces were. That night I brought my AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR lens. Though I’ve owned this lens for awhile, I had not used it very much and had never taken it outside my house. It’s advertised as a macro lens, so sushi was the perfect subject to practice on. Unlucky me was seated at the darkest part of the bar, but I think I did pretty well considering I didn’t bring a tripod to counter the ambient lighting.

Was the experience worth it? Yes. Would I attend again? Absolutely. Watching the craftsmanship of a sushi chef is mesmerizing. The service is impeccable. The flavors were more complex than the time I actually went to one of the sushiya at Tsukiji Market. The gentleman sitting next to me that this is the most generous, in terms of amount of fish to dollars ratio, omakasase dinner in Houston and they have a killer happy hour menu. The only thing stopping me from being a regular customer is that I live on the complete opposite side of Houston. I will definitely be back though and I highly recommend Tobiuo if you find yourself in the Katy area in the future.


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23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd Suite H130
Katy, TX 77494

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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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12153 Katy Fwy.
Houston, TX 77079

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Celebrate Em's Seafood Kitchen's Grand Opening This Sunday

Celebrate the grand opening of Em’s Seafood Kitchen this Sunday, February 17, 2019 in Manvel! Starting at 11 A.M., Em’s will start the day with a lion dance followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony. There will be activities and raffles. The first 50 customers in line will also receive a $50 gift card.

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Em’s Seafood Kitchen invited me out to their soft opening. The restaurant is located on the south side of Beltway 8 at the border of Manvel and Pearland. Em’s considers themselves a fast casual family-owned seafood restaurant with an Asian twist. All of their seafood is sourced fresh from the gulf and you can definitely taste the freshness. The shrimp even comes straight from their own family’s boats.

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For appetizers, tried the fried oysters, hush puppies, and fried rice. Biting through the crunchy exterior and meeting the soft interior of the freshly cooked oyster was extremely satisfying. These were the most flavorful hush puppies I’ve had. Both item's’ breading were not too dense which is how I prefer my fried foods. The fried rice without meat was a great accompaniment for the main dish seen below.

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For my entree, I ordered Leo’s Platter which comes with a little bit of everything! The platter has 1 lb. of crawfish, 1 lb. of shrimp. 1 lb. of snowcrab legs, 2 corns, 3 potatoes, and 1 extra long sausage. Choose from 3 flavors: Cajun, garlic butter, or Leo’s Special. I chose Leo’s Special at medium spiciness which was like a fusion of traditional Cajun and Viet Cajun. At medium level, it was easy to eat. I want try the “spicy” level next time for a little extra kick in my mouth. The seafood was cooked perfectly and jammed packed with flavor. This platter was really a treat since it marks the beginning of crawfish season for me. If you’d like to order this dish, bring a friend because It’s definitely enough food for two people.

Since I’m based in the southeast, I am always on the lookout for new restaurants on the southern areas of Houston. Em’s is a wonderful addition to Brazoria County especially since this part of Manvel is still developing. It’s just a short distance away from Pearland Town Center since it’s right at the border of the two cities. Thank you Em’s for having me!


 

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2632 CR 59 Suite A
Manvel, TX 77578

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