It's a question a lot of foodies get, "What's your favorite restaurant?"
For Houston food blogger Mai Pham, the answer is Kata Robata. The upscale sushi/Japanese restaurant in Upper Kirby delights its customers.
"It's my favorite restaurant, and my favorite sushi restaurant, in Houston," Pham said.
And many others agree. Kata Robata routinely ranks high on various lists of top restaurants in Houston.
Pham recently sat down with Executive Chef Manabu Horiuchi, known to most as simply Chef Hori, to talk about what makes Kata Robata stand out.
"One of the things that I love about Kata Robata is how fresh the fish is. How do you get such high quality product?" Pham asked Chef Hori.
"We bring in our fish from Japan, from the Mediterranean, from Alaska, and from local fishermen," Chef Hori said. "We have special relationships with vendors and with fishermen in Japan. That's our secret".
A special experience at Kata Robata is to order "omakase", which translates to "trust the chef". Give Chef Hori some parameters and then trust him to put together a special plate of his choosing for your meal.
Despite the emphasis on sushi, the name of the restaurant actually refers to a Japanese grill. And the robata grill at Kata Robata turns out some incredible dishes as well.
Under the watchful eye of chef de cuisine Mark Gabriel Medina, the robata grilled up a smoky and savory dish of Texas Wagu beef that Pham said was incredible.
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