TheFish Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Houston, TX 77002
This Midtown sushi stop scores high on glam with red mood lighting and above-average fare.
At this hip neighborhood sushi spot, it's mostly hipsters from Midtown lofts and sushi seekers tired of the same downtown haunts. Red lights cast a serene glow on the dark walls, lending a conspiratorial vibe to the intimate tables and booths. Service is casual and chatty.
The Fish goes beyond traditional sushi-bar fare with an assortment of cooked and non-fish Asian fusion items. Miso with clams and miso and avocado make for great starters. Katsu mushrooms are served piping-hot with a crispy-fried crust surrounding a shrimp and mushroom filling. The tenderloin roll features large wedges of supple beef stuffed with avocado or sweet potato and covered with a delicately sugared glaze. At the sushi bar, escolar is porcelain-white and amazingly buttery, while toro is delicate pink. For dessert, try banana tempura with green-tea ice cream--the perfect combo of warm and cold.
The Fish doesn't take reservations, so expect a wait, particularly if you want a coveted window booth. For faster service, sit at the sushi bar.
The raspberry hot sake makes for a nice winter warmer.