Whether you are a native Houstonian or simply passing through, if you are looking for a slice of delicious (food and atmosphere, that is), make it a point to stop by Kata Robata in the Upper Kirby district.
There is only one word to sum up the visual and gastro experience at Kata Robata and that is: butta. Located on the corner of Kirby and Richmond Ave., Kata Robata is sexy, chic, and all kinds of right. Taking one step inside the restaurant, the decor welcomes each patron with warmth, clean lines, and gorgeous yellow tones.
Stop by the small but functional bar and order from an array of interesting and refreshing cocktails, some of which blend freshly pureed fruit with whiskey, rum, or gin for a surprise. Although there is ample seating at the front of the restaurant, make sure to reserve a seat at the sushi bar to witness the true magic.
Friendly and utterly skilled, the sushi chefs provide a show of their own. Masterfully moving throughout the preparation area, the chefs are never too busy to stop and explain their moves and motives while you dine. Sitting at the sushi bar will allow patrons to not only witness the artistry of the chefs, but to also become captivated by the beauty of the fresh items prior to preparation. Supple scallops and buttery fish adorn the bar area enticing patrons to allow their curiosity to take over when ordering.
Staples like the peppercorn salmon and tuna are enough to whet your palette before becoming adventurous. While the unagi (fresh water eel) is some of the best in town, the anago (salt water eel) is unagi on steroids. It's so unexpectedly fresh, warm and flavorful that you run the risk of ruining the taste by adding wasabi or soy. In short, it's like butter.
Sushi virgins looking to step outside their comfort zones are also catered to here. Items like the Sexy Scallop roll and the Texas Hamachi roll provide enough of the familiar and unfamiliar to satisfy any palette.
You are guaranteed to have an experience when you visit this place. Bring your appetite and your sense of wonder when you stop by. Knowledgable chefs and wait staff will do all the explaining for you, but let your taste buds and imagination lead the way.