Roka Akor in Houston

Upscale sushi and steak restaurant will be newest addition to booming River Oaks scene

Upscale sushi and steak restaurant adds to booming River Oaks scene

Roka Akor steak sushi
This picture from Roka Akor's Chicago location gives some idea of what the restaurant might look like.  Roka Akor Chicago/Facebook
Roka Akor steak sushi
Roka Akor serves high quality wagyu beef. Roka Akor Chicago/Facebook
Roka Akor steak sushi
The restaurant is also known for its carefully prepared sushi. Roka Akor Chicago/Facebook
Roka Akor steak sushi
Roka Akor steak sushi
Roka Akor steak sushi

Another out-of-town restaurant group has plans for Houston. Roka Akor, a steak, sushi and robata restaurant with locations in Scottsdale, Chicago and San Francisco, will be the first restaurant tenant at the newly constructed residential tower at 2929 Wesleyan, according to an announcement from PM Realty Group

"Roka Akor will be a great complement to the amenities at 2929 Weslayan as we create the perfect feeling of home and luxury living environment," said PM Realty Group president of investments Wm. Roger Gregory, in a statement.  "We will continue looking for ways to enhance our residents' experience through retail tenants, property events and amenities."

At 6,951-square feet, the restaurant will be a substantial addition to the area. For those unfamiliar with the restaurant, Roka Akor has earned praise in all three cities it inhabits. In a two-and-a-half star review for the San Francisco Chronicle, restaurant critic Michael Bauer praised Roka Akor's omakase dinner that blends all three aspects of the restaurant's cuisine. He cited uni served with lime and chicharrones, wagyu steak and miso-glazed cod as particular highlights.

The restaurant plans to open in the fall of 2016.

With both State of Grace and SaltAir Seafood Kitchen opening to rave reviews and six restaurants coming to River Oaks District (including Austin-based burger chain Hopdoddy), dining in the area around River Oaks has suddenly gotten a lot more interesting. If Roka Akor maintains the standards it has set in other parts of the country, it will be another welcome addition.   

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