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Izakaya sets opening

Sneak peek: Eagerly anticipated Midtown restaurant sets opening date and reveals menu

By Eric Sandler

One of Houston's most eagerly anticipated restaurants has finally set an opening date. Izakaya, the "drinks-first" concept from Kata Robata owners The Azuma Group, is now acc ...


This Week's Hot Headlines

Sculptor's tragic death, best sushi restaurants and new Sugar Land eatery lead this week's top stories

By Elizabeth Rhodes

Editor’s note: It's time to recap the most popular stories on CultureMap from this past week: 1. Jesús Moroles, creator of beloved Houston granite sculpture, is kille ...


Houston's Best Sushi

Houston's 10 best sushi restaurants: One stands above the rest, but lots of fine choices abound

By Eric Sandler

Houston doesn't lack for sushi restaurants. Of course, that's true for most cuisines in this bustling city, but determining what's best presents a bit of a problem.  First, Kat ...


Previewing Izakaya

Sneak peek: Cocktails at hot new Izakaya focus on Japanese whisky and speedy service

By Eric Sandler

For being one of the summer's most anticipated openings, little has been revealed about Izakaya, the Midtown bar and restaurant from Kata Robata owners the Azuma Group. Beyond that former Haven ...


Tastemakers Best Restaurants

Houston's Best Restaurants: These 7 eateries lead city's dining scene to greatness

By Eric Sandler

The final category reveal in the CultureMap Houston Tastemaker Awards 2015 is the most prestigious of all: Restaurant of the Year. As selected by our panel of industry insiders, these are the seven ...


Tastemakers 2015

Houston's top chefs: Meet 7 kitchen masters who make dining out in the Bayou City special

By Eric Sandler

Time now to consider the CultureMap Houston Tastemaker Awards Chef of the Year nominees. These are the men and women who lead some of the city's most dynamic kitchens. Collectively, they've ...


Restaurant Feud Puzzles

Foodie feud: New Sugar Land restaurant copies Kata Robata's menu, claims it's a weird "accident"

By Eric Sandler

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Kata Robata chef Manabu Horiuchi ought to feel very flattered indeed. At least, that certainly seems to be what's going on with Mochi S ...


Food Events

You'll squeal over this event: Top chefs vie to create best dish from a whole suckling pig

By Eric Sandler

Go Pig! or Go Home! returns for its third year Sunday at Kata Robata. While ranking Houston's various chef competitions is always tricky, Go Pig is one of the best, thanks to the sheer quantity ...


Midtown Japanese Boom

Growing Houston restaurant empire stakes Japanese claim to Midtown with "drink first" concept

By Eric Sandler

Ever since Farrago World Cuisine suddenly closed in July, restaurant industry insiders and diners have speculated about what would replace it. Last week, the Azuma Group, owners of Japanese restaur ...


"Go Pig! Or Go Home!" Suckling Pig Throwdown benefiting Last Organic Outpost

Kata Robata

Bringing back an elite cast of Texas top chefs, "Go Pig! Or Go Home!" is a team-driven competition in which chefs prepare a whole suckling pig in hopes of being named Houston's Pig Th


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