Already home to establishments like cream puff purveyor Beard Papa's, Malaysian restaurant Phat Eatery, and a H-Mart grocery store, the Katy Asian Town shopping center has quickly emerged as one of the Houston area's hottest new dining destinations — and that's before Mala Sichuan opens.
Soon, a Brooklyn-by-way-of-Japan crepe restaurant will arrive that could have Houston's hard core foodies making another drive to I-10 and the Grand Parkway. Eight Turn Crepe will open in the shopping center this March, owner Jennifer Bui tells CultureMap. She and her husband Huylong Nguyen operated a frozen yogurt shop in New York prior to moving to Houston and deciding to open Texas' first Eight Turn Crepe.
Known for its creative sweet and savory fillings, Eight Turn has been a hit in Brooklyn's DeKalb Market food hall. The menu includes both variations of traditional French filings such as strawberry-banana as well as Asian-inspired twists like seaweed-sesame. Since the crepe base uses rice flour, it's gluten-free.
"We fill our crêpes with dreamy ingredients in just the right proportions: ripe avocado, plump shrimp, smoky pork, fluffy eggs, whipped yogurt, and summer fresh fruit," Bui writes in an email. "We say no to mayo... whetting your kisser instead with a savory, light-as-air tofu sauce."
In addition to crepes, the cafe will serve salads, gelato, and a full range of espresso beverages.
"We love Japanese crepes because they're beautiful and delicious," Bui adds. "We believe Houstonians will love them for the same reasons."