Uptown Sushi is back. The popular Galleria-area restaurant that closed in September to undergo a comprehensive interior renovation has now reopened its doors, the restaurant announced.
“After over 15 years of serving our inventive cuisine, we were inspired to redesign our restaurant to reflect the renovations at Uptown Park,” co-owner Peggy Chang said in a statement “The end result is a space that is timeless, yet fresh and reflects our flavorful Japanese-fusion and sushi cuisine in the center of uptown Houston.”
The restaurant's stated goal for the renovations is to create a "modern, yet warm ambiance." It achieved those ends with an open-concept that features brighter colors and more natural light. Graphics on the walls provide eye-catching details, while plush seating makes it easy to linger over a second bottle of sake.
Along with the new look comes a new menu from chef Donald Chang. Even familiar dishes have been tweaked during the downtime, and the chefs plan to roll out additional items in the meantime. Uptown Sushi has always been known for its fusion flavors as demonstrated by dishes that include freshwater eel nigiri topped with mango cheesecake, truffle tuna cold appetizer, and "Kobe" beef cubes with quail egg.
When Uptown Sushi opened 15 years ago, it became one of the city's first upscale options. Since that time, Houstonians have become more sophisticated about their sushi choices, and a number of new restaurants have opened, including the arrival last year of global sushi juggernaut Nobu. The renovations are designed to keep the restaurant relevant for a new generation of diners.
Uptown Sushi's renovations are just the latest in a series of changes at Uptown Park. The shopping center recently renovated its public spaces with new walkways, wifi, and other improvements. Last year, it welcomed the arrival of healthy eating restaurant Flower Child. This summer, California-based sandwich shop Mendocino Farms will open in the complex.
Uptown Sushi; 1131 Uptown Park Blvd.; 713-871-1200; Monday to Thursday, 11 am to 11 pm, Friday, 11 am to 12 am, Saturday 12 pm to 12 am, Sunday 5 pm to 10 pm.