Nabi is located at 1517 Westheimer, tucked right next to Bambolino's Pizza by the Slice. The interior has the look of a Spartan Industrial Hip restaurant, with wide open spaces where you can see the bar, the kitchen and service area easily from just about any booth or table inside. The interior is also blended with various touches that suggest Asia, Texas, the University of Texas at Austin and other such places.
|(l to r) Janie Kang, Rachel Kim, Isabel Cho of NABI|
Rachel Kim, Isabel Cho and Janie Kang of Nabi were greeting the guests and happily answering questions as well as answering questions about the menu and other attributes of the restaurant. These three young women are very social media savvy, which was reflected in that the house was quite full of Houston Food bloggers and a couple of reporters from Fox 26. The crowd also included scores of folks from young 20 something hipsters to 20 something business types and folks older than me from the neighborhood. A typical diverse Houston bunch doing one of the things Houstonians love best: eating great food!!!
The announced Menu and descriptions were:
I had a chance to try some of all of this glorious TexAsian Fusion and was very impressed with the food quality, presentation and flavour. So, here is a breakdown of my thoughts on each sample dish that was offered:
Whole roasted suckling pig: This was the big dish--very well seasoned with veggies laid out, skin was chewy, all the various parts of this little piggy were very tender, juicy, sweet, meaty and full of flavour. It reminded me a bit of roast pig I'd had at a Filipino Christmas party, but since it was a suckling pig, it was way more tender and juicy.
Hippie Roll: This was a nice veggie roll with fresh avocado that was cool and creamy. The diakon salad was a bit savoury, had nice crispness and worked well with the other ingredients.
|Braised Brisket Potsticker|
|Fried Chicken Skewer|
|Assortment of items:|
Fish Tako, T3 Roll, Tuna Pizza
T3 Roll: Three different types of Tuna served with cucumber and avocado, in a seaweed wrap. While it might be the tamer of the dishes served that evening, it would satisfy your average sushi eater looking for something familiar to nosh on before eating the main dish.
Since this was a grand opening, it would not be proper to do my usual Foodie Professor Report Card. However, as an "Individual Assignment" Rachel Kim, Isabel Cho and Janie Kang earn a solid A+ on Nabi's Grand Opening. I seriously advise all my Houston area readers to drop by and give their TexAsian cuisine a serious try. I will be visiting again after they've been open a month or two in order to give them a proper review.
1517 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
Zao an, Y'all!!!