Per Allison Cook's Review:
Chris Kinjo sounds like a very methodical and deliberate Chef who cares very much about the presentation and flavour of his cuisine. His story is very much something fellow restaurateur Gary Adair has said about the Houston Restaurant market: Houston is a good place to start up, to start over and it is forgiving of failures and gives you a chance to try again. Remembering various types of Makimono and Sashimi from the visit there back in the later mid 2000s, I feel this is definitely worth investigating further.
MF SUSHI Sushi master Chris Kinjo eased into town with no fanfare, hoping to start over again after financial reversals cost him his well-regarded Atlanta mini-empire. Sit at his sleek new Galleria-area sushi bar for a chef’s-choice omakase tasting and you’ll be glad he chose to re-make his fortune here. His style tends to the classic, and his sushi rice alone is near-miraculous: ever so lightly pinched and fluffed instead of pressed, so that each sticky grain barely touches the next.
View from my Table; Chris Kinjo working with Sushi Bar Staff
|Akitabare Koshiki Junzukuri Jumai Sake|
I was very promptly greeted and seated in this low key yet elegant Sushi Bistro. The servers suggested several different Sakes, I went with Junmai Sake Akitabare Koshiki Junzukuri (Northern Skies) is a pleasingly dry, well-crafted sake much appreciated by connoisseurs. It has just enough body to support the spare lines of its structure, making it the kind of sake one can drink enjoyably for hours at a stretch. Its subdued, understated refinement evokes a sense of the northern province where it is meticulously brewed. I found that it had a bit of a Melon Essence, was slightly dry and was delicious served chilled. Nice job, MF Sushi!
|House Ginger Salad|
|Spicy Salmon appetizer with yushukosho ponzu sauce|
I next selected a spicy salmon appetizer with yuzukosho ponzu sauce. This was a very nice dish--well marbled cuts of salmon, in an umami and sweet hot sauce, with greens, a radish slice and other crunchy accouterments. It was magnificent, and though I wished I had a larger portion, I know that with sushi and sashimi the objective is to enjoy several small plates of different tastes rather than a large plate of a few. Moving on!!!
|Tekka Maki Roll|
Ara also recommended I try the Tekka Maki tuna roll. This is a traditional seaweed wrap tuna roll. Served with wasabi, pickled white ginger and brewed soy sauce. You're served 6 pieces traditionally plated. The fish was cool, fresh and delicious. This is a nice traditional Makimono and again, another good call from Ara.
|Dark Meat Yakitori|
At this point I was starting to feel like I'd had a sufficiency, but did try a dark meat yakitori chicken from the Robata just to see how it was. Just like everything else I'd had, it was well prepared and seasoned, served properly and promptly and was the final dish I had in this wonderful meal. Excellent job, Chris Kinjo and MF Sushi. I loved the meal, the service was great and your restaurant may be low key, but it has a great atmosphere.
Report Card for MF Sushi:
Food and Beverage:
|The Bar at MF Sushi|
House Ginger Salad: A
Spicy Salmon Appetizer: A+
Tekka Maki: A
Hokkaido Scallops: A+
Dark Meat Yakitori: A
Dining Area/Sushi Bar/Bar: A+
Men's Room: Incomplete
Atmosphere: Modern, Elegant, Sushi with Earth Tones, Open Spaces: A
Overall Grade: A
MF Sushi Houston is located at:
5887 Westehimer Rd. Suite K
(At Fountainview, Southwest Corner,
in small strip centre in front of Wings N Things)
Houston, TX 77057
Mon-Fri: 11:30 AM -2 PM
Mon-Thurs: 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Fri-Sat: 5:30 PM - 11:30 PM
And Remember to Eat Happy, Y'all!!!