Archive for March, 2013

Houston Sushi: Kata Robata (Mar. 2013)

March 23, 2013 2 comments

Author: Victor
Restaurant: Kata Robata
Exec Chef: Manabu Horiuchi

Date: March 22, 2013


Kata Robata is the second Japanese restaurant that I was looking to check out in Houston. (The first was Uchi.) The menu has some fantastic and exciting options. There were lots of different flavor combinations that I wanted to try out, so I ended up ordering a massive amount of food… once again haha.

This is definitely a restaurant that I’d go back to again, if only to check out the hot and cold dishes. The sushi was about average, and I don’t think I’d come back for the sushi (either the rolls or the nigiri), especially when I can just go to Uchi. Instead, check out the hot dishes, cold dishes, and the robata items!

The lighting for the tables at the restaurant was horrible, so a lot of the pics aren’t great. I used a flashlight app on my friend’s iPhone as background lighting for some of them. I guess the restaurant is meant to be all classy and romantic haha.

Click here to see pictures of the meal.

Houston: Pappas Bros. Steakhouse (Mar. 2013)

March 22, 2013 3 comments

Author: Victor
Restaurant: Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Owners: Chris and Harris Pappas
Exec Chef: Michael Velardi

Date: March 21, 2013


I wanted to get steak at least once for my short stay in Houston, and my friend suggested Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. It IS a chain restaurant (with another branch in Dallas), but my friend said that they had excellent steaks, so we tried it anyway.

The steaks were really well-cooked, and the meat was tender and flavorful. The appetizers and dessert were what stood out to me, though. They were much more creative than I expected and every bit as delicious as I was hoping they would be!

Click here to see pictures of the meal!

New Orleans: Emeril’s (Mar. 2013)

March 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Author: Victor and Monte
Restaurant: Emeril’s New Orleans
Owner: Emeril Lagasse
Chef de Cuisine: David Slater

Date: March 18, 2013

Monte’s Notes:

I love Emeril Lagasse. When I was 14, I’d flip on the Food Network to watch this jolly chef on television teach people how to cook and demonstrate how fun food can be. He was the first celebrity chef to introduce me to cooking. I’m glad we were able to stop by this restaurant and try the fantastic food.

To note, Emeril has done a lot of great work for the city of New Orleans, especially after Katrina. I remember watching No Reservations and Emeril’s appearance on it included a quote ” It’s easy to leave. It’s not so easy to stay and rebuild it. That’s what we’re doing.” This restaurant was one of the first to open after the hurricane and Emeril helped fundraise a lot of money to rebuild the city. The chef recently won the James Beard award for Humanitarian of the Year for his foundation that helps struggling youths find career opportunities in the culinary industry. More about it can be read here.

Victor’s Notes:

Monte and I planned on eating a lot today, so we came prepared to order quite a few appetizers and entrées. I ordered everything listed below and got “both salmons”, which the waitress thought meant two barbecue-glazed salmon dishes. (I meant that I wanted one order of the barbecue-glazed salmon and one order of the salmon pastrami.) Anyway, the waitress kept on telling us that it would be a lot of food and that we wouldn’t be able to finish it. Naturally, I took this as a challenge and ordered everything anyway, deciding that we would also eventually order dessert as a matter of principle hahaha.

When the entrées came, we had two barbecue-glazed salmon courses instead of one barbecue-glazed salmon and one salmon pastrami. I started to tell the waitress about the misunderstanding, and her initial response was to smirk and say, “You guys wanted all this, right?” She totally wanted to prove us wrong.

Of course we wanted a lot of food! We explained the misunderstanding, however, and she promptly replaced one of the barbecue-glazed salmon dishes with a salmon pastrami one. Of course, we finished everything…. very quickly. The food was just so dang good! After finishing all the entrées, we made sure to make a point out of ordering dessert hahaha. Quite a few staff members came around and told us that they were impressed with how much we could eat.

It makes me wonder, though. We really didn’t eat THAT much food. I guess people in New Orleans just don’t eat as much? I don’t think people in NYC would have batted an eye at the amount we ordered… Hmm.

This was a GREAT lunch to start the day. It was one of my favorite meals in March. The food was great, the service was good, and we left our mark. SUCCESS!

1 Inside

We sat near an open view of the kitchen, which was surprisingly calm and quiet.

Click here to see pictures of the EXCELLENT meal!