Houston, Texas has become one of the most food-centric cities in the nation.
You’d be hard pressed to find a city where meals prepared by James Beard Award-winning chefs and fine dining restaurants coexist harmoniously with ethnic restaurants and a robust food truck scene. Much to the enjoyment of pretty much everyone, a good meal can be found anywhere in Houston.
Roka Akor, a premier Japanese steakhouse, sushi and seafood restaurant, has taken the competitive restaurant landscape in Houston and made it their goal to always be a step ahead of the rest of the crowded field.
Not only is Roka Akor Michelin Guide-recommended, it is one of the few restaurants in Texas to offer certified Japanese wagyu. And, it has been named one of the Top 10 Sushi Spots in the U.S. by Bon Appétit. If that isn’t enough to get you to make a reservation, we put together a list of three reasons why you should be eating at Roka Akor right now.
1. Wagyu Beef
What’s the best wagyu beef dish at Roka Akor? That’s actually a trick question, because they are all remarkably delicious. So tender and full of flavor, it is easy to taste why the restaurant prides itself on this menu staple. The Wagyu Beef and Kimchi Dumplings are the perfect way to start a meal. Served on a small plate looking fat, sassy, and begging to be dipped into soy sauce, they are just the right amount of savor and spice.
2. Chef’s Selection of Sashimi
Roka Akor makes the tough decision of what to order easy by letting the chef do the hard work for you. The Chef’s Selection of Sashimi comes with five different kinds of sashimi served over ice in a beautifully decorative bowl. The pieces are thin and small enough that you get to taste different kinds of fish without being overpowered by the various flavors.
3. Beverage Menu
Whether you are in the mood for a cocktail, wine or sake, Roka Akor has an extensive beverage menu that will please even the most discerning guest. Roka Akor is also one of the few restaurants in Houston to serve a wide variety of shochu (sake’s funky cousin). Made from fermented grains and starches, it is perfect served on the rocks or as an infusion.
Cover photo Jack Johnson
Gabi De la Rosa lives in Houston with her husband and three children. You can usually find her at a great local restaurant or out exploring HTX with her family. Visit her on Instagram @gabioftheroses_htx