Houston >Food & Dining > Sasaki Japanese Restaurant
8979 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX | Directions 7706329.737121 -95.521952
Neighborhoods: Westside, Woodlake/ Briar Meadow
The real deal – If you want to eat sushi in an authentic sushi restaurant, this is the place. Don't come here if you are looking for the Miyako/Cafe Japon americanized sushi (read: the exploding cajun cowboy crazy dragon roll covered in mayonnaise). This is fresh sushi done right by a (gasp) Japanese sushi chef. I love the chirashi with a couple of pieces of hotate on the side. As the chef gets to know you he will begin to customize for you when you come in - a mark of a true sushi chef. The rice is sticky with that slightest hint of sweet. This is the Japanese restaurant where you will find the most Japanese people eating, whether local residents or traveling visitors. My favorite, by far.
Great, authentic food – Great food! It's been in the same location for over twenty years; we've been going the whole time! I used to live in Japan and love to go here. I recommend the Japanese menu actually, though, if you are adventurous and like authentic food. It is written in Japanese calligraphy and changes daily. It is not inexpensive but the food is really good.
Lunch is much more economical. I recommend the Sasaki lunch if you go at lunch.
Beware of MSG – We ate here for dinner one evening and the food was excellent, but the next day we both woke up with a major headache and that could only mean one thing... MSG
Have been going for years, will continue for years – This is just an amazing restaurant. The hot food is wonderful, the sushi is the best in town. They always fawn all over our kids, and give them special treatment, bringing them little dishes and little tiny forks and spoons. You never feel like they resent your kids being there, even if the child is having a moment. Its a great family restaurant without being fast-food or a chain. Now that they are non-smoking, it is a extra nice meal.
Japanisimo!!! – If you have not been to Japan and tasted what original Japanese food actually taste like, you will not understand this place...go to Blue Fish House, The Fish, Uptown Sushi or Azuma instead for good American style Japanese food that you will greatly enjoy. Sasaki is the closest thing you will come to eating in a trditional neighbourhood Japanese restaurant where you will get absolutely nothing but the freshest, best cut, high quality ingredients. It is a blessing to have places like this in Houston.
Best Japanese hot dishes in town – Great curry udon that not many Japanese restaurants have it. A must try.
The Grilled Fresh Water Eel with Rice is fabulous. The eel was so fat and creamy. It melted in your mouth.
All servers were Japanese. They are very polite but with limited English.
If you are Japanese, you will like it. – Yes...if you are Japanese, you will like it. Great Nimono, Yakko, Ramen (a must!).If you are not, and are looking for "strange" sushi/sushi-roll, this is not...As a Japanese, this is THE place in Houston.
As close to Real as you'll get in Houston – Ask me.. I lived in Japan for years. If you want glitz and attitude go elsewhere but if you know your Sushi you'll know the quality at Sasaki is consistently fresh. The service is stretched at times but this is a place for relaxed conversation. So relax and everything will get to you in a reasonable time frame. We're not talking fast food, huge quantities teaxs style sushi. This one is for the purists.
Worst Japanaese restaurant – My wife and I went there for dinner because we love Japanese food and like to try different places. I ordered a combination sashimi to start with. When the server brought it out, I was in awe because I never seen such poor quality and selection in any Japanese restaurant I had been in before. The sashimi was warm and the selection of fish was ridiculous for the price that they were charging. I was so disgusted that I just paid the bill and left without finishing half of it and went to Cafe Japon down the street.
1 For 2 – One of the best quality Japanese restaurants in town. Great sushi chef. However, sushi portion is 1 for 2, NOT 2 for 1. Extremely low dollar value for the price, even though their price is not the highest.
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