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Nobu Finally Sets Its Houston Opening Date

Two Year Wait for Celebrity Sushi Hotspot is Almost Over

BY // 04.09.18

The opening date of one of Houston’s most hotly anticipated restaurants is a mystery no more. World-famous sushi spot Nobu has finally revealed its opening date.

The Houston Nobu is set to open in The Galleria in June, according to an update on its website.

It’ll be sashimi, seaweed and cucumber salad and sea urchin tempura just in time for summer. It’s refreshing news — Houston foodies have been waiting for the acclaimed restaurant since it revealed it was coming to the Bayou City back in June 2016. Nobu is moving into the former Saks space at Galleria VI, next to recently opened Fig & Olive and new Indian restaurant Spice Route.

The upscale Japanese restaurant is known for Nikkei cuisine, celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s blend of traditional Japanese dishes and Peruvian ingredients, like his signature miso black cod, a dish that’s long been imitated at restaurants throughout the country.

There are now nearly 40 Nobu locations across the globe, from the one in New York that started it all, to spots in Europe, Mexico, Asia Pacific and beyond. Lucky locales include places such as Moscow, Mexico City, Honolulu, Budapest, Dubai, Hong Kong and Dallas, which has the only other Texas Nobu. Matsuhisa opened the Dallas location in 2005.

It’s an understatement to say Nobu’s a bit of a New York institution, a place known for its killer sushi as much as celebrity sightings. It all started 30 years ago, thanks to Robert De Niro. Much like Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II, De Niro made the chef an offer he can’t refuse.

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The Oscar-winning actor invited the chef and restaurateur to open a restaurant in Tribeca. The two partnered up and debuted Nobu in 1994 to immediate fanfare.

The Dallas menu offers dishes like rare grilled toro with yuzu miso and jalapeno salsa, seared salmon sashimi with karashi su miso, squid pasta with light garlic sauce and steamed Chilean sea bass with dry miso or black bean garlic sauce.

Nobu is sure to draw foodies from all around Houston. And who knows? Maybe we’ll spot a local celebrity or two. J.J. Watt, Beyonce… we’re looking at you.

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