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The Women’s Home YP Happy Hour at Fish & The Knife

Joanna Podsiadlik, Nicole Brende, Laura Cernock, Lori Freese
Joanna Podsiadlik, Nicole Brende, Laura Cernock, Lori Freese

I love to party with a purpose but in this town I could run out of money to donate with so many events!  A charity I have chosen to invest my efforts in is The Women’s Home here in Houston.(www.thewomenshome.org).  I love their organization, the people they support, and they always know how to put on wonderful themed events.  Yesterday I attended their young professionals happy hour showcasing the grand opening of one of Houston’s hottest sushi spots Fish & The Knife.  I knew it was going to be a great night to see cars lined up in valet, people walking the red carpet in their finest fare, being greeted with passed appetizers and cocktails.  This 13,000 square foot space is sprawling, featuring multiple distinct areas to drink, dine, and to lounge.  It is upscale and the design is brilliant with its textures and treatments. Word on the street it cost between $6-8 million to complete this project.

twh-foodonspoonsI will have to make a second trip back to truly indulge into the cuisine.  They say this place is contemporary serving up a combination of New American, sushi, cocktails galore and in a super spacious setting.  The menu is the work of executive chef Bob Iacovone, who works with executive sushi chef David Kim.

On the menu:  chicken and andouille pot pie, Louisiana barbecue shrimp, speckled trout with crabmeat, cream cheese-stuffed crab cakes with pickled tomato green salad,  miso-marinated black cod with cauliflower purée, grilled kobe flank steak with tempura vegetables, grilled lamb T-bone with roasted vegetables and potato hash,  sweet soy-glazed beef short rib with wasabi cream and sugar cane smoked duck breast with duck confit spring roll served with spaghetti squash with a honey mustard glaze.

twh-sushiwaitressBeautiful sushi choices include yellowtail with jalapeño salsa and citrus sauce; albacore tuna carpaccio with garlic chips and ponzu; Japanese snapper with yuzu truffle vinaigrette; and seared tuna sashimi with chili sauce and masago. The Westheimer Roll features shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, masago and tempura flakes; the Houston Roll is made with snow crab, avocado, spicy salmon and mango. There are even nods to Iacovone’s Crescent City in the Jazz Roll (spicy tuna, avocado, eel and wasabi tobiko) and the New Orleans Roll (crawfish, avocado, snow crab, spicy tuna and wasabi tobiko).

Ok I am now hungry just writing this article!  Fish & the Knife is located in the greater Galleria area at 7801 Westheimer, 713-677-0220.  Maybe I will see you there? (Photos provided by the amazing and oh-so talented Quy Tran).

Nicole Brende, Lissa Goldsmith, Joanna Podsiadlik
Nicole Brende, Lissa Goldsmith, Joanna Podsiadlik




Nicole Brende & Chau Nguyen
Nicole Brende & Chau Nguyen
"Trende Brende" & the "High Tech Texan"
“Trende Brende” & the “High Tech Texan”






New at West Ave: Nara restaurant

Dear Friends,
It’s time to share with you a new Houston Hot Spot!  Making its grand debut to all Houstonians TODAY, make your way to Nara Restaurant nara3at West Ave off Kirby.  To best describe this place, it’s Korean cuisine with a side order of Japanese flair!  From the moment you walk in the door think “zen”.  You are welcomed with a gorgeous replica of a willow tree (or some kind of cool tree), a lit up bar/lounge, then the restaurant presents its main attraction with sushi chefs in the middle of the mix.  Martha Turner Properties was invited to a“Friends and Family” exclusive preview night,  so we were able to indulge early, sample amply, and be able to share this sumptuous experience with You!

A quick tidbit about the Chef/Owner Donald Chang, he is a native South Korean who has lived in Houston for more than 35 years! He has been linked to acclaimed sushi joints including Uptown Sushi and Bluefin.  Nara’s original establishment opened its doors in 1996.  Now inner-loopers get their turn.

Now, on to my menu favorites to date:  Tasty Bites try the dumplings, jellyfish salad, tuna tartare, and the oxtail rice cake.  In Comfort & Classics try the bibimbap which includes crispy pork belly and a sunny side quail egg.  Or, the ocean medley bibimbap includes king crab, seared yellow fin sashimi, and prawns. In the Steamed Buns category, how about prime rib-eye bulgogi, the spicy pig, or peppercorn tuna.  And of course the Japanese influence offers a complete sushi roll and sashimi menu.  One last tip, save room for dessert!! From bacon cookies, to tiramisu, to ice cream, it is far from ordinary.

Are you hungry now?  Let me know what you think and maybe I will see you there?  For more information check out www.NaraHouston.com.

Until next time,
Nicole Brende a.k.a. “Trende Brende”