Cafe Kubo’s

March 5, 2011

January 5, 2011 | More ramen!  Yes, the day after I went to Umai’s, I visited Cafe Kubo’s in Chinatown for more ramen.  We ordered the tonkatsu ramen and the shoyu ramen.

I thought they were both pretty good but I’ve  been told that it’s better at Nippon, where the broth is thicker.  And I love noodle soups, so you can bet I’m going to try the ramen at Nippon!

Cafe Kubo’s
9889 Bellaire Blvd
Suite 234
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 995-4200

Umai Japanese Restaurant

March 5, 2011

January 4, 2011 | I’m no connoisseur when it comes to Japanese ramen but I have had the opportunity to try the Japanese ramen while I was in Hawaii a few years ago, so I have some idea of what it’s ‘supposed to’ taste like. I’ve heard that Houston doesn’t have a place with really good Japanese ramen and I decided I wanted to find out for myself. Thus, my primary goal of eating at Umai Japanese Restaurant was to try their tonkatsu ramen.

The broth wasn’t nearly as thick as the broth I tried in Hawaii, but I thought it was good. Then again, I’m a lover of noodle soups and as long as the noodles are cooked properly and the soup is flavorful, I’m happy! What I did notice is that it wasn’t very busy at all– there was maybe 1-2 other tables there the whole time we were there.

I’ve still got a few other ramen places to try so we’ll see how they compare…

Umai Japanese Restaurant
8400 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 750-9222

Hokkaido

July 28, 2009

June 14, 2009 | Yay, Hokkaido!  I’ve written about this place plenty of times.  We, again, ordered the chirashi.  We also got nigiri sushi – salmon, yellowtail, tuna, and eel.

In case you haven’t read any of those entries, Hokkaido is awesome because it’s counter service (so tip isn’t really necessary), and it comes with free miso soup and red bean soup!  Self-service, of course.  Oh yeah, and the rice is perfect, salmon is nice and fatty. *drool*  =)