Kanau Sushi shines with high quality fresh catches and a chic modern design

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Courtesy of Kanau Sushi

By Shiyu Miao 2/2/21 21:44

Fancy some Japanese cuisine and want to try something new? Sushi Kanau, an addition to Houston’s long list of sushi restaurants, debuted on Jan. 14. The restaurant is located at 2850 Fannin St # 400, at Drewery Place in Midtown, and offers top notch sushi with great service and a relaxing environment.

Kanau Sushi’s minimalist and modern interior design caught my eye as soon as I walked in. The dining room features wooden furniture, beautifully paved black tile floors, and woven ceiling lights, creating a warm atmosphere. Soft background music and flameless candles make the room cozy to enjoy a good meal. It also has an open kitchen-style sushi bar, where guests can directly observe fish cutting and sushi preparation, as well as a bar.

Kanau Sushi offers traditional and creative sushi rolls. Choices include maki (fish, sushi rice, and seaweed vegetable roll) and nigiri (thin slice of raw fish layered over sushi rice). If all you fancy is raw fish but no rice, sashimi (thin cuts of raw fish) is also served here, with choices including salmon, tuna, red snapper, and even sea urchins. I chose a sake nigiri (salmon) and an amaebi nigiri (sweet shrimp), two fresh choices with a delicate seasoning. Kanau Sushi Rice is neither too loose nor too sticky and is seasoned with vinegar and sugar in the right proportions, which strikes a balance between sweet and tangy. The raw seafood was also noteworthy, with salmon melting in your mouth and some of the best sweet shrimp I have ever tasted. As a bonus, the chef fried the shrimp head and served it as a crispy and delicious side dish.



Besides sushi, the restaurant offers a variety of fresh and hot starters, also a mix of traditional and modern. Popular choices include Scarlet Moon, which is a sliced ​​amberjack with a yuzu chili vinaigrette. Poke Tacos is another popular choice, made with fresh diced tuna in a poke sauce. I ordered a fried ika, or fried calamari rings, which was crispy on the outside but tender on the inside. The bartenders also offer a wide selection of alcohols, from red to bubbles and of course sake.

Finally, Kanau Sushi offers special occasions to taste their finest gifts from the sea. With the “Bluefin Tuna Tasting”, customers can try three pieces of different parts of a tuna. Another chef’s selection to try is ‘Uni flight’, which features sea urchins from three different regions. Kanau restaurant also launched “Omakase”, a special meal meaning “Leave it to the chef”. For those who book a week in advance, the chef will prepare a multi-course meal with the finest and freshest ingredients available.

Kanau Sushi is open for dinner during dinner hours through reservations, and curbside pickup is available. Lunch service open in summer 2021.



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