Houston’s newest sushi restaurant has appeared in Heights. Blue Sushi Sake Grill Opened its doors on the MKT Heights mixed-use development (600 N Shepherd Dr., Suite 500)
Part of the Omaha-based Flagship Restaurant Group, Blue Sushi serves a wide range of sushi (nigiri and maki), sashimi, and prepared dishes ranging from grilled foods to shareable hot and cold dishes. It can be paired with a wide variety of wine, beer, sake and cocktails.
Open for lunch and dinner daily, the restaurant differentiates itself from other sushi restaurants by participating in the Monterey Bay Aquarium: a seafood monitoring program to ensure that all the fish it serves are responsibly caught and/or humanely farmed. Menus provide sourcing information for all seafood items served in the restaurant.
These ingredients form the basis of a wide variety of seafood-based dishes such as: coconut crab soup with roasted corn, sweet potatoes, yellow curry, coconut milk, coriander and chili oil; ceviche made with tilapia, white shrimp, lemon juice, cucumber, cherry tomato, avocado, cilantro, sweet onion, jalapeno salsa, wonton flakes, togarashi, and chili oil; and nigiri and sashimi dishes like “everything smoked salmon” (smoked salmon served over cream cheese stuffed tempura rice) and madai chimichurri (red sea bream topped with cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, aji rokoto, olive oil, maracon almonds, maldon sea salt and chino chimichurri sauce).
Blue Sushi also offers over 18 vegetarian items including maki rolls and a selection of nigiri specialties like seaweed caviar and Unami BBQ eggplant eel.
Although the Flagship group of restaurants hails from Nebraska, they have connections to Houston. Co-founders Tony Gentile and Anthony Hitchcock attend the Conrad N. Hilton School of Global Hospitality Leadership at the University of Houston. Prior to founding Flagship with their business partners, Gentile and Hitchcock opened a Houston grocery store in Central Market.
“We are very excited to be part of the Houston community and the MKT Heights family! We may have Blue Sushi Sake Grill locations in 17 other destinations across the country, but each location is equally special to our company, Flagship Restaurant,” CEO Nick Hogan said in a statement. Group.” “This opening will be particularly poignant, as two of our co-owners have met in Houston over 20 years ago and we have so much history in common in this city. We are passionate about sustainability and deliver an impactful dining experience to our guests, so we are excited to be part of a destination that has the same passion as ours for responsible culinary, beverage and practices.”