In and Out

The Opening & Closing of the Week: Oct. 24-30

Seafood lovers, listen up.

By Katharine Shilcutt October 30, 2015

Oka sushi v22es0

Among the offerings at the new Oka: an Akaushi beef sampler and giant clam.

Image: Courtesy Oka

While last week saw a slew of high-profile debuts, this week has been equally busy, albeit with more low-key projects opening their doors across town. But first, say adios to La Fisheria: the seafood restaurant on Inker St. near the Heights is closing tomorrow, Oct. 31, but that's not the last you'll see of chef Aquiles Chavez. La Fisheria is reopening downtown at 213 Milam St., a move that was first announced this past August.

The new location next door to the downtown Barnaby's places La Fisheria directly adjacent to all of the bustling activity around Market Square Park. The addition of La Fisheria also marks the end of 213 Milam's legacy as a nightclub—first as Club Paesano's in 2001, then later as Shadow Bar between 2007 and 2011, then a double-hitter of two gay bars in a row: Eagle (which has since relocated to the old 611 in Montrose) and Club XL, which hosted everything from Gritsy nights to White Girl Wasted Wednesdays. Makes you wonder which restaurant will inevitably take over Toc Bar one day...

La Fisheria's new downtown location should be open as of Nov. 1, but no word yet on whether or not they're keeping their famous no-kids-past-7 policy.

Elsewhere, the Houston Press reports that new sushi restaurant Oka is now open at 2200 Post Oak Blvd. The first-floor space at the BBVA Compass building in Uptown previously housed Osteria Mazzantini, which closed in July 2014, and Oka appears to have completely transformed the space with elegant glass murals among the new design elements in the dining room. Look for equally elegant presentations of its sushi, including aji sashimi served alongside the deep-fried remains of the mackerel and mirugai, or giant clam, decorated with edible flowers. On the non-seafood side, you'll find little luxuries like the sampler plate of Akaushi Wagyu beef served three ways.


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