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Food News: Tobiuo Chef, Owners Reveal Move to the Inner Loop

Plus, you think you're the fastest pho eater in town?

By Timothy Malcolm September 23, 2019

A rendering of the interior of Kanau Sushi.

Image: Caydon

Tobiuo is one of the Houston area's best sushi restaurants. There, chef Mike Lim is impressive with the knife, producing gorgeous and pleasing bites with bluefin tuna, salmon belly, and more. It's worth the drive to Katy, as we've previously written.

We also wrote that it wouldn't be long before Lim would find his way inside the Loop, and he's coming with Kanau Sushi. Opening early 2020 from the team behind Tobiuo, Kanau will take up residence at Drewery Place in Midtown, featuring sushi with a French twist. Get ready for uni flights and "the tuna breakdown," in which 200- to 300-pound tuna will be reduced to a variety of smaller dishes.

“Our vision for Kanau Sushi is to create an experiential ambiance for our guests, where food, art, colors and structure come together,” said Lim. “We will be including table side dishes and French-infused small cold dishes for a world of sensations, as well as offer an omakase experience menu at the sushi bar, which is one of my favorite things to do.”

Mendocino Farms (whose Uptown Park location is opening Oct. 3) has announced another Houston location at Two Allen Center in downtown. Ready by late summer, this fifth city location of the California salad and sandwich chain will follow the menu of other Mendos nationally and in the city. The restaurant is already open in Rice Village, and after Uptown Park gets rocking, two more locations—Heights and 609 Main St. in downtown—will come before the Allen Center spot.

Think you can slam a bowl of pho in seconds? As part of the Viet Cultural Fest, set for Sept. 28 at NRG Center, there'll be a pho-eating contest. It starts at 11:30 a.m. and the entry fee is $20. The first person to finish an entire bowl of pho (the whole thing) wins a $200 cash prize. For more, visit vietculturalfest.org.

New at The Roastery is a unique local blend of coffee. Called H-Town Roast, it combines beans from Ethiopia, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Sumatra. Essentially, it's the ultimate melting pot, but in coffee form. “We wanted to create a unique product that represents the city’s culture and ‘H-Town’ is the perfect product to do that,” said Roastery co-owner Jason Giagrande. “The blend is our most unique blend to-date and we plan to continue creating delicious coffee for our customers.” You can get it at all three Roastery locations (H-E-Bs in Bellaire, Heights, and San Felipe, where the beans are roasted).

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