Nearly five years ago, Daily Dose Hospitality Group opened Bosscat Kitchen and Libations in Highland Village. The Southern California–based restaurant collective has finally made a home for its sister restaurant, and it’s just a stone's throw away: TEN Sushi and Cocktail Bar.
Last year, we reported that the sushi bar would be heading to Houston, but the original opening date was slated for spring/summer 2022. After a slight delay, the wait is finally over. The restaurant made its official debut in Houston in November; its arrival adds another spot to Houston's running list of the best sushi and gives the Uptown area a new foodie destination.
Located at 4200 Westheimer Road on the ground floor of the 200 Park Place building, the entrance to TEN Sushi is so inconspicuous you almost miss it. But once you're inside, you're in for a treat. The 80-seat restaurant is an intimate trip to Japan, boasting walls adorned with hand-painted cherry blossom trees and dangling lanterns hanging from the ceiling. Depending on where you're sitting in the restaurant, you might have a view overlooking chefs preparing sushi and sashimi. Meanwhile, the 800-square-foot patio overlooking Mid Lane is stunningly lit up this time of year.
The sushi concept originated in Orange County, California, when TEN Asian Bistro opened over 13 years ago (Daily Dose acquired TEN in 2016). Its Houston outpost feels exclusive and chic—intimate table settings round out the interior decor, with seats upholstered in a plush mauve velvet. There's a Sex and the City-esque vibe to TEN, so a girls night out is definitely in the cards here.
Owner John Reed believes Houston was the ideal second location for the sushi bar: "We are very excited to bring the unique flavors of TEN Sushi and Cocktail Bar to Houston," Reed says. "The modern ambiance and carefully curated menu at TEN offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience that can only be found at a Daily Dose. We knew we wanted to continue expanding our presence in Houston, and bringing TEN to the River Oaks area was the perfect next step."
The kitchen is led by Toshi Miura, who heads up the full-service sushi bar, and Executive Chef Peter Petro. What you can appreciate about TEN is that it removes the pretentiousness from sushi. While TEN Sushi leads with Japanese-style dishes, you can expect a variety of pan-Asian plates—General Ten's Chicken, Bangkok Curry, and Pad Thai. You can expect that same diversity in the cocktails, too. Lychee rose martinis, and spicy yuzu margaritas are arguably the restaurant's best-selling drinks on the menu.
The small bites are also worth applauding: chicken gyozas, sea salt edamame, house miso soup, and crispy rice sushi. There are sushi and sashimi rolls you’d expect to see at any sushi joint, like a California roll and a spicy tuna roll, but it’s touches like black sushi rice that set TEN apart. Also known as "forbidden rice," it's the secret ingredient behind some of the house's best rolls, such as the Forbidden Roll (seared ahi, albacore, crab, spicy tuna, avocado, soy sauce, and jalapeno sauce).
You may go to TEN for the ambiance and the Instagrammable aesthetics, but you'll leave impressed with the creativity and visual appeal of every dish brought to your table.
For more information on TEN, visit https://www.tensushicocktail.com.