Review: The Fish Restaurant & Sushi Bar in Midtown of Houston

Updated on March 18, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

The Fish Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Houston
The Fish Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Houston | Source

My husband went to The Fish Restaurant & Sushi Bar before me. He reported that the food was delicious and the atmosphere was modern and pretty. After hearing his brief review, I was hooked and looked forward to my first visit there.

The location of this restaurant is in the highly popular Midtown area of Houston. We had friends who used to rent a three-story townhome in that popular area just west to southwest of downtown. They liked the fact that within walking distance of their place was a wide assortment of restaurants, art galleries, and shops of all different types. Plus, it was a hop, skip, and a jump away from all the many downtown venues.

They invited us out to eat one evening. It was so lovely to be able to walk to a nearby restaurant and back. Where we live in the western suburbs of Houston, that is not possible. We always have to drive if we wish to dine out.

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Exterior of the restaurant | Source
A view of the restaurant from across the street
A view of the restaurant from across the street | Source
Side of the restaurant with potted plants
Side of the restaurant with potted plants | Source

Location

The Fish Restaurant & Sushi Bar is located at 309 Gray Street #107, Houston, Texas 77002, in an end cap location of the block-long variety of businesses.

The sidewalks are bricked, and there are plentiful trees providing shade. Many of the restaurants and businesses have beautifully potted plants outside their doors.

The Fish provides quite a bit of outdoor dining spaces in addition to what is found inside. When our Houston weather is not sizzling, it would be fun to enjoy the outdoor eating area.

There is a full bar, and for people living in that part of town, happy hour is bound to be crowded.

Parking is metered in that part of town, and at night valet parking for the restaurant is provided.

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Bento Box Dining Experience

The first time I visited this lovely restaurant with my husband, we both ordered the bento boxes for lunch. First, the server brought miso soup. We both agreed that we consider the miso soup in this restaurant to be the best we have ever tasted.

I must confess that miso soup is not my most favorite soup. The rich flavorful broth could have me changing my mind! Those slivered fresh mushrooms and scallions floating on the top of the bowl made it visually appealing.

The glazed salmon bento box was my choice while my husband ordered shrimp tempura. Both of them were delicious. I could have made an entire meal of the accompanying caramelized Brussels sprouts! They were scrumptious!

I will have to try and replicate them at home. My husband often turns up his nose at eating Brussels sprouts, and he admitted to liking them as they had been prepared in this particular way.

The dressing over the accompanying salad in each bento box was light and yet so very flavorful.

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Shrimp tempura bento box Glazed salmon bento boxThe Fish Miso Soup Caramelized Brussels sprouts
Shrimp tempura bento box
Shrimp tempura bento box | Source
Glazed salmon bento box
Glazed salmon bento box | Source
The Fish Miso Soup
The Fish Miso Soup | Source
Caramelized Brussels sprouts
Caramelized Brussels sprouts | Source

Chef Harold Wong

Executive chef Harold Wong has some outstanding working credentials. Two other local Houston restaurants (Azuma downtown and Uchi) had him working there before he came to The Fish Restaurant & Sushi Bar. The dishes he puts out are as pretty as they are delectable.

Calamari
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Small Plate Dining

My husband and I both love good calamari. The calamari here is as fresh and appealing as any we have ever eaten. A light touch is needed when cooking squid because it can quickly become tough and rubbery if cooked too long a time. They do it just right here!

On weekends once opened at noon, they remain open all day until closing time at midnight on Saturday and 9 p.m. on Sundays. We have popped in there on weekends mid-afternoon just for a couple of their small plates. We wanted a little something but not a complete meal as we were not that hungry.

Sautéed jalapeño scallops in garlic sauce is a rich and spicy treat. The scallops were tender and delicious.

Beef ribeye rolls were a visual treat for the eye. It did not last long on the plate once it was tasted. Oh, so tender thinly sliced ribeye was wrapped around a slice of avocado. The taste of cilantro, lime zest, and teriyaki sauce made this beef ribeye roll a definite winner! We will surely want more of it in the future.

The video below shows how this beef ribeye roll is made by Chef Wong.

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Beef ribeye rollsJalapeno scallops
Beef ribeye rolls
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Jalapeno scallops
Jalapeno scallops | Source

Thumbs Up!

My husband and I will surely be returning to dine at this excellent Midtown restaurant again and again. Every day they do wonders with the freshly delivered seafood offered on the regular menu as well as daily specials.

Plan to visit this restaurant if you have a desire for sushi, Japanese, or Asian food as well as some of the freshest seafood in town. I am confident that your visit is bound to be a pleasing success!

5 stars for The Fish Restaurant & Sushi Bar in Midtown

Questions & Answers

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      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Ruby,

        So sorry that you do not get good shrimp where you live. We get lots of it down here. Thanks for your comment.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

        It's a good thing I don't live close, I love shrimp and you can't find it here. I remember having shrimp when I worked in Houston, and it was delicious. Another great presentation Peggy!

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        Peggy Woods 

        3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Bill,

        Yes, you could find plenty on this menu other than sushi. The outdoor seating is great when it is nice weather.

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        Peggy Woods 

        3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi FlourishAnyway,

        You are right. I had never really liked miso soup before tasting their version. My husband dislikes Brussels sprouts but had to admit that he liked theirs. All of the food we have ever had at The Fish Restaurant has been top-notch!

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        Bill Holland 

        3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        Very nice looking restaurant. Love the outdoor seating. No sushi for this boy, but I'm sure I could find something on the menu to make me happy.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 weeks ago from USA

        What an impressive looking place and if they found a way to make people enjoy food that they usually don’t prefer (Brussel sprouts, miso soup) then they are really good at what they do. Your photos are great.

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        Peggy Woods 

        3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Manatita,

        They have many options that do not include meat at The Fish restaurant. I am sure you would find much to your liking if you visited the restaurant.

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        Peggy Woods 

        3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Pamela,

        I'm glad that you liked the review of The Fish Restaurant.

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        Peggy Woods 

        3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Liz,

        You are so right. It is a tough time to be in the restaurant and hospitality business right now. I hope that good restaurants like this can survive the slowdown or lack of activity during this coronavirus pandemic. I am sure that most of the restaurants are suffering from lack of income, and the people who work there are also suffering the same.

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        manatita44 

        3 weeks ago from london

        Well,

        I'm not a meat eater, but I dare say that I'm attracted by the decor and artistic design. The whole thing looks very arty and creative and it perhaps be a joy, even to walk around.

        I like miso soup and I suppose they may have some spring rolls for me. The sushi vegetable roll, rise and Brussel spouts would be Cool!

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        The food looks and sounds delicious. I am sure I would love to eat at this restaurant. Thank you for the review.

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        Liz Westwood 

        3 weeks ago from UK

        This is an excellent review of this restaurant. If I lived in the area I would be tempted to try it. I only hope that it does not suffer too much as a result of the coronavirus. Restaurants have been ordered to close in some EU countries and trade is down in others. It's a tough time for the hospitality sector.

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