Traditional Japanese Dining
First let me say I am new to this board and loving it! Such a pleasure to find like minded foodies. Stumbled on it by accident when checking into New Orleans restaurants.
I love Japanese food, Sushi included, but having lived in California for a number of years, I fear I am quite spoiled when it comes to the traditional seating and service of Japanese food. I am not talking about grill tables, but the sit on the mats, teppanyaki style dining, with multiple courses, and attentive service. The whole Zen thing, and little Koi ponds would be nice lol
I have found excellent sushi bars, good grill table restaurants, and nice regular table restaurants, but I want atmoshere! Anyone remember the Old Tokoyo Gardens on Westheimer? If you can help me find Houston's most authentic Japanese experience that would be awesome!
I know of no Japanese restaurant in Houston that has a tatami room, unfortunately. Teppanyaki is not a traditional style of Japanese cooking or service, having been introduced in Japan immediately after WW2.
For kaiseiki (multi-course Japanese dinner), I would recommend Kubo's in Rice Village - they do have a small (4 person) private dining room. Kata Robata should also be able to do kaiseiki, has robata (cooked in the kitchen, not at the table) and has the best sushi and sashimi in town. Kata Robata's kitchen menu veers towards Japanese fusion, but their chef is classically-trained in Tokyo, and can certainly do a more traditional service.
3600 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77098
Sushi Jin on the corner of Dairy Ashford and Memorial Drive has a separate room with traditional seating. No koi ponds!