Off the Wall: Awesomeness at Oishii

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Last week's Off the Wall proved to be disastrous. Looking to get back on track, I turned Geri Maria Harris's Top 5 Sushi Restaurants piece, which drew plenty of opinions on places that should have, but didn't, crack the list. This comment from Scarwars caught my attention, "Agree on Kata and Osaka, however, you're missing one of the BEST: Oishii. It may be no frills, but it's damn good."

Sounds like my kind of place. So, away I went. Here's my take-out rundown: 2 pieces of Sake (salmon), 1 piece each of Hamachi (yellow tail) and Maguro (tuna), 1 Black Dragon Roll (eel with California Roll), 1 Golden Dragon Roll (Salmon and Spicy Tuna Roll), 1 Spicy Tuna Hand Roll, and 1 Soft Shell Crab Hand Roll. My bill came to $26.25. My complete order is pictured above.

The sushi was affordable, but would the taste compare to the price? Absolutely. I tried my best to get a variety of fish, and Oishii nailed it with every single piece. The soft and fatty salmon was tops. Without a doubt, my next visit will yield a sizeable increase in Sake intake.

The tuna also stood out, especially the single sushi piece. The taste and texture were just right. Also, it's essential to point out the generous portions of meat on each piece. I find that sushi restaurants can sometimes be a bit stingy with their cuts of fish. This was not the case with Oishii.

Would I put Oishii in my top five? Maybe. It's definitely in the conversation. Thanks for another excellent suggestion. Keep them coming.



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Oishii Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

3764 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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EM
EM

You have to try Redfish off 249 or 290. Delicious!

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

Just FYI, I am definitely going back to Oishii, so any further recommendations on things to try there would be much appreciated. I've gotten a few good ones, but would love to get more. Given the low price and excellent quality, I'll be back. Just wish it was a little closer to home.

Nick
Nick

I agree with Confused Reader. There have been comments that have not been libelous or offensive that she has deleted, simply because they disagreed with the article. Isn't the entire point of a blog to spark up conversation? I just kind of feel that Katharine can be a bit militant at times with readers and quick to hit the delete button.

Also, hats off to Kevin for a great article, and I agree with OK, Geri's article was a pretty good sampling of what Houston has to offer in the way of sushi. Didn't mean to hijack this article thread to talk about Katharine, just thought Sir Ron's comment denegrating the other writers in favor of Katharine deserved another reader's opinion.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Let's also be clear: I am not the sole moderator of this blog or its comments section. There are several people involved in keeping our comments section a fun, feisty place...and sometimes that involves removing comments that are over the line. If this is the first "board" where you've experienced moderation, allow me to be the first to welcome you to the Internet. ;)

SirRon
SirRon

You fool... I was "denegrating" the commenters' opinions!

OK
OK

I think the top 5 list was pretty good considering the plethora of sushi restaurants in Houston. Obviously, great places will be left off and controversy ensure. It was not a disastrous piece and you are a tool (yes bringing back tool, because douche is played out) for implying such nonsense. I've got to chime in and say Shilcutt is not a good writer, combative and downright wrong in her interaction with commenters. I'd take Geri's writing and commenter interaction on her worst day over Kat's. Look at the comments, we do not Katherine Shilcu*t.

SirRon
SirRon

So you and Nick don't like KS because she doesn't kiss your ass? Maybe you guys aren't doing the blog reading right.

And thanks for bringing back tool. It's almost like you are reading my comments on other threads. Like like.

Confused Reader
Confused Reader

I hardly doubt leaving comments instead of deleting them when they aren't in agreeance constitutes "kissing ass". I like some of the articles she writes but I don't think deleting readers comments are a good idea. And what the heck does reading a blog accurately have anything to do with whether or not your comment gets deleted?!?!

SirRon
SirRon

FWIW, I was only pointing out how ridiculous Bluevelvetvint's comment was. In hindsight, I should have mentioned Shilcutt AND Anvil in the same comment as a clever misdirection.

SirRon
SirRon

CR,I don't think you comments are a making sense. ?!$??

My bad Shilcutt... although my favorite part is when this thing down here gets off the rails, this thread sucks.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I'm not sure where deleting comments comes in to play in this particular discussion, but - for the record - we only delete libelous or highly offensive comments. And you really have to try hard to reach that threshold around here...

Nick
Nick

I've seen her be pretty argumentative with commenters that weren't anywhere near rude or trolling. Just pretty surprising to me since I haven't seen that from the other writers that you were bashing. Katharine just always seems so defensive and argumentative to readers valid comments. I'm all for a good debate, but her attitude really seems to differ from the other members of the staff.

Nick
Nick

Sir Ron - You're absolutely correct! Katharine Schilcutt is in a whole other league. Sadly, it's just not the one you're thinking. At least the other writers here aren't so dismissive to reader's comments. With her bad attitude, I don't even know she works here sometimes.

SirRon
SirRon

I'd flag your comment for abuse, but I like that you said I'm absolutely correct. You'd be privileged to even have Shilcutt's flaws. Of course, Shilcutt has never told me that I'm absolutely correct, so I'm a little torn.

Wyatt
Wyatt

Seems to me like she's dismissive to trolls, but never got that impression otherwise

Beth
Beth

I've been going to Oishii for a few years now and that place still hits in my Top 5 sushi spots: great sushi, great prices, great happy hour. The only thing I can't get is why haven't they expanded? That place gets a ton of business and everytime I go there's a ridiculously long line! It's time to move on from the "gas station" and get a bigger space (just keep the prices!!!).

Mean Harlow
Mean Harlow

I read last week's top 5 and was disappointed with the list. Granted there seems to be a sushi joint on every corner these days so it would be difficult to hit all of them. I have to admit Scarwars has been trying to get me over to Oishii for some time now and I've yet to make the trip, however, if I'm in the mood for really good sushi, Sushi King is the only place for me. I followed the owner and my waiter from Kaneyama over to Sushi King when it first opened and have yet to be disappointed. Yes they can be a bit pricey but the fish is consistently of the highest quality and the variety and inventiveness of their rolls is unsurpassed. My husband and I can usually grab dinner for around $45. If you haven't been, give it a try.

Amy Ponterella
Amy Ponterella

With Oishii I can count on 2 things: 1. there's ALWAYS a wait. and 2. It's consistently good, therefore worth it. The pepper tuna is among my favs as well as the "Love flower" or Hana Nokoyi. I'm not a huge fan of all that mayo stuff on my fish, but i make an exception for that one dish. Now if only they would buy out that strip center and expend, my prayers will be answered. Thanks so much for doing this, Kevin.

Bluevelvetvint
Bluevelvetvint

Koto was great when it opened!! Now since she sold it not so much....Oiishiii gets way too much coverage here...get out some pls

SirRon
SirRon

What the heck is wrong with you people!? "Koto was great when it opened!! Now since she sold it not so much..." Apparently you were really excited when the place opened up (double slammer... nice!!). I'm not sure when "she sold," but I can tell you that the sushi chefs and waitstaff that served me last week were the exact same that prepared my food a decade ago.You strange commenters did this with Seafood Shoppe recently too. Mentioning that the "old location" was better. I've been going to that restaurant at the same location for over a decade too. Same cooks. Same servers. Same great food.The only people that have less integrity than the writers here (save Shilcutt... she's in another league) are, uhhh, us. Damn.ps- Love these Off the Wall posts Kevin.

Bluevelvetvint
Bluevelvetvint

Well, if the ex-owner is my gal, I'd say I'm qualified to comment this way. The new owners (from about a decade ago) are Taiwanese: one an accountant the other a sushi man. They both have no taste compared to X...they put plastic pots of plants on the beautiful oak bar. And of course the original sushi man was Japanese, and expensive, and better.

SirRon
SirRon

So your disdain for the place is somewhat personal. If the place was better 10+ years ago, then it must have been fantastic. As it is right now, it's pretty freaking good and where I go to get large, fresh pieces of sushi without the frills, pretentiousness, and high prices that you'll find at the majority of the inner loop sushi hot spots.

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

Forgot to mention, this place was full at mid-afternoon on a Saturday...impressive.

SirRon
SirRon

Sounds like the way I feel about Koto.

guy.
guy.

Sushi Miyagi. The one and only. Best quality I've had outside of Tokyo.

HN
HN

IMO, the Sushi Happy Hour is what most folks go to Oishii for, they also offer half price appetizers during Happy Hour.

Geri
Geri

I've been to Oishii. Great happy hour. Definitely would have made my top 10 :)

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