100 Favorite Dishes: No. 42, Akaushi Short Ribs at Soma Sushi

Photo by Mai Pham
I'm glad Mai took a picture of these during her last visit, because I ate mine before I even remembered to take a picture... (Job hazard.)
​This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least once.

Although many people tend to only think of Soma Sushi as a sushi restaurant (and why not: "sushi" is even right there in its name), the truth is that executive chef Jason Hauck makes a lot more than just maki. He's just as fond of putting French and Texan twists on Japanese favorites, such as the Hokkaido-style ramen that's currently on the menu, featuring Berkshire pork belly and Way Back When butter.

But as good as that ramen is, it doesn't hold a candle to one of Soma's crowning glories: truffle-glazed American wagyu short ribs, topped with a Boucheron goat cheese mousse, scallions, sesame seeds and cilantro. It's not as decadent as it sounds -- the ribs quickly melt on the tongue like butter on a hot skillet, but vanish with a clean flavor thanks to the cilantro and scallions -- and it's only $12 for a plate. Granted, you'll only get four large bites on that plate, but it's an affordable luxury.

My other favorite at Soma can only be found at the bar -- you're getting a two-fer today -- so it doesn't quite get its own spot on the list. But the Korean-style chicken wings, which appear to have been battered in tempura before receiving their sesame-studded, spicy-sweet glaze, are among my favorite three chicken wings in town (the other two being the chile de arbol-glazed wings at Xuco Xicana and the caramelized fish sauce wings at Thanh Phuong). And at only $6, they're an even better deal than the short ribs.

The list so far:

No. 100: Dumplings at Heights Asian Cafe
No. 99: Mixta Pizza at Friends Pizzeria
No. 98: Veggie tacos from Radical Eats
No. 97: Bean pie from Conscious Cafe
No. 96: Swiss chard crepes from Giacomo's Cibo e Vino
No. 95: Eggs Mia Bella at Mia Bella
No. 94: Mulligatawny soup at the Queen Vic
No. 93: Helado de Lúcuma from Pollo Bravo
No. 92: Black bean burger from Natachee's
No. 91: Chupacabra pizza from ERA
No. 90: Roast chicken from El Norteño
No. 89: Eggs El Salvador from Brasil
No. 88: Frank the Pretzel from Eatsie Boys
No. 87: Caldo Tlalpeño from Tacos del Julio
No. 86: English pea soup at Brasserie 19
No. 85: Falafel from Zabak's
No. 84: Buttermilk-fried pork loin with fried eggs at Canopy
No. 83: Grillades and grits from BB's Cajun Cafe
No. 82: Haemul dolsot from Seoul House
No. 81: Pandan waffles at Parisian Bakery III
No. 80: Pita bread and hummus at Phoenicia
No. 79: Goat pepper soup at Peppersoup Cafe
No. 78: Melon and Texas feta salad from Beaver's
No. 77: Hot Italian beef from BB's Beef & Hot Dog
No. 76: Bacon-avocado burger from Facundo Cafe
No. 75: Pancakes from Fountain View Cafe
No. 74: Hobnobs from Fluff Bake Bar
No. 73: Chu chee eggplant from Nidda Thai
No. 72: Sausage sampler from King's Biergarten
No. 71: Shawarma from Abdallah's
No. 70: Moules-frite at the Broken Spoke
No. 69: Hong Kong-style French toast at House of Bowls
No. 68: Sashimi sampler at Sushi Miyagi
No. 67: Baleadas from Honduras Mayan
No. 66: Snow ice from Star Snow Ice & Teriyaki
No. 65: Boudin balls from MerCheri's
No. 64: Miso ramen at Umai
No. 63: Grim burger at Lankford Grocery
No. 62: Dabeli at Bansuri Indian Food Corner
No. 61: Wine and cupcakes at 13 Celsius
No. 60: Pâté de France from Spec's
No. 59: Steak and eggs from Ninfa's on Navigation
No. 58: Breakfast pita at Niko Niko's
No. 57: Vegan curry at Cafe TH
No. 56: Samosas at Shiv Sagar
No. 55: Ceviche at Latin Bites Cafe
No. 54: Wicked Philly at Pappa Geno's
No. 53: Pork chop at Perry's Steakhouse
No. 52: Soft-shell crab at Pico's Mex-Mex
No. 51: Sno-balls at MAM's House of Ice
No. 50: Whole catfish at Saigon Pagolac
No. 49: Nova fish box at New York Bagel & Coffee Shop
No. 48: Sojok mana'eesh at Cedars Bakery
No. 47: Pho ga at Pho Ga Dakao
No. 46: Sicilia salad at Trevisio
No. 45: Dahi puri at Sweet 'n' Namkin
No. 44: Hot dogs at Moon Tower Inn
No. 43: Real guacamole at Yelapa Playa Mexicana

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Location Info

Soma Sushi

4820 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Foam is always unappetizing. It does always remind me of spit. I don't want that on my plate.

Signed,President of the Society to Eradicate Foam From Your Plates

Bruce R
Bruce R

I'm sure it's just me, but that sea foam topping looks unappetizing--like someone hocked a loogie on your food.

Mai Pham
Mai Pham

eww. loogies aren't foamy, they are slimy...this is actually a bulgogi foam, and it was delicious.

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