Welcome to the Nabi-hood: Montrose Gets a New Asian Fusion Restaurant

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Another table-turning restaurant is making Montrose its home: Say sayonara, Tomo and irashaimase to its new incarnation, Nabi. The Asian fusion restaurant is taking over the sushi joint, which had been a fixture on Lower Westheimer since 2007. Prior to Tomo, the building at 1517 Westheimer was the location of Yan Sushi, and Tomo never quite lived up to its predecessor's popularity.

Nabi hopes to recapture some of Yan's former fans, but not with sushi (after all, competing with the incoming Uchi would be foolish). Instead, the restaurant will focus on an Asian fusion menu that runs the gamut from whole roasted pig to Korean-style fried chicken, all under the guidance of executive chef Ji Kang.

"My team at NABI is excited to bring a new genre of food to Montrose," Kang said in a press release. Kang is best known for his work as chef de cuisine at DISH in Dallas, which received three stars from the Dallas Morning News's Leslie Brenner last year. Kang also won second place at this year's Rising Star Chefs' Contest in Dallas, before promptly departing to begin work on Nabi here in Houston.

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Nabi has already brightened up Tomo's dark interior.
Kang claims that the food served at Nabi will be "made-from-scratch" and appeal to a wide variety of palates -- even vegetarian palates -- while remaining affordable: "People will appreciate that they can come a few times a week and enjoy great dishes, all without having to break their budget," he said.

The menu heralds the arrival of "Asian comfort foods" in an area that's widely bereft of such things, Chinese food at Kam's aside. If it's good, Nabi's Korean-style fried chicken would mean no more long drives to H-Mart for Toreore or to A Ly for Peking duck buns. Even better, Nabi will serve those dishes deep into the night, too, giving the area another much-needed late-night dining option. Sunday Fundays will be given a twist here, too, with all-you-can-eat fried chicken and tempura for $16.

The public is invited to Nabi's grand opening party on Saturday, November 19, from 7 to 11 p.m. Free appetizers such as cauliflower fritters and some of those Peking duck buns will be on hand, as will that whole roasted pig. Cocktails will be served for $5 each, and DJ Chris Cardenas will be in from Dallas to wish Chef Kang luck here in his new home.



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Location Info

Nabi - CLOSED

1517 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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ec

This looks like it will be a miss.  I'm sure the foodies will make a big hullabaloo over this place like Yelapa, Catalan, El Real, etc but then the hammer and bad reviews will come in and suddenly they move on to the next place

Mylifeisloud
Mylifeisloud

If the place smells like a roasted pig they may as well not serve vegetarians dishes.  Gross.

trisch
trisch

Oh great. They wait for me to move to China before bringing this to the end of my (former) street. :(

Jim Ayres
Jim Ayres

Tomo was horrible. Here's hoping Nabi will be a success.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

Man I miss Yan Sushi.  They should've never left their Holcombe location.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Poor Tomo. They once served me the worst sushi I've ever had, and I've eaten sushi from a gas station in the Second Ward.

csoakley
csoakley

Hells yeah. I hope they offer different spice levels like at Toreore. Sign me up for some of the hot stuff.

Sadie Cakes
Sadie Cakes

I'm sorry that you had a bad experience there, and didn't give it another chance.  I've also eaten sushi from a gas station in the East End, while it was okay, it was not better than Tomo. I've also had bad sushi at one point or another from most of the higher end places in Houston/NYC.  It's a gamble.  What I find to be the most distasteful thing however, is your celebratory attitude about Tomo's closing. They are already gone, which displeases many of us, so why piss us off and unnecessarily offend Tomo?  And furthermore, Yan...fans?  Really?  Gag.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I certainly didn't mean to offend Tomo fans, but I'm nothing if not honest on this blog (it's what they pay me for). And I honestly never liked Tomo. But I'm really glad that something different is moving into the area; even if it doesn't pan out, I'm looking forward to seeing what Nabi is all about.

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