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Mysterious New Japanese Restaurant Kukuri Arrives In Houston

New sushi from a Michelin-starred chef is officially here

Amy McCarthy is a staff writer at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

Yesterday, mysterious new Japanese restaurant Kukuri made its official Houston debut at 1902 Washington Avenue.

The restaurant announced its opening on Facebook, kicking open the doors at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. The restaurant is helmed by Michelin-starred chef Shimao Ishikawa, a sushi veteran with more than 40 years of experience who most recently spent time at New York’s Jewel Bako. Alongside plenty of super-fresh sushi options, look for a more expansive Japanese menu, complete with plenty of vegetables and meats.

“In addition to the freshest fish, our establishment offers a selection of in-season delicacies, including meats and vegetables,” reads the restaurant’s website. “Please come enjoy our ever-changing seasonal menu and experience the unique Japanese form of hospitality known as omotenashi.” “Omotenashi” roughly translates to “entertain guests wholeheartedly,” which means that the dining experience here likely won’t be a letdown.

Kukuri is now open for dinner service from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.