A new destination for udon noodles and Japanese fried meats just debuted in Houston from a Los Angeles restauranteur.
Jason Park recently launched Katsu Bar at 15556 Cutten Road Suite 500, replacing his previous eatery Poké Bar, which fared better outside of Houston’s saturated raw fish market with more than 75 locations across 12 states. “I’ve been working on Katsu Bar for two years and decided to open it in Houston first,” Park tells Eater. “Houston doesn’t really have much Asian food compared to Los Angeles, and there aren’t many places to get authentic katsu locally.”
To that end, Park tells Eater that he aims “to bring katsu to the mainstream” with his Tokyo-inspired eatery. In Northwest Houston, diners will find a casual build-your-own-meal environment accented by warm wood and Japanese decor that seats 55. The eatery offers six protein options including chicken, pork, beef, fish, shrimp, tofu, and mushroom that are battered, covered in Japanese breadcrumbs, and fried to order. Diners also choose a base of rice, traditional Japanese cabbage salad, or Westernized pasta salad for the “non-Asian” diner, according to Park.
Katsu Bar also serves up warm and cold udon noodles and additional Westernized options like an udon spaghetti dish with beef sauce, french fries, and onion rings, alongside other appetizers like gyoza and edamame. As far as drinks go, Katsu bar serves up boba milk tea, Thai tea, and fruit slushes in flavors like taro, matcha, passion fruit, guava, and more.
Katsu Bar is now open and serving up Japanese dishes daily from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.