All signs point to hand rolls replacing poke as the new raw fish food trend. Yet another eatery devoted to hand rolls (aka temaki) is en route to Houston, on the heels of two other recently announced temaki joints slated to arrive this year.
Hando will debut at 518 W 11th Street in The Heights this fall. Local architectural firm JT Arc Studio is in charge of design within the 1,200 square-foot space which will seat 24 diners when completed. As far as the food goes, Hando will serve up temaki as rolls rather than in cone form with ingredients like salmon, yellowtail, and scallops rolled into rice with a warm seaweed wrapper. Hando’s menu will offer temaki a la carte or in flights of three, four, and five varieties. The new temaki joint will also have a full bar serving up cocktails like the Little Death made with Japanese gin, cognac, yuzu, and lavender.
The new temaki bar is from a trio of owners from the food & beverage industry: Jason Andaya, Rishi Patel, and Ray Chan, who’s a partner in East End Hardware and opened Bar Munich. When Hando debuts this fall, it will join Handies Douzo from two Uchi-trained sushi chefs Patrick Pham and Daniel Lee, as well as Railway Heights’ Hand Roll Bar from Tuan Tran, the mind behind Conservatory poke joint Moku Bar and Korean barbecue food truck Casian King.
Hando plans to operate for lunch and dinner. Stay tuned for its official opening date and hours of operation.