Asian

At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for Houston's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a given cuisine. When we're in the mood for Asian food in Houston, we head to Kubo's - a reader favorite - or we count on Kaneyama's solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for Asian cuisine, and if you're looking to concentrate your efforts, start with the vibrant Rice Village area.

10 Kaneyama
Kaneyama enjoys a reputation as one of the area's more popular eateries, thanks in large part to its terrific sushi. Contemporary Asian decor adds character to a sleek sushi bar, comfortable booths, and cozy tatami rooms. An ideal spot for business lunches, Kaneyama, whose name loosely translates as "treasure mountain," serves classics like sea urchin, sashimi, and nigiri. For diners not wanting to go "raw," alternatives like salmon teriyaki are available. Best of all, prices are among the most competitive in town. (713-784-5168)

9 Nit Noi Thai
Along with highly rated noodles, this Eastern-inspired eatery offers traditional Thai dishes that have been Houston standards since the early '70s. The restaurant treats folks to a friendly, professional waitstaff who work hard to make everybody feel like part of the family. House specialties include sautéed shrimp with peanut sauce, stir-fried mussels with chili sauce, and quick-cooked squid in a hot, spicy sauce. Multiple locations in the Houston metro area. (713-621-6088)

8 Miss Saigon Cafe
This quaint Vietnamese eatery provides a welcome respite with its quiet setting and friendly service. Modestly decorated — the interior's most noteworthy feature is a mural of a peaceful village scene — Miss Saigon emphasizes food and service over flashy or intrusive decor. Dishes imaginatively incorporate Vietnamese standards like pork, beef, shrimp, fish, and chicken into flavorful mixed vegetables, egg rolls, and noodles. A surprising wine list features labels from South America, California, and France. (713-942-0108)

7 Patu's Thai Cuisine
A "diamond in the rough," this narrow eatery serves delicious Thai fare at some of the most reasonable prices you can imagine. Flavorful, exotic dishes fill the menu, as evidenced by mee krob, steamed pork dumplings, curried eggplant, and coconut-chicken soup. Add to the mix an impressive yet moderately priced wine list, and you've all the makings for a terrific evening without a hefty price tag. During the work week, it's not uncommon to find business folks lining up at the buffet for seconds on spring rolls and shrimp curry. (713-528-6998)

6 Shanghai River
For quite a few years now, this dining gem has been wowing patrons with superb Chinese favorites. The interior features green carpeting, wooden paneling, hand-carved Asian screens, and original prints; it's ideal for either a business meeting or an intimate dinner. Menu highlights include spicy General Tso's chicken, Peking duck, and Hunan lobster, as well as a few regionally-inspired surprises like jalapeño shrimp. (713-528-5528)

5 P.F. Chang's China Bistro
This fashionable Chinese bistro gets high marks from trendy Houston diners, who adore the contemporary interior and eclectic menu. Start with do-it-yourself lettuce wraps — these alone are worth the trip. Afterwards, take any route you like, from Szechwan or Hunan to Cantonese or Shanghai. Chang's daily specials are always worth considering as well — keep your fingers crossed that Szechwan shrimp or pan-fried noodles are available when you drop by. Leave room for the luscious Great Wall of Chocolate. (713-627-7220)

4 Kubo's
Although sushi is readily available nowadays (even at the supermarket), authenticity is often elusive. Not so at Kubo's. They create Japanese sushi, not an Americanized version. As a result, quality and preparation are more stringent, and nigiri, maki, and sashimi are practically without parallel. Even basics like yellowtail and tuna are sublime, and the more unusual and inventive options really sing. Cooked dishes and rice bowls can also be had, but you might as well go with what they do best. Incredible sakes are also a restaurant standard. Make sure you check out the specials! (713-528-7878)

3 Fung's Kitchen
Elegant Fung's has a built-in culinary niche with its Hong Kong-style preparation of impossibly fresh seafood. That's not to say that the kitchen is complacent. Rather, chefs go to great lengths to make sure that everything is of the highest quality, just as you ordered. The menu features more than 400 options, so look around a bit before you choose. Items you might consider include green mussels with black bean sauce, roast duck, sesame jellyfish, and squid with sate sauce. Less adventurous diners are pleased by customary beef, chicken, and pork dishes, along with a variety of noodle and rice options. Ideal for entertaining clients or special guests. (713-779-2288)

2 Azuma Sushi & Robata Bar
Braced by raw wooden beams and posts, this enticing establishment gets brisk business from students and medical folks. Best known for its beautifully composed sushi, it also gets praise for grilled dishes (you can even cook your own on a blistering-hot rock). Begin with miso soup or edamame before shifting to pan-fried prawns, sauteed conch, chicken or pork katsu, or grilled and skewered seafood. Plenty of rolls are available, including the Polo (with fried oysters and avocado) and the spicy Azuma (with tuna, salmon, and daikon skin). Don't forget to explore the list of sakes. (713-432-9649)

1 Thai Gourmet
This wonderful restaurant doesn't stand on formalities, and it's not frou-frou at all. It does, however, turn out some of the city's best authentic Thai cuisine. Full-bodied but judiciously seasoned, the kitchen's dishes call forth faraway lands, redolent of coconut, cilantro, lime, and chilies. Try a salad chock full of fresh vegetables and chicken, or go for a traditional beef satay or even an earthy Mussaman curry. No matter what you order, you'll be greeted warmly and made to feel at home by lovely, conscientious servers. (713-780-7955)


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Maps and Directions

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Kaneyama 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Galleria
COST: $$
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Nit Noi Thai 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly
Neighborhood: Galleria
COST: $
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Miss Saigon Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly
Neighborhood: RICE VILLAGE
COST: $$
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Patu's Thai Cuisine 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible
Neighborhood: RICE VILLAGE
COST: $
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Shanghai River 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Delivery, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: UPPER KIRBY DISTRICT
COST: $$
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P.F. Chang's China Bistro 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Take Out
Neighborhood: MIDTOWN
COST: $$
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Kubo's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Group Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: RICE VILLAGE
COST: $$
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Fung's Kitchen 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Seafood
Dining Options: Delivery, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: SHARPSTOWN
COST: $
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Azuma Sushi & Robata Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Group Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: RICE VILLAGE
COST: $$
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Thai Gourmet 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Galleria
COST: $$