Oishii Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Sushi night doesn’t have to be expensive, and Oishii proves it. This low key Japanese restaurant serves great food that won’t break the bank. The inconspicuous restaurant has wood paneled walls, broken-in booths and basic tables. But the strip center location and the unpretentious decor don’t take away from the number of people who feverishly flock to this sushi spot every night.
Anticipating a wait, we called ahead and made a reservation. It proved to be a good call, because when we got there, the line was still about 20 minutes long. Fully knowing what we were getting ourselves into, we didn’t mind and managed to grab a couple seats in the waiting area by the front.
Once seated, explore the menu. The selection is huge, and the prices are the best in town. Be sure to check out specials that are listed on the chalkboard by the host. And the portions are bigger than you might expect.
Sometimes Houston is described as a great place to live but not a great place to visit. Oishii is a spot that fits into this saying. Locals know it and love it, but it’s not a go-to restaurant to the uninitiated. Houston is a place to explore. To find the secrets, you have to ask around and open a few doors. When there is a line of locals waiting 45 minutes to get inside a hole-in-the-wall sushi joint every night of the week, we suggest you poke your head in and see for yourself.
• Call ahead to put your name on the list; there’s almost always a wait, but it’s worth it.
• For even more bang for your buck, check out the daily specials written on the chalkboard by the front door.
• Go for happy hour, they have some simple drink specials, and appetizers and some rolls are buy one, get one free for $4 (Mon – Fri 3-7 p.m. and Saturday 3-6 p.m.).
3764 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX 77046
Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Parking in front plus a lot next door.