How to choose? When I googled Japanese Restaurant Houston, I found 150 different listings...from "Aka" to Zushi"...and many listed had numerous locations! So I got lazy and went back to a favorite spot on Hwy 6 in Sugar Land. I should have counted, because there are at least 10 different international cafes in this one strip center!
FYI- The restaurant sign and menu name do not match. Just remember the Mori part!
No Bonus Points
I'm afraid I can't steal any extra points for having Heidi in this blog post. My daughter has been in many posts before. She has also been to Mori Ichi's many times before!
Close Call With Wasabi
Now if I want to cheat with the bonus points, I'll go back in time, when I joined my mother with a group of folks from her nursing home on an outing to Mori Ichi!
This was almost 2 years ago and what a fun time! Most of our dining friends had never had sushi. Mom was the only one who could use chopsticks. And there was only one dangerous moment...when one of our dear dining fellows seemed to think the wasabi was a little pistachio sorbet!
3 bonus points for having Mom in the dining blog!
As I mentioned, this was sort of a lazy attempt at adding to the dining blog. Sometimes you don't really want to chat up a storm. But our server was very sweet and when I couldn't understand her Japanese name, she kindly told me to call her Fiona. Let's give 3 bonus points to Fiona.
If I were a real connoisseur, I would never get this ridiculous assortment of goodies. But I love these boxes! They remind me of TV dinners way back when. Remember how cool it was to have your food all separated! This was pretty darn good, though. Miso soup, salad, chicken katsu, California rolls and veggie tempura! All for $7.95!
Heidi's Healthier Pick
Heidi loves sushi! When she compliments sushi, that says a lot!
Let's just go ahead and give MORI ICHI 5 points for food! We have never been disappointed!
Authenticity and Warmth
What can I say...it's just cozy and comfortable. There are Christmas lights on the bamboo plants and there's a thatched roof over the sushi bar! I don't like TVs in restaurants and I don't really care for boxing, but I'm willing to give 2 bonus points for being able to watch a Japanese boxing match on the TV...for a little authenticity.
5 Bonus Points for Feeling Welcome!
Most diners at Mori Ichi seem to be Japanese. Of course I could be wrong. But all folks, regulars and first-timers, seem to be greeted with equal warmth. Again I'm using a 2 year old memory to give bonus points. (5 for the welcoming atmosphere) I will never forget the day our group arrived with wheelchairs and walkers and took over a large table at the center of the room. Our special group needed extra care since many were hard of hearing, had diet concerns or were just plain confused. But the servers were patient and kind. I won't even take points away for forgetting to remove the wasabi from some plates!
Mori Ichi gets 18 Points!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.