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Worth the wait on weekends, the ultra-mod Soma is perfect for a date night, dinner with friends, or a sushi snack with sake before hitting the town. Soma's inspired menu offers tricked-out sushi classics alongside fully cooked fish, meats, and poultry. Miso Soup is hand-poured tableside into a broad bowl, revealing a perfectly poached quail egg floating amongst delicate enoki mushrooms. Fun-seekers can feast on the flash fried Drunken Irishman roll with its layered textures and flavors. Sashimi fans will be floored by the Sashimi of the Gods' selection of fishes drizzled with complementary sauces and oils. Ravenous big spenders will delight in the 7-course seasonal tasting menu that even features dessert. -Gemma Amato
Houston's diverse population makes for great food, particularly from Asia. In an increasingly upscale sushi restaurant market, The Blue Fish is hip breath of fresh and casual air. Set right in the heart of the popular Washington Ave, the huge modern building has the space for your every dining occasion. The creative menu is stuffed with edible gems, like the Yellowtail Heaven, a spicy sashimi with cilantro. Also, for you non-fish eaters, try the Peking Duck Cigar with fresh shiitake mushrooms, green onions and tangy Hoisin sauce. Stop by after work. -Adam Rosen
Voted "Best Restaurant in the Village" by the Houston Press, Benjy's provides modern American cuisine in the heart of the Village shopping district. Very trendy and modern, the restaurant caters to contemporary tastes and styles. The decor is very modern and contemporary yet minimalist. The atmosphere is very casual and congenial, creating a relaxed environment to enjoy any meal. A lounge is available upstairs for conversation and spirits. The food is prepared from the freshest ingredients and meats. Benjy's never freezes any of its food, except of course, the ice cream and sorbet desserts. The house specialty is seafood although most entrees are equally tasty. Their brunch on Saturdays and Sundays is not to be missed.