Food News: Modern Sushi Concept Opens in Midtown
Thursday, the chef and owner of Phat Kitchen, Alex Au-Yeung announced that he was ending his relationship with Blodgett Food Hall. Au-Yeung felt that its business model did not match Blodgett’s operations, which are managed by CloudKitchens.
“After careful consideration, we regret to share that our vision, core values and commitment to customer service excellence cannot be realized in our current environment,” Au-Yeung wrote in a statement. “Beyond cooking great food, we as professionals in the restaurant industry know that the ability to provide excellent service and communicate with our customers is essential.”
Blodgett Food Hall Concepts customers order their food online and request delivery or pickup when visiting the property in the Third Quarter. There, customers only interact with a member of the dining room staff through a pick-up window.
As for Phat Kitchen, Au-Yeung is looking for a new location to serve Malaysian food inside the Loop. Phat Eatery remains open in Katy Asian Town, while sister operation Yelo (banh mi sandwiches and other goodies from Chef Cuc Lam) is slated to open there in January.
Kanau Sushi, the concept of Mike Lim (formerly Tobiuo), is now in its smooth opening phase at Drewery Place in Midtown (2850 Fannin St.). A full opening is scheduled for January 14. Kanau offers contemporary Japanese cuisine with table preparations and omakase options. Look for uni flights, “the tuna breakdown” in which Lim will cut a tuna into multiple dishes for guests and cold French-infused dishes. It will be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Tuesday to Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
The fourth establishment of local Chinese-regional bistro Mala Sichuan Bistro has opened at 3412 Hwy 6, #P, in Sugar Land. The 2,300 square foot space can accommodate 100 people at full capacity. Residents of Sugar Land should expect a menu similar to Asia Town’s favorite, i.e. dishes like red oil dumplings, shrimp with crispy rice crackers, tofu mapo and lamb with cumin. It is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday to Monday for on-site and take-out meals.
During this time, Dish Society announced that its sixth location is now open at 4191 Bellaire Blvd in Southside Commons (primarily West University). At 3,600 square feet, it can accommodate 100 indoors and 55 outdoors on a year-round patio. The new Dish Society is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. for on-site and take-out meals.