Beginning Sunday, October 14, Kuu, Japanese Restaurant in Memorial area of Houston, will serve a new à la carte, tapas-style brunch from 10a to 3p. Chef Adison Lee invited a group of local bloggers and social media influencers over for what was the most amazing brunch experience I have had in a long time. The new Japanese-style brunch will feature the freshest seasonal and locally sourced ingredients combined with traditional ingredients including salmon, chicken, pork belly, crab, lobster, sea urchin, eggs and Japanese yam.
Brunch consists of mostly cooked items, priced between $10-$20. The sushi bar will also be available on the regular menu. A seasonal “Snack Bar” option ($18) includes lighter accompaniments such as seaweed salad, edamame, pickles, taro chips, fresh-squeezed juices, almond and soy milk, yogurt, bite-size desserts and more. The value-priced Brunch Set ($38) includes any two items from the brunch menu + Snack Bar.
We were welcomed at the bar with our brunch beverage of choice. We had the option of choosing from their regular mimosa, pomegranate and lavender mimosa and truffle Bloody Mary. Following the mingling and picture taking, we were welcomed to the snack bar, which includes the delicious items that I listed about and that you will see below; from the snack area, which can fill you up too, we began the tasting of 12 of the dishes on their brunch menu. But before we get into the dishes I recommend, I wanted to give you a little background of the chef.
Chef Lee got his start under master chef Nobu Matsuhisa of Nobu fame and brings his specialty of modern cooking paired with traditional Japanese techniques to Kuu, which has been recognized as one of Houston Chronicle’s/ Alison Cook’s Top 100 Restaurants every year since they opened. Now, on to the dishes themselves. I would recommend you get the full brunch option, so that you get to try the delicious snack bar items as well.