HOUSTON – While the world’s biggest sporting event is taking place thousands of miles away, many Houstonians can appreciate Japanese cuisine in the heart of Houston, in fact, right in River Oaks.
Shun Japanese Kitchen is home to many authentic Japanese flavors and values. The chef, Naoki Yoshida or Nao-san, said his goal with his restaurant is to highlight the beauty and flavors of Japanese cuisine. From the design of the restaurant to the ways he innovates the menu, Shun Japanese Kitchen is as fresh as it gets!
Touches of Tokyo line the walls and ceiling of Shun, a restaurant at the edge of River Oaks that captures the eye of any guest walking in. From the wooden sake barrels that greet you when you walk in, to the kimono fabric décor to the solid wood sushi bar Yoshida built and sanded himself, Shun is a sight to see and a place to try Japanese food.
“Japanese is in my bloodline, and I feel like it’s been misrepresented for many years. It’s time for me or a Japanese chef to come in and kind of change the game to really show was Japanese cuisine is really about,” Yoshida said.
Yoshida has more than 20 years of experience in Japanese cuisine. He has trained in virtually every area of the business.
“One of my biggest things is seasonality. I called the restaurant, ‘Shun,’ which means, ‘Peak of seasons,’” Yoshida said.
Yoshida said in Japan, the four seasons are a huge