Little Miyako is located inside Meyerland Plaza close to the Galleria area in Houston, it’s just a few doors down from Express. The location is nice and convenient for shoppers in the area. I was skeptical about the place because of how small it looked from the outside. It didn’t look like much of a café and it can be easily missed hidden between all those big department stores. The first time I tried to visit Little Miyako they were closed, I remember thinking it was the oddest time to be closed. Eventually my boyfriend and I went back to check it out months later and we’ve visited Little Miyako quite a few times since then.
Upon first impression looks are deceiving. When you look at Little Miyako from the outside it looks too small to accommodate more than ten people at a time but when you go in you’ll see that the little café actually extends towards the back. The size of the place was a nice surprise for my boyfriend and I, we were starting to think that we’d have to take our food to go and we absolutely famished that day. We’ve eaten at Miyako’s before at both the Westheimer and Kirby location but had never tried Little Miyako until recently. I will say that the atmosphere, décor and service at Little Miyako is nothing like regular Miyako. It truly is more of a café than a restaurant.
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve visited Little Miyako quite a few times since my first visit and the service and food as been consistent. The service was at times decent, the staff weren’t all that friendly. That’s not to say that they were unfriendly but I got the impression that they were indifferent. They didn’t say much and smiled even less. I’d get a few looks from the kitchen staff from time to time that made me uncomfortable. Our food always seemed to take a while to prepare and we only ever go there for lunch. I felt the food preparation and delivery seemed slower than the regular Miyakos.
The times my boyfriend and I go there we usually get bento boxes and a couple of sushi rolls, sometimes we go there just for the sushi if we’re in the area. Little Miyako’s menu isn’t as diverse at the regular Miyakos but if you’re in the Meyerland Plaza area and want a quick Japanese lunch, this is a good place to drop by. The quality of their food is pretty good. Their portion is normal, the bento boxes are always a good deal if you want variety because you get a little bit of everything. The sushi is a good as the regular Miyakos but like I said, their menu isn’t as diverse.
If you’re in the Meyerland Plaza area and craving Japanese food, Little Miyako is a good place to stop by for lunch or a quick meal but I wouldn’t suggest it for a date though. It has more of a café atmosphere and not a nice restaurant ambience that the regular Miyako offers.