The Miyako on Kirby in Houston is by far my favorite location. I didn’t think there could be much of a difference in locations, after all, it’s still the same restaurant and they have the same menu. My boyfriend actually took me to this place for my birthday and I definitely noticed the difference. Not only is parking much easier than the Westheimer location but the space looks larger and has a more laid back atmosphere.
This location has two sections, aside from the bar, they have regular seatings and unless you get a booth it can be cumbersome to move around during busy hours. The other section of the restaurant is at the opposite end where they offer a more Japanese style atmosphere. The view isn’t great considering all you get to see is outside traffic but they do what they can. This side from what I’ve notice doesn’t get as many customers, I guess the thought of having to seat on the floor can be a turn off if you’re not use to it. If you want a little more privacy during their busy hours I’d suggest this side of the restaurant though, because they don’t get many customers wanting to seat on the floor it tends to be much quieter. I would recommend giving it a try especially since the seating really is pretty comfortable. You do have to remove your shoes, but the way the furniture is arrange there’s a sunken area that allows for leg room for those that can’t seat Indian style for long.
Their prices range from fairly affordable to pricey, it depends on the time of day you decide to visit. Their lunch menu prices are standard compared to other places, and their dinner menu ranges from moderately expensive to very. Their dinner prices for bento boxes are the highest that I’ve seen at any Japanese restaurant.
If you’re there mainly for the sushi and have favorites you usually order I would suggest checking out their happy hour menu. I’ve learned after my first visit that I’m better off visiting during their happy hours which is Monday to Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Miyako offers 50 percent off of selected special rolls and greatly reduced prices on their sushi, drinks and appetizers.
I absolutely love their sushi, I’ve tried their usual rolls and it’s very good, much better than many places but what I love the most about Miyako is that they offer an eclectic selection of sushi. For my birthday I tried something new, I think it was called the Houston roll or it could’ve been a Texan roll but let me tell you that was the most interesting sushi I’ve ever had. I wouldn’t say it was bad it was just different. First of all it was served warm and instead of fish it had chicken served with a barbeque sauce. My boyfriend didn’t like it but I didn’t think it was that bad. I probably won’t ever try it again but I’d recommend it to someone who likes barbeque and is new to sushi.
My favorites are the New York maki and the Hot Geisha. I always get a giggle from saying hot geisha. The New York maki has shrimp tempura and avocado inside, topped with kani and drizzled with mayo and spicy sauce. The Hot Geisha is a smoked salmon tempura roll topped with green shell mussel baked with a caviar cream sauce. If I recommend anything it would be these two rolls, especially the Hot Geisha. I would recommend Miyako on Kirby to anyone that loves sushi and likes trying out new things. I would suggest that if you’re on a budget to visit them during their happy hour.