Published weekly, our My Top 5 series highlights Houston entrepreneurs, creators, and influencers and reveals their favorite things to do in Houston in their time off. This week, we’re very pleased to feature a special double edition featuring husband and wife co-owners of Shun Japanese Kitchen, Naoki Yoshida and Renee Yoshida. Their menu includes a wide selection of sushi and hot dishes and boasts one of the largest sake selections in the city. Click here to see Naoki Yoshida’s My Top 5.
My Top 5 Things to Do in Houston
by Renee Yoshida
- Costa Brava Bistro – I find Costa Brava to be a fantastic place to dine. The service is impeccable, and the atmosphere is charming. The dishes, which are a combination of traditional Spanish and French cuisine, are made with great passion and love. Growing up, we ate a lot of traditional French dishes because my father is a classically-trained French chef. Unfortunately, the closing of Max & Julie’s Brasserie (which I so loved) made it hard to get my fix of yummy French cuisine. So I set off on a new quest to find a suitable spot and ended up at Costa Brava. I now go there a lot with my parents as the food is always wonderful and consistent.
- Central Market – In my spare time I absolutely love to go on a hunt to find interesting and unique products for my kitchen. I believe one of the best places to go is Central Market. It’s like a giant adult candy store. I’d be there for hours if I could. They have a huge array of bread, charcuterie, and cheeses (my instant go-to). Not to mention, their produce is fresh. They also have a mind-blowing selection of jams and honey. I even take a fancy to their large selection of chef-prepared dishes. If you let me, I can rant on forever about Central Market – it’s truly my happy place.
- Texas Art Supply – Ever since I was young, I’ve always had a passion for art. Drawing, jewelry making, and scrapbook journaling have always been a source of great comfort for me. Texas Art Supply is only a five-minute drive away from home, and it provides almost everything you can imagine when it comes to art necessities. As soon as I step in, my mind is in motion with so many project ideas.
- Cacao & Cardamom Chocolatier – I’ve never really been one to “ooh and ah” over showcases of gems and diamonds. But a showcase full of edible chocolate bonbons? Sign me up. My favorite spot to indulge in beautiful, decadent pieces of chocolate art is at Annie Rupani‘s Cacao & Cardamom in the Galleria area. They make for an amazing, quick gift and taste absolutely delicious. Seriously, they are guaranteed to make anyone happy. I’m a big fan of dark chocolate, too. My favorites are the Five Spice Praline, Smoked Maple Pecan, and Chipotle.
- State of Grace – State of Grace has such a charming, lavish interior and on top of that, spectacular food. It has been my favorite spot ever since I moved to Houston from Chicago. My go-to here is hands down their fresh seafood bar. I always get their Small Stack Seafood Tower, which features an array of cold, fresh oysters, shrimp, lobster, and crab with a great selection of condiments to go along with them. I also always order their Hushpuppies, something we don’t really find much in Chicago. My absolute favorite part is getting a little complimentary ginger cookie sandwich on your way out. They are always amazing.
About Renee Yoshida
Launched in 2018 under the direction of restaurant veteran Naoki Yoshida and wife Renee Yoshida, Shun Japanese Kitchen was developed to explore new realms of Japanese cuisine with the concept of “second-generation Japanese food”. Shun provides a unique dining experience, marrying traditional Japanese ingredients with readily available seasonal produce and flavors inspired by Houston.