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Teppay Japanese Restaurant
Japanese Restaurant$$
Today 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, 6:00 – 10:30 pm
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6516 Westheimer Rd A2 Houston, TX 77057, United States
6516 Westheimer Road A2USTexasHouston77057
(713) 789-4506
$$Japanese Restaurant, Asian Restaurant
Japanese Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
Sushi Restaurant
Today 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, 6:00 – 10:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, 6:00 – 10:30 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, 6:00 – 10:30 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, 6:00 – 10:30 pmThursday 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, 6:00 – 10:30 pmFriday 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, 6:00 – 10:30 pmSaturday 6:00 – 10:30 pmSunday Closed
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Serene Japanese restaurant with both traditional decor & dishes, plus an extensive sushi bar.- Google
"Not the best ramen I have had but not the worst."
"A nice change from the large sushi places."
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Steven Le
2 months ago
Overall, good sushi, OK ramen, very slow service. Right from the start the service was bad. There was no hostess so no one was managing the wait for a table. I stood in the tiny waiting area for 20mins before it was my turn and then the waiter realized she could have sat me much sooner as they had a free seat at the bar. Getting my drink order was quick, but after that the service grinded to a halt. I sat at least 10mins before someone came and took my order. No one was watching to refill the hot tea and I had to flag someone down to get a refill, which then still took another 5 minutes to get. I ordered a simple dish of ramen and 4 pieces of sushi, which should be a very fast meal. I waited about 15mins for the sushi and quickly finished it. After that, the wait for the ramen was over 20mins. That’s right, it took at least 35 minutes for me to get a simple bowl of ramen. I know because I became so bored waiting I started the stopwatch on my smartphone. After I finished and the wait staff took my bowl, which sat empty for a while before they even came to bus my table, no one took the check to me. I had to ask for the check and it took another 12 minutes before I even saw that. I should have been out of that place in under an hour easy, but it took 2 hours before I got out of that place. What a waste of time for me and those that were still waiting for a seat. Now on to the food: the sushi was good and easily the highlight of this experience, very traditional style sushi. Because I sat at the sushi bar and waited so long, I was able to careful watch the sushi chefs prepare the sushi. I could easily tell they had a passion for it. I really enjoyed their saka (salmon) sushi. It was on point and had a melt in your mouth goodness. The maguro (tuna) sushi was good, but nothing to brag about. The main reason I came to Tappay was to try their ramen, which is supposed to be some of the best in town. The ramen was a bit of the let down. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. I ordered the tonkostu ramen, which had a nice cloudy broth with a good balance of flavors. The meat was good, but there wasn’t enough of it. The soft boiled egg was undercooked and needed a bit more time. Not the best ramen I have had but not the worst. I would rank it in the middle of the pack.
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Michelle A
7 months ago
Whenever I visit Teppay, I feel like I am visiting Japan again. The atmosphere and decor are very intimate and traditional. There always seems to be a group of Japanese people hanging out and having a good time in a corner of the restaurant. Atmosphere alone really provides a lot to the experience of eating here. On my most recent trip, I ordered the Sushi Special: 10 piece sushi + 3 piece California roll. The California roll was the best I have ever had. The sushi pieces were also quite delicious, and I can tell that the sushi chefs at Teppay are skilled in presentation and food preparation. However, as fresh and tasty as the sushi was, I feel like I've had fresher sushi at other restaurants, but I can't quite pinpoint it. I'll need to visit other sushi restaurants again for comparison. During other visits, I have tried Teppay's Ramen, and that is especially good; definitely tastier than other ramen in the city. No matter, Teppay is quite a gem of a restaurant in Houston.
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Justine Hernandez
9 months ago
You could not justify Teppay's average 3.5 star rating to me... I felt as though I'd been transported to Japan - a small nook of a restaurant, simply decorated with little maneki-neko and mini-sushi figurines at the sushi bar, a real Japanese staff that gently greets you with a "moshi moshi"... not like Miyako's abrasive "MOSHI MOSHI!!!!", and most notably, the incredibly well-done, authentic food. My experience was pure peace and comfort, and I couldn't have gotten a table-for-one at a better place. Per recommendation of my Teppay addicted friend, I ordered the clam miso soup, the 6 piece omakase, and 2 pieces of torched salmon belly sushi topped with lemon and sea salt... Yes, you just read right. Wipe the drool off your chin and keep reading. The clam miso (not on the lunch menu) came out in a bowl with a bowl shaped lid. Steam floated up upon the unveiling, and fresh clams filled the bowl, swimming in a beautiful miso broth. The bowl-lid was the perfect receptacle for my clam shells, and I made sure there wasn't one drop of soup left. Next came the torched salmon belly - which includes a little fire show if you sit at the sushi bar. The slightly charred taste on the outside, with the raw, cold, buttery inside, and that pop of citrus and salt make this one of my favorite sushi of all time. The omakase was an obvious mix of salmon, mackerel, yellow tail, red snapper (I think), flounder or trout, and amaebi (sweet shrimp). Each sushi was adorned with high quality seafood. The mackeral was unlike any I've tried - not that crazy, pickled mess you get at every other sushi joint. The amaebi, a perfect finale to my meal, was presented with two halves of a fried sweet shrimp head, making it much easier to eat than when fried whole. Don't pay attention to that 3.5 star nonsense. If you're here complaining about the price and the portion size, then maybe you should be going to Tokyo One or something. This is how Japanese food is supposed to be done, and definitely something to try at least once when your wallet isn't empty. If you find yourself next to a large Skecher's shoe store on Voss and Westheimer, know that you are actually moments away from Japan... or at least the most Japenese experience you will have here in the H.
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Ernesto Rodriguez
3 months ago
Good ramen
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Yung Hyun
3 months ago
Looks authentic, feels authentic, and tastes authentic. If there were any place in Houston I would recommend to visitors looking for a great Japanese restaurant; this would be the place. Teppay isn't a hole-in-the-wall but it can appear to be one as it's located between a Sketchers and a comic book store. But once you step inside it feels like you've come to a nice, small Japanese restaurant in Little Tokyo. Anyways, I've had several dishes over several visits such as tempura (fried shrimp + veggies), chicken karaage (fried chicken), zaru soba (buckwheat noodles + dipping sauce), udon (soup + noodles), ramen (shoyu & tonkatsu), and lastly their fresh sushi/sashimi. Seriously, this place is one of my Houston favorites but to expedite this review I'll talk about the sushi and ramen. Their sushi/sashimi has to be one of the best I've had in Houston. The quality and consistency of their sushi is what has me sold as each time it is ordered it comes out fresh (no pungent fishy smell) and delicious (right amount of vinegar rice, wasabi, to fish ratio) no need for soy sauce! My favorite sushi pieces are sake (salmon), saba (mackerel), and ikura (salmon roe). I also consider their ramen to be one of the best in Houston as well. You only have one choice of noodles which are the average wavy ramen noodles, and they have up to three broths but I've only tried the shoyu and tonkatsu. Their shoyu has a nice brown broth with light briny, soy sauce based flavor with little oil deposits on the surface. The tonkatsu has a very creamy, white broth with heavy flavors of pork accompanied by more oil deposits on the surface. Oily isn't a bad thing! It helps to coat the mouth and enhance to flavors of the broth. The ramen is also topped with various items such as spinach, bamboo shoots, naruto, scallions, soft boiled egg, and slice of pork. Overall, Teppay is the place you want to go if you're craving more authentic Japanese foods other than sushi. I recommend anyone and everyone to go try out their food. Prices vary between $10-15 per plate. Side note: the customer service is polite but can be very slow especially during peak dinning hours on Friday nights and weekends. It's best to go before of after (30 mins to close) rush dining hour times.
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Annie Song
9 months ago
Authenticity and freshness are the two things I look for at a Japanese restaurant and Teppay has both. It's definitely not the most glamorous Japanese restaurant in Houston but the food is amazing. Great selection of sashimi, fresh uni included, a vast menu of both cooked and raw rolls and one of my personal favorite, ramen! The chashu is cooked and charred to perfection and the broth is just right. Yummy!
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Dr. Adam Weglein
5 months ago
love this place !!! we go there atleast 3 times a week and it seems that so many others do!
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Jerry Orantes
2 years ago
So the ambience is very Japanese.... Service not so.... If you decide to order appetizers, expect to get them after your entré and before your desert.... Could be a Japanese custom but in don't know. Sushi was decent, but no refills on water and the tuna sashimi is like chewing on jerky. We won't be back.