An izakaya is a Japanese pub—think small plates and good drinks. Fittingly, Blackbird Izakaya, a new and attractive spot in the Heights, has become a community hangout of sorts. Friends and families congregate for generous pours of sake and beautifully presented dishes. We started with sashimi: a smoky kelp-cured yellowtail; a hefty cut of bigeye tuna; and a sliced and cured monkfish liver (almost sausage-like). Blackbird’s gyoza are gingery and tart, and their robata are complex: ribeye wrapped around green onions, broomlike enoki mushrooms with pork belly, and marinated chicken thighs with grilled scallions. Rice and noodle bowls (we tried the Foie Hot Pot and Ichiban Don, with uni and salmon roe) were good but less distinctive.
Address: 1221 W. 11th, Houston, TX, 77008
Hours: L & D Tue–Sun.
Last updated: December 10, 2018