New Sushi by Hidden restaurant will have you in and out in 30 minutes

From the team behind Hidden Omakase, the new Rice Village spot will serve a speedy 12 pieces of sushi for 10 guests at a time.

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Sushi by Hidden will open Dec. 5 in Houston's Rice Village.

Sushi by Hidden will open Dec. 5 in Houston's Rice Village.

Jenn Duncan

Fine-dining restaurants have often made use of timed seatings, booting diners out—in the most polite way, of course—after two to three hours for the next round of guests. Next week, a new sushi experience in Houston will have you in and out swiftly ... in 30 minutes.

Opening Dec. 5 in Rice Village, Sushi by Hidden is the latest concept from the owners of Hidden Omakase, an acclaimed 14-seat tasting of some of the finest Japanese food in town, led by executive chef Niki Vongthong. This new venture will be headed by chef Jimmy Kieu, and other Hidden Omakase chefs who will rotate.

Sushi by Hidden

Sushi by Hidden

Jenn Duncan
Sushi by Hidden

Sushi by Hidden

Jenn Duncan
Sushi by Hidden

Sushi by Hidden

Jenn Duncan
Sushi by Hidden

Sushi by Hidden

Jenn Duncan
Sushi by Hidden's tasting menu will change daily, depending on what fish is available at the market. (Photos by Jenn Duncan)

The new restaurant's counter seats only 10 people at a time, who will file in and out with the 30-minute timed seatings. The chefs will guide guests through 12 pieces of sushi. The selection will change every day depending on what the team finds fresh at the fish market. Diners can look forward to lean bluefin tuna with chile-garlic, Fuji apple and sanbaizu (rice vinegar flavored with bonito); flounder fin with finger lime and salmon roe marinated in tom yum (a hot and sour soup). The restaurant will also dry its own fish.

Sushi by Hidden will be led by chef Jimmy Kieu.

Sushi by Hidden will be led by chef Jimmy Kieu.

Jenn Duncan

The speedy tasting menu costs $60 per person, and Sushi by Hidden will have a bring-your-own-liquor policy, with a $20 corkage fee for bottles 720ml or larger. The restaurant will begin with dinner service, and add lunch in the future.

Sushi by Hidden will dry its own fish.

Sushi by Hidden will dry its own fish.

Jenn Duncan

The 1,200-square-foot space, on top of the cozy counter, will feature an art gallery at the entrance with NFTs from artists that will rotate quarterly.

Sushi by Hidden was designed by Adam and Brittany Branscum with the Blue Kite building group, while the interior was designed by Rodrigo "Kico" Tovar with rT3.

Sushi by Hidden was designed by Adam and Brittany Branscum with the Blue Kite building group, while the interior was designed by Rodrigo "Kico" Tovar with rT3.

Sushi by Hidden

Sushi by Hidden joins other stellar Japanese restaurants in Houston, and the list is only growing. Aya Sushi opened in Bellaire in September. And others that have been around for a while like Uchi, Kata Robata, Shun Japanese Kitchen, Soto, Tobiuo and MF Sushi are all worthy destinations, too.

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