Keeper’s Japanese Restaurant

I have mentioned in past reviews that the culinary scene in the Sugar Land area is fairly limited. The list of dining options consist of  one note chain-restaurants, over priced fine dining in town center and restaurants that just fall short of hitting their mark. I believe that there is hope for Sugar Land, and that hope can be found at the corner of Austin Pkwy and Highway 6 across the street from the H.E.B. Depending on how long someone has lived in the area might know the location as, ‘where Demassi’s used to be’ or ‘where The Original Pasta Co. used to be’. Now people will know it as where Keeper’s is.

For most people like myself, sushi is a serious addiction that cannot be done in moderation but indulged, and unfortunately this costs about $50 plus tip. I was aware of sushi happy hours but the time I had to enjoy sushi and sake from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. is gone and replaced with work and being a father. When I heard about the concept of a reverse happy hour,  Having access to low priced but high quality sushi and alcohol at an hour past my son’s bedtime made me feel like the first person to discover fire, it was amazing!!!

The reverse happy hour works just like any other only it is from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.; sushi pieces, rolls, and platters are laid out in groups of flat prices ranging from $1.50 to $8 which helps you keep track of what you are spending.

The sushi chefs are fast and efficient, and if you are sitting at the bar there is almost no wait from when you place the order to enjoying bite after bite of fresh seafood and vinegar rice. As a fan of sushi, nothing makes me happier than seeing a big piece of fresh tuna draped over rice. Though the prices may be reduced the quality and portions stay the same, showing that Keeper’s knows how to keep the customers happy.Though the high quality food is practically flying at you the bar tender is lacking in speed, with a dining room less than 1/4 full, we waited for a good 15 minutes for two orders of the same cocktail. That being said, the selection of drinks was very impressive especially with $2 domestic beers.

Sugar Land foodies should begin to keep an eye out for more of great places like these opening up that serve great food outside of the Town Center area that won’t break the bank before you order an appetizer. Though the only serious strike against Keeper’s is a bar tender with no sense of urgency, remember that a happy hour at a bar is for cocktails and a happy hour at a sushi bar is for sushi.





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