Mizu Steak & Sushi has a beautiful view of the Texas hillcountry, but you’re going to have to drive for it.
The happy hour runs from 5-7 and features discounted dishes, $5 wines, $4 “premium wells,” and a couple of discounted beers. The specialty cocktails are truly special, but they’re still full-price.
Some Yelp reviewers will tell you that Mizu has the best calamari in town. It’s definitely different- somehow lighter, sweeter, and less tough than any that I’ve ever tried. My photographer for this event, Matthew Blanchard, absolutely loved it.
The spicy edamame, miso sea bass, and sashimi were hands down my favorite dishes.
Most sashimi dishes included herbs and fruit. The hamachi crudo was served with ginger pear puree, kumquat, and jalapeño, while the tuna tartar was served with watermelon and stone fruit.
The baked roll (shown above) was very rich. It contained everything from cream cheese to spicy aioli.
By the time dessert rolled around, I was convinced that I was going to die (we were stuffed)! It was worth risking death to taste the delicious cinnamon ice cream that accompanied the warm brandied bread pudding.
Chocolate cake was a hit with the crowd, but I was more fascinated by the banana nutella cake.
As you can see, I went up a pants size on this particular night.
The takeaway: Mizu has a great happy hour, gorgeous view, and a LOT of flat screens (if sports are your thing). The calamari is a must-try, as is the edamame. The quality is better than the downtown sushi joints, so if you feel like taking a scenic drive, try them out!
Original photos by Matt Blanchard