The first permanent location of the sushi hand roll pop-up Norigami will open Sept. 21 near Rice Village at 2715 Bissonnet St., West University Place.
Launched in 2021 by the Hidden Group—the owners of Hidden Omakase and Sushi by Hidden—Norigami has appeared at various locations in a monthlong pop-up format. The new West U location will feature an intimate dining area and speakeasy-style bar that will both seat 24 guests, according to a Sept. 19 news release.
The kitchen will be led led by Chef Jimmy Kieu, who also leads the Sushi by Hidden concept in Rice Village and will bring his sushi preparation expertise to the new venture. Menu options will include appetizers, such as salmon crudo with Asian pear, agua chile and micro celery; and the steak and eggs with pickled red onions, creamy steak sauce, quail egg, caviar and toast. Hand roll options include yellowtail with cucumber and agua chile; spicy scallops with chili garlic aioli, yuzu tobiko and avocado; and toro featuring jicama and fried leeks.

The speakeasy bar, called Hidden Bar, will offer signature cocktails and a selection of wine, sake, beer and champagne.

“We are excited to bring the Norigami concept to a permanent location in Houston,” Kieu said in a statement. “After doing pop-ups for a while, now more Houstonians will be able to experience what we have to offer.”

Norigami’s interior is designed to "embody the essence of Tokyo’s night strolls through their bustling urban cityscape," according to the release, with an industrial aesthetic, colorful LED lights and origami cranes that hang from the ceiling of Hidden Bar.