MF Sushi Chefs Open Unique Lobster & Ceviche Restaurant in Montrose

MF Lobster & Ceviche

When you think of some of Houston’s top sushi chefs, Chris Kinjo of MF Sushi will likely come to mind. With the debut of a brand-new restaurant in the Montrose area, he’s likely to continue solidifying his reputation as an expert in all kinds of seafood. MF Lobster & Ceviche, a partnership with chef Miguel Alvarez, whom Kinjo has worked with for 24 years, opens today at 3711 Autry Park, the address of a mixed-use development with the same name near Shepherd and Allen Parkway. 

MF Sushi chef and owner Chris Kinjo with Miguel Alvarez of forthcoming MF Lobster & Ceviche
MF Sushi chef and owner Chris Kinjo with Miguel Alvarez of forthcoming MF Lobster & Ceviche. Photo by Alex Montoya.

MF Lobster & Ceviche is a unique restaurant, even down to the round-shaped building that houses it. Michael Hsu Office of Architecture designed the rotunda structure mainly of glass, Western Red Cedar and steel. It offers a six-seat bar made of onyx, a dining room that seats 65 and a wood-decked, dog-friendly patio that seats an additional 60. When springtime rolls around, the plan is to provide live music outside. 

MC2 Architects, located in Houston, designed the interior. Some of the visual treats of the restaurant include round, blue porcelain tiles to mimic the overall restaurant shape, floor-to-ceiling windows, booths made of black walnut and a 15-foot steel sculpture in the center of the dining room constructed as a nod to Autry Park’s sprawling oak trees. 

Lobster roll and housemade chips at MF Lobster & Ceviche
Lobster roll and housemade chips at MF Lobster & Ceviche. Photo by Alex Montoya.

According to a press release, Kinjo was inspired to open it after his frequent travels to New England. The chefs are flying in lobster daily from Maine and other seafood and fish from Japan. The lobster is the centerpiece of dishes ranging from the expected, such as lobster rolls and steamed and grilled whole lobster, to unique creations like Lobster Tacos on handmade tortillas, Lobster Grilled Cheese on sourdough, Brown Butter Lobster Bao and Baked Lobster Tempura Roll.

There’s also lobster ceviche, but that’s where the menu diversifies, offering many other kinds of fish in ceviche preparations, including madai, halibut and hamachi. MF Lobster & Ceviche will offer daily oyster specials, too, and these will also mostly be flown in from the East Coast. 

Lobster mac and cheese at MF Lobster & Sushi in Autry Park
Lobster mac and cheese at MF Lobster & Ceviche in Autry Park. Photo by Alex Montoya.

Good news for this time of year: there are hot dishes that lean towards comfort food, including clam chowder, lobster bisque and mussels. There are also a number of sides geared to complement the aforementioned lobster creations: corn on the cob, housemade chips, coleslaw and lobster mac and cheese

“My vision of this restaurant is to provide a casual and fun atmosphere for diners, but with substance and quality,” said Kinjo via a press release. “We’re excited to welcome the community to Autry Park for a new type of dining experience from our team. I’ve always done high-intensity restaurants, but this one is more laid back, with simple and familiar dishes. This is a place where customers can come and enjoy the park and feel comfortable while enjoying a high-quality meal and drink.”

Cilantro Margarita at MF Lobster & Ceviche
Cilantro Margarita at MF Lobster & Ceviche. Photo by Alex Montoya.

On the drink side are nearly 20 cocktails, some of which are specifically intended to go well with seafood. These include the Cilantro Margarita, Spicy Cucumber Martini, Blackberry Bourbon Smash and the Glass Noodle, made with coconut liqueur, pineapple, cucumber and sesame oil. The spirits collection heavily features the darker kind: bourbon and whiskey, including Japanese whisky. Wine lovers aren’t left out, as there’s a selection of red, white and sparkling varieties available by the glass or bottle. 

MF Lobster & Ceviche joins Annabelle Brasserie from Benjamin Berg’s Berg Hospitality and husband-and-wife chef team Kirthan and Kripa Shenoy’s Auden as the third restaurant in Autry Park. It is only one of two restaurants from Kinjo and Alvarez opening there, but details on the second haven’t been revealed. Berg also has a second restaurant coming to Autry Park called Turner’s Cut, and additional expected food-and-drink businesses are Lick Honest Ice Creams, Japanese restaurant Doko and a companion cocktail place called Bar Doko.

MF Lobster & Ceviche’s hours are from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s not serving lunch yet, but there are plans to do so in the future. While MF Lobster & Ceviche doesn’t take reservations, per se, it does offer a waitlist via OpenTable. Self-parking is available in the Autry Park garage, and there’s also complimentary (gratuity only) valet. 

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