MF Sushi Owner & Chef Readies Two New Restaurants in Montrose

MF Sushi managing partner, Dung "Lang" Nguyen with chef-owner Chris Kinjo

Chef and owner Chris Kinjo of MF Sushi (the MF stands for “magic fingers,” you see) in the Museum District and Ume in the Heights has selected the Autry Park development in Montrose for his next two restaurants — and neither is a sushi restaurant. One will be MF Lobster & Ceviche, while the other is Annam, “a Vietnamese and French inspired restaurant and wine bar.” Both are slated to open in the fall.

The rotunda at Autry Park slated as the home of forthcoming MF Lobster & Ceviche
The rotunda at Autry Park slated as the home of forthcoming MF Lobster & Ceviche. Photo by Alex Montoya.

MF Lobster & Ceviche

Kinjo’s seafood concept, created with chef Miguel Alvarez, who he’s worked with for 23 years, will be in a unique, round building — according to a press release, the only round restaurant in Houston — surrounded by oak trees in Autry Park’s green space. As hinted at by the name, MF Lobster & Ceviche will specialize in fresh Maine lobster, delivered daily, and, obviously, ceviche. The fish used for the latter will depend on what’s seasonal and available, but could include lobster, halibut, scallop, shrimp, and swordfish.

The lobster selections will go beyond buttery whole tails and claws. It will pop up in dishes such as lobster ravioli with handmade pasta, lobster tacos with mango salsa and avocado aioli and lobster bao with brown butter and chive, and more.

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.

The building, which is being referred to as a “pod,” constructed as part of the Autry Park development and designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture. A representative said there was always the intent of it being used as a restaurant. MF Lobster & Ceviche will seat 65 and be outfitted with an eight-seat bar, as well as a patio that seats 30.

Annam

The second restaurant, Annam, represents perhaps an even larger departure from the sushi that Kinjo is known for than MF Lobster & Ceviche. Annam, which will be located on the ground floor of Hanover Autry Park, is billed as “a restaurant and wine bar concept serving Vietnamese-inspired tapas with a French twist”. The name refers to French-ruled IndoChina — now part of Vietnam — and means “pacified south”  in Chinese.

For this restaurant, Kinjo is working with his managing partner, Dung “Lang” Nguyen. Dishes will feature ingredients from around the world and include yellow fin tuna and Banana Leaf Steamed Sea bass with Vermicelli.

Annam will seat 56, and features include a 16-seat bar and covered patio. MC2, which designed MF Sushi, will take design cues from French-influenced Vietnamese culture. Houston-based , the same firm behind the interiors at MF Sushi, will take the lead on interiors for both projects.

“We love the Autry Park area, working with the team at Hanover and Rebees, and the bespoke aspect of the project,” said Kinjo via a press release. “We wanted to be a part of what we feel like is a special development to the city of Houston’s dining scene.”

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