Asian fusion restaurant Musume opens in Downtown Fort Worth

By scott@360westmagazine.comJune 29, 2023July 4th, 2023No Comments

Asian fusion restaurant Musume opens inside Sandman Signature Hotel in Downtown Fort Worth

By Scott Nishimura

The contemporary Asian fusion and sushi restaurant, Musume, has opened inside the Sandman Signature Hotel at 810 Houston St. in Downtown Fort Worth.

Musume’s menu comprises sushi and sashimi made with fresh fish flown in daily from Japan; small and large plates; vegetarian and vegan; salads; tempura; tableside ramen; and multi-course Omakase selections curated by Chef Yuzo Toyama.

The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The breakfast menu contains classics (Koji steak and eggs and eggs-and-bacon), and Toyama’s twists such as mochi waffle and the avocado toast, with edamame, egg, mixed greens and roasted tomato.

Lunch moves into a mix of sushi, bento boxes, noodles, rice dishes, and — for finicky tastes — salads, burgers and sandwiches. Omakase is also available at lunch.

The dinner menu includes:

  • Grilled lamb lollipops rubbed with shoyu gari sauce and a Thai basil reduction
  • Black cod misozuke marinated for 72 hours in sweet miso
  • Duck leg confit cured in five-spices and plum wine hoisin reduction
  • Citrus-seared diver scallops wok-fired with brussels sprouts, blood orange, yuzu, and crispy bacon
  • Basil-steamed red snapper marinated in kuromame hakko broth and topped with jumbo lump crab
  • Robusuta roll with lobster, pressed avocado, tempura shrimp, hot garlic butter, and cajun dip
  • Butcher block with Musume’s finest collection of globally sourced, top-quality steaks and chops

The beverage menu includes more than 50 labels of premium sake, more than 60 offerings of Japanese whisky, “extensive wine list,” and craft cocktails. Musume’s cocktail bar The Lounge at Musume offers a bar menu.

The Sandman is inside the historic 103-year-old, 20-story W.T. Waggoner Building that originally housed Continental National Bank. The minimalist décor offers “tranquil” Japanese gardens, Zen lighting, Shinto red walls, gilded artwork, izakaya-style seating, “floating” banquettes, private dining rooms, and tatami room inside the building’s original bank vault, with sunken seating beneath the floor and origami cranes overhead.

Musume, which means “daughter” in Japanese, is part of the Rock Libations restaurant group owned by Dallas locals Josh Babb and Sean Clavir. Toyama, a native of Shizuoka, Japan, has more than 20 years’ in traditional Japanese culinary arts, most recently serving as executive chef at Yuzo Sushi Tapas in Oklahoma City.