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

By David ArkinAugust 4, 2023September 6th, 2023No Comments


By Scott Nishimura
Photos courtesy of Musume

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 options; salads; tempura; tableside ramen; and multicourse 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 culinary twists from Toyama, such as the 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 a plum wine hoisin reduction
• Citrus-seared dover scallops wok-fired with brussels sprouts, blood orange, yuzu and crispy bacon
• Basil-steamed red snapper with kuromame in a hakko broth, topped with jumbo lump crab
• Robusuta roll with lobster, pressed avocado, tempura shrimp, hot garlic butter and cajun dip
• Butchers Block 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, an extensive wine list, and craft cocktails. Musume’s cocktail bar, The Lounge at Musume, offers a limited bar menu.

The Sandman is inside the historic 103-year old, 20-story W.T. Waggoner Building, which originally housed Continental National Bank. The minimalist decor offers tranquil Japanese gardens, Zen lighting, Shinto red walls, gilded artwork, izakaya-style seating, floating banquettes, private dining rooms and a 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 Dallasites Josh Babb and Sean Clavir.

Toyama, a native of Shizuoka, Japan, has more than 20 years of experience in traditional Japanese culinary arts, most recently as executive chef at Yuzo Sushi Tapas in Oklahoma City.