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How do you roll? Here are five tongue-tingling and eye-catching suggestions for savory sushi now!

Nara sushi

1. Sushi aficionados are smiling. MF Sushi (5887 Westheimer Road, 832.530.4321) has finally reopened after a fire destroyed it in December. Sit at the dramatic sushi bar and watch master chef Chris Kinjo whip up beautiful, multifaceted Japanese creations. Try the Osaka box-style makimono with spicy tuna, salmon, scallions and sriracha sauce.

2. Chef Donald Chang’s still-new Korean eatery, Nara (in West Ave., 281.249.5944), proffers inventive specialty rolls presented in eight perfect bites. The salmon truffle roll is gorgeous with Scottish salmon, black tiger shrimp and cucumber glossed with truffle oil. Also popular is the signature Nara roll with prime rib.

3. Sushi shrine Kata Robata (3600 Kirby Drive, 713.526.8858) is known for its freshness and impeccable presentation. At happy hour, find specials on rolls like the Rock ’n’ Roll nestled with tempura shrimp. Other delicacies include the Tropical Spicy Tuna roll with fresh mango and wasabi vinaigrette.

4. Anything at inventive Uchi (904 Westheimer Road, 713.522.4808) is a treat. The Bond makimono is layered with avocado, sun dried tomato and salmon. Or how about Ham & Eggs with pork belly, yolk custard and espelette?

5. Uptown Sushi (1131 Uptown Park Blvd., #14, 713.871.1200) is known for fusion and inside-outside sushi rolls. The eight-piece Lickety Split starring soft shell crawfish is a favorite. And the green Tabasco-topped Godzilla is spicy, with jalapenos, fresh salmon and onions.