It’s no secret that Dallasites have a penchant for Japanese food–and so much so, that you can find a good sushi spot in nearly every neighborhood. But the city’s Japanese cuisine scene goes well beyond sushi.
Undoubtedly one of the hottest spots in the city right now is Uchi, a super-sleek restaurant by James Beard award-winning chef Tyson Cole. The menu runs the gamut from elegantly presented platters of sushi and sashimi to innovative specialties like oak-grilled escolar with citrus marmalade.
There’s also Nikkei, a stunning uptown spot showcasing luscious Japanese-Peruvian fare and seriously sophisticated cocktails.
Craving noodles? The head to Wabi House, a modern izakaya-style Japanese restaurant that focuses on exceptional ramen and share plates like chicken karaage and crispy pork ears.
As to Dallas’ very best Japanese joint? It’s a big call. But local Japanophiles swear by Tei-An and for good reason: The Arts District restaurant has consistently earned a five-star rating by restaurant critics since it opened a decade ago. In fact, Tei-An’s owner and chef, Teiichi Sakurai, is responsible for spawning some of the city’s other Japanese hits, including Teppo Yakitori and Tei Tei Robata Bar.
And these don’t even scratch the surface of what’s on offer. Grab your chopsticks and dig in to the other places where you can enjoy sushi, sashimi, ramen and so much more.