A child, bored waiting for his group's feast to arrive, spun the large Lazy Susan at the center of one of the large round tables. He didn't have to wait long, though. Meat and seafood dishes soon obscured the table's surface. His eyes were as big as the ornate platter bearing whole fish. The boy wielded his chopsticks quickly, but not fast enough to save him from his mother's gentle scolding. It is this familiarity that makes Genroku comfortable and the extensive menu tempting.

Take the sweet basil and periwinkle meat dish or the adventurous pig tripe and pickled mustard green soup. At this restaurant, these exotic choices seem almost de rigueur.

For those interested in the "safer options" like the beef and scallion, the premiere dish at Genroku is the basil chicken, a national dish. It is the one item that should be ordered by all who come to the restaurant. Served in the wok it was cooked in, the basil chicken offered a little of everything—crunchy basil, hints of sweetness after the forward savory, tender bone-in poultry, piquancy from the chopped ginger and pronounced star anise flavor. The mixture of soy sauce, rice wine and sesame oil binds the food into a confederation of grub, one that typifies Genroku.

Tastes from Taiwan, China and Japan blend deliciously at Genroku.
Sara Kerens
Tastes from Taiwan, China and Japan blend deliciously at Genroku.

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Genroku Sushi & Grill

400 N. Greenville Ave., 8
Richardson, TX 75081-6202

Category: Restaurant > Sushi

Region: Richardson & Vicinity

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Genroku Sushi & Grill Yellowtail sushi $4.50 Eel sushi $4.50 Sea urchin $6.50 Wasabi flying fish roe $4.25 Red snapper sashimi $9.50 Mackerel sashimi $8.25 Hot and sweet roll $10.95 Calamari roll $10.95 Sea clam soup $4.50 Cold duck palm $4.50 Pig tripe and picked mustard green soup $4 Basil and periwinkle meat $8 Beef with scallion $7.50 Basil chicken $7.75

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This should not be surprising. Taiwan was under Japanese rule in the early 20th century. While that time was by no means a happy one, your experience at Genroku, whether thematically Japanese, Taiwanese or an amalgamation of the two, will be.

Genroku Sushi & Grill 400 N. Greenville Ave., Richardson, 972-783-8688. www.genrokusushi.com. Open 11 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-10:15 p.m. Friday-Sunday. $-$$
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