Japanese Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Dallas' 10 Best Bowls of Ramen

    Thanks to a seemingly-unstoppable food trend, ramen is no longer those disgusting packets you subsisted on in college. Iterations of the Japanese staple dish have been showing up on menus across Dallas for the past few years, especially as chefs like David Chang drove the dish to national prominence ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    A First Look at Ramen Hakata in Addison

    Coming in, sitting down, scanning the menu, ordering, waiting, eating and finally, satisfactorily patting our bellies while saying "wasn't that good" before going home. This is the order of things, the way we eat out. It is a complacent activity by design. Often, the joy we take in having a meal at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Sushi on McKinney: When an On-and-Off Lover Moves to Plano and Becomes Long Distance

    Dearest SoM, We need to talk. This isn't the first time you've done this to me, SoM. Back in the day (in your first place, which is now a Chipotle), I was a like a groupie, enduring a sub-par restroom situation just to sit on your teensy patio and eat your delicious sushi at relatively reasonable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Sushi Restaurant to open in Trinity Groves, Italian in Bishop Arts

    The latest stage in Phil Romano's quest to take over the culinary universe is the planned opening of Sushi Bayashi, a casual sushi bar. Late last night, the Morning News scooped the latest addition to the gamut of fine dining at Trinity Groves. Romano is describing it as "an everyday kind of sushi b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Checking In On The Newly Remodeled Oishii

    Everything looks settled in at Oishii. The Oak Lawn restaurant had been closed for nearly a year after a fire damaged the dining room and neighboring Sal's pizza. But while a year-long closure is surely tough on a business, the neighborhood favorite pan-Asian spot looks all the better for it, now. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Tei-An's Teiichi Sakurai Will Open a Tiny Ramen Shop in Silvan Thirty, Is Awesome

    Dallas was long-protected from the ramen craze until Tanoshii Ramen Bar set up shop in Deep Ellum. Now a second is already on the way. Carol Shih at Sidedish reported that Teiichi Sakurai, the owner of Tei-An, planned to open a fish market at Sylvan|Thirty, but apparently he's pivoted. Instead he's ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 28, 2013

    Tanoshii Rode the Ramen Wave to Dallas and Crashed

    A popular trend noodles its way into Dallas' dining scene. Watch out for undercurrents.

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    They're Building a Football Field-Long Sushi Roll at AT&T Stadium to Fight Hunger

    The North Texas Food Bank is heading into the holiday season with a novel event: the construction and consumption of a 100-yard-long sushi roll at AT&T Stadium. On November 20, Legends Hospitality and Chef Yutaka Yamato, of Yutaka Sushi Bistro and lead sushi chef of concessions at Legends, will ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Toko V Brings Noodles and Sushi to Highland Park Village Tomorrow

    The transformation of the old Village Marquee space will be completed with the opening of Toko V on Thursday. The renovation and re-branding marks the third attempt to open a successful restaurant in the space in less than three years. Earlier this August, the downstairs half of the renovation was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Tanoshii Ramen and Bar, a New Late-Night Noodle Bar, Opens Next Week in Deep Ellum

    Dallas' first exclusive ramen restaurant, Tanoshii Ramen Bar (2724 Commerce), will open next Tuesday, September 24, its owners have announced. Joey and Chi Le also own Wicked Po'Boys in Richardson and in the Preston Center. Now they're turning their attention to house-made noodles and "late-nigh ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 12, 2013

    Enticed by Sushi Sake

    Takashi Soda's sushi restaurant isn't perfect, but it's seduced a lot of fans.

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    I Tried the Natto at Fort Worth's Little Lilly Sushi, and Now It's Your Turn

    By chance have you heard of Natto? The Japanese delicacy hasn't enjoyed much popularity in the States, possibly because the few people who tried it were so horrified they never spoke of the experience again. If you need evidence of the challenges of eating natto, just head over to YouTube and watch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Dallas' Five Best Sushi Restaurants

    I've destroyed a lot of sashmi in the last year, and I've come to believe that Dallas is an exceptional city for sushi eaters. While I wish there was a bit more innovation and culinary artistry -- I've not had anything here in Dallas that tops the meal I had at Uchi last summer -- the quality of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Redneck Sushi -- A Guide to Triple-Fusion

    Now, let's say you want to combine the heavy, meat-based joys of barbecue with the relatively light, raw fish-based delights of sushi. You're clearly having a boring day. Nothing's gone right for you so far. You tried combining Vietnamese and Mexican food. That fell down at the pho burrito. Korean a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    50 Percent of Seafood Sold in Texas Mislabeled, New Oceana Study Reports

    Oh, Dallas. Something is fishy at our sushi restaurants. Katharine Shilcutt at the Houston Press has been digging through a new Oceana Study, and it doesn't say very nice things about the sushi we're eating. That snapper you covet, sumptuously draped over carefully seasoned and packed rice, may ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    If You Haven't Stopped Into Kazy's Recently, You Really Should

    When I was sitting at the bar at Lucia, slurping down exceptional hand-made pasta dressed in a creamy sea urchin sauce and garnished with salty, toasted breadcrumbs, I asked chef David Uygur where he got the uni. The chef gave me a sort of surprised and sarcastic look as he told me Kazy's up in Rich ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Firexbox Doesn't Ignite the Taste Buds -- or Other Body Parts, Luckily

    You'd think that there's no way that Firexbox could be the name of a restaurant, but you'd be wrong. When I first saw it, I thought, "Surely there's just a typeface issue here with their logo and they mean Fire Box with chopsticks in the middle and that design element just went wrong." But, nope. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Monica Greene's Nueva Cocina Opens This Evening: Will Serve Sushi

    We first told you about Monica Greene's departure from Aca y Alla to open up a restaurant in Oak Cliff just before summer. Now the restaurateur has released new details about the space on Cedar Springs Road that will have a soft opening this evening, with a grand opening scheduled August 7. Nueva ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Real Japan at Mr. Max

    With blacked-out windows and a big sign with an ambiguous name that could be a front for anything, Mr. Max may not look like much from the outside, but step through the doors and you're transported to the other side of the globe.

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    The Cheap Bastard at Chaucer's, the Land of Sushi, Drawbridges and Hooters Rejects

    Creepy business dudes drooling on servers count: 8 Bard count: 0 Chaucer's Sushi & Grill came up several times when I internetted "cheap sushi Dallas." So I checked out their website, and let me tell you, the Chaucer's website is more amazing than any website I have ever seen or will ever see. It i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Moon Wok: It's Not Bad, You Know It, It's Not Really, Really Bad

    She says she wanted to try the food, but we think Cheap Bastard stopped by Moon Wok just to have an excuse to break out her fedora, single white glove and sequined ruby dancing shoes. You can find the place at 8670 Skillman St., 214-221-8888. Times I drove by and said to myself, "Ha. Moon Wok," bef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Jiro Dreams of Sushi: A Must-See Doc For Every Food Lover (and Especially Chefs)

    "Always strive to master your craft." The closing words of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which opens today at the Magnolia and Angelika Theaters, would make sound advice for any trade. But thrust upon the shokunin, the master sushi chef, they invoke a certain umami for the soul that's as inspiring as it is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Private | Social | Ramen! | Oh.

    My first run-in with Private Social came just after the restaurant, helmed by Top Chef alum Tiffany Derry released its lunch menu. I noticed the noodles right away. Leslie Brenner and I had been begging Dallas for a proper Japanese noodle house, but it has never materialized. Perhaps a decent hot bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    A Sushi Roll Goes to Space (Video)

    A Washington, DC-based sushi chain recently released a promotional video about shooting a sushi roll into space. Getting sushi into the stratosphere should be easy enough. A weather balloon was used to take a chair into space for a very similar commercial. Still, the video seemed a little fishy. ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Sushi & Rice Express: Alice Drives Through Like Evel Knievel's Bastard Child

    ​Sushi & Rice Express 8131 Forest Lane 214-575-7090 Other cars in the drive-through count: 0 Wet towels air-drying right next to the drive-through menu count: 50 Drive-throughs? Good. Sushi? Goooood. Put them together and you have Sushi & Rice Express. I slow-clap my chopsticks at you, Sushi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Sushi Star: Just a Happy Little Neighborhood Sushi Bar

    ​Happy Eating highlights restaurant happy hour food menus, pointing you to the best deals out there. This week, we're doing happy hour neighborhood restaurant-style at Sushi Star. Where: 5956 Royal Lane When: 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday The Scene: This is Preston Hollow's quiet neighbo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Ku Sushi and Japanese Cuisine: Ringside at Sushi Night Fight

    The fried egg atop Ku's Dolsot Bi Bim Bop wasn't the only thing that sizzled.​No date with a guy last week. Instead, I went to dinner with two of my girlfriends at Ku Sushi and Japanese Cuisine. The sushi restaurant ranks as one of my friend's and her husband's favorite Preston and Forest neig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Oishii Renames Beloved Off-Menu Sushi Roll

    The first thing one receives at Oishii Sushi & Pan-Asian Cuisine is a large laminated menu and paper menu overflowing with sushi options. But if you sit at the sushi bar, there's a small, wall-mounted chalkboard above the chopping and dicing sushi chefs. The very top of that chalkboard reads #42, an ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 10, 2011
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    January 31, 2011

    Ramen Republic: New Denton Eatery Isn't an Authentic Noodle House, but It's Not Bad

    ​"Dallas, huh?" a Michigander friend asked me upon hearing I'd moved here. "Bet you don't get much sushi." Actually, I corrected him, there's extraordinary sushi here. Sushi's the perfect fit for Dallas, a city with a bustling airport, a growing Asian and Asian-American population and an affe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    It's Axiomatic: Good, Inexpensive Sushi Makes Us Happy

    ​Each week, Happy Eating highlights a different restaurant happy hour food menu. This week we are in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood to check out a Dallas sushi hot spot. Where: Sushi Axiom, 2323 North Henderson Ave. When: 4:30-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Scene: Happy hour time is quiet and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    On a Roll: Exactly What is Big D's Defining Sushi?

    Ooo, you're so fancy, Philadelphia. ​The Dallas Fish Market, which offers discounted sushi to downtowners on Sundays and free sushi to everybody on Wednesdays, is now promoting its late-night sushi menu: A selection of specialty rolls, including the Dallas roll, is available until 2 a.m. on Fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    The Tale of the Blind-Date Ambush at Benihana

    ​On Benihana's website it asks: "What did you do last night?" Well I have two additional questions. When was the last time you ate at Benihana? And when was the last time you went on a business lunch disguised as a blind date? My answer to the first question is too long ago. I forget about Ben ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Sake Industry Urges Dallas Diners to Pair Rice Wine With Steak

    Sake's not just for sushi, according to the latest promotion by the sake industry. "It's a world class drink, not just something that goes down hot at a Japanese restaurant," says Linda Kawabata of the Akita Sake Promotion and Export Council, which is hosting a tasting event in Dallas next Monday. ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 2, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Underground Sushi: Tuna Rolls in the Tunnels

    When I first moved to Dallas, and was trying to figure out my neighborhood's food scene, my online research kept pointing me toward Kuai, a dumpling joint on Elm Street. Hanna Raskin​I scoured Elm Street, but couldn't find it. I had no idea then that the restaurant was beneath me, tucked into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Want a Taste of Japan? Go West, Young Diner.

    Photo by Hanna RaskinUdon worth a trip to Irving​Japanese celebrities locate the DFW's epicenter at the crossing of Belt Line and Rochelle roads in Irving. That's the intersection that's home to three authentic-leaning Japanese restaurants, including Mr. Max, an izakaya around which traveling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Japan House: Overabundance Does Not a Good Meal Make

    ​I really wanted to like Japan House. Upon first glance, I was in love. The staff is incredibly friendly, the dining area is modern, and the spread looks vast and promising. Because of all the above, it's difficult for me to write what I'm about to write. Located off of 75 in Plano, Japan Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Sharuku Sake Lounge Gets Refit Because Dallasites Not Sake Fans

    Belly up to the bar, cowboys and girls.​Dallas diners aren't sake drinkers. So says Yutaka Sushi Bistro's Yutaka Yamato, who's rejiggering his Sharuku Sake Lounge to better accommodate local tastes. "I tried to sell sake because it's a Japanese restaurant, but it doesn't work well," Yamato s ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 15, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Sushi Star in Preston Hollow Shines With Far More Than Sushi

    ​My friend, Song Wii, owns Sushi Star Restaurant in Preston Hollow. I worry about him. Having watched my father work 12 hours a day behind a hot wok for years, I understand too well the pressures of running a restaurant. Unless impending bankruptcy or a natural disaster forces a restaurant to ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 20, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    For This Week's Appetite for Instruction, Sushi Purists Need Not Apply

    Photos by Sarah Johnson ​Beef Tataki Roll Demonstrated by Chef Atsushi Koda of RA Sushi Sushi, sushi, sushi. You either love or hate the Japanese concoction of seaweed, rice, and whatever else is thrown in there. If you're fond of it, then you'll be happy to know that Appetite for Instruction is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Return to Sushi Yama: Enough with the Sushi--Bring on the Chicken Gizzards

    ​I look back in regret at the first time I ever tried sushi.During one of my visits to Taiwan as a teenager, my part-Japanese auntie took us to a sushi restaurant. Taiwan was a Japanese colony for 50 years, and when the Japanese left, they left behind much of their culture, including a food influe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    It's Not Vegas or Taiwan, but You can Get Some Authentic Japanese Food at Sushi Yama

    ​While DFW boasts significant Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese populations, one is hard pressed to find more than the random Japanese person every now and then, much less an authentic Japanese restaurant. Most sushi restaurants in our area are owned by either Vietnamese or Korean proprietors.Unles ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 18, 2010
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    December 7, 2009

    How 'Bout Them Knockers: Sushi World

    ​Each week in 'Knockers' we order from a different delivery restaurant, assessing their efficiency and keeping a running score.Sushi World1001 Ross214-999-6050Promised Delivery Time: "between 15 and 20 minutes" Actual Delivery Time: 20 minutes Scoring summary: Easy online ordering: 0 Estimated d ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 19, 2009
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    October 13, 2009

    Veggie Guy: NAAN

    ​Ok--I'll admit it. The Shops at Legacy are pretty cool. Now if only they weren't all the way up in freakin' Oklahoma...erm...I mean Plano. I met up with my vegan buddy Drew at Legacy NAAN last week, where he'd set up a multiple-course vegan food tasting. It's located in the "old side [of the sh ... More >>

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