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Tei-An

1722 Routh St.
Dallas, TX 75201
214-220-2828
Critics' Pick
Best Of
Tei-An +

Kathy Tran

Details

  • Sun-Thur 11:30am-2pm, 6pm-10:30pm, Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm, Sat 5:30pm-10:30pm
  • $$; $$$
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair accessible, Takeout
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Metered Parking, Street Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
The most influential figure on the Dallas dining scene might be Teiichi Sakurai, who is doing his best to build one of America’s best Japanese food markets. Sakurai’s previous restaurants, Teppo and Tei Tei Robata, are both still open and still outstanding, and his ramen shop Ten is a cult favorite. But Tei-An is his masterpiece, one of the few restaurants in America to make its own soba noodles from scratch. The soba is spectacular however you try it, from plain noodles with a trio of dipping sauces in bowls to a “bolognese” riff that bridges the gap between Japan and Italy. Tei-An flies in fresh seafood daily straight from Tokyo, making sushi and sashimi essential orders. Tasting menus offer a good chance to try everything, including the excellent tempura. If one course is garnished with shrimp heads, expect to see the heads again later, fried.

Top pick: If you don’t save room for a bowl of black sesame mousse for dessert, then you’ll just have to go back. It’s this critic’s favorite dessert in Texas, period.

The downside: If you’ve been to Tei-An before, skip the basic tasting menu, a greatest-hits collection of menu staples, and spend more cash on a seasonal menu of Sakurai’s latest inventions.

Fun fact: This isn’t just a local favorite. Tei-An has a glittering reputation over in Japan, too. By the way, don’t miss the most luxurious bathrooms of any restaurant in Dallas.

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