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Asian restaurants in Dallas downtown/uptown area?

toki Jun 27, 2007 10:26 AM


I'm looking for an asian restaurant (could be Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, etc) to have wedding rehearsal dinner for around 30 people. The out-of-town guests will be staying in downtown Dallas, so we'd like to keep it close to downtown if possible. It seems like better asian restaurants are in plano and richardson. If you were an out-of-town guest, what would you prefer - staying close to where you are staying (asian or not) or driving up to a Plano on Friday evening?

I'm not from this area, so any restaurant recommendation is appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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    ssh RE: toki Jun 27, 2007 11:57 AM

    If price is not critical, Nobu, Steel or Kenichi all are close to downtown and have great food. All 3 are expensive. Tom Tom in the west village may be a bit small, but should be able to do a party for 30 in its outdoor area which can be closed off if the weather is bad. Its very good and moderately priced.

    1. adkim RE: toki Jun 27, 2007 12:39 PM

      This restaurant is not close to downtown (closer than plano/richardson), but they accommodate large groups and special occasions with private dining rooms, etc. The chef is Chinese, but grew up in Korea. You will primarily see lots of Koreans there hence the ban chan. Black bean paste noodles (ja-ja mien (?)) is very popular there. If you go, please report back.


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        Analisas mom RE: adkim Jun 27, 2007 02:24 PM

        try Asian Mint it is Thai and really really great and not to expensive.

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          vktp RE: Analisas mom Jun 27, 2007 03:17 PM

          While I like Asian Mint, it's really more of a fusion place and by the time you've driven that far from downtown, you might as well go another 5 minutes to Richardson.
          I'm guessing an out of town guest would probably prefer to stick close to downtown, unless they had a strong preference for authentic asian cuisine. . .

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            Scagnetti RE: Analisas mom Jul 10, 2007 06:18 AM

            I have been to Asian Mint many times but there is no way they are going to accomodate 30 people in that space.

        2. Webra1 RE: toki Jun 28, 2007 05:52 AM

          You might consider East Wind near downtown. It has a very nice outdoor area as well. It's a bit pricey like Nobu/Steel/Kenichi, but much more quiet and intimate.


          1. Dallas Alice RE: toki Jun 28, 2007 06:31 AM

            Oishii serves serves very good sushi, along with Vietnamese and Chinese dishes -- it's a "fusion" place in the sense that you can get different sorts of asian dishes, not in the sense that any particular dish is a mixture of different asian styles. It's close to downtown (Wycliff at Maple). The owner and sushi chef is the guy who put Steel on the map. It's not a fancy place, but the food is very good and the staff is very friendly and accommodating.

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              Christnp RE: toki Jun 28, 2007 03:12 PM

              If you don't need your own room, then I second the recommendation for East Wind. They are Zagat rated, moderately priced, and have lots of convenient parking. They are rarely crowded, so should give your party good service without attitude, even on a Friday night. Their decor is nice too. www.eastwinddallas.com

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                jindomommy RE: toki Jul 9, 2007 10:06 PM

                You'd have to travel up North for more authentic asian food. The restaurants listed below are okay, but more fusion than authentic. I would cry if my wedding rehearsal dinner was at Oishii. It's really ugly outside. If I had to pick a place that's close enough to downtown and authentic in it's food, I would pick Royal Thai. They would do a beautiful job for a party of 30 and are pretty authentic when it comes to Thai food. The fishcakes are delicious as are the panang curries. It's not as fancy as Steel, Nobu, (have not been to Kenichi). But Steel and Nobu are really fusion, but maybe that's what you want. Also Royal Thai would be reasonably priced. It depends on what you want. It's a favorite restaurant among all the friends that I have introduced it to.

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                  Scagnetti RE: jindomommy Jul 10, 2007 06:21 AM

                  Unless they have changed their policy, Royal Thai DOES NOT take reservations and is really not setup for large groups. I know I tried 3 years ago to have a rehearsal dinner there.

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                    jindomommy RE: Scagnetti Jul 10, 2007 05:28 PM

                    I called to check and the manager said that patio could definitely be arranged, but that for a party of 30 (if you want to be indoors), the person would have to call with details about when the dinner would be. For example, I don't think it would be possible to do a party of 30 indoors on a weekend night. Scagnetti- isn't their food just the best. Did your party to set up your rehearsal dinner prior to their renovation? The food would be authentic and a fraction of the costs at the above mentioned restaurants.

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                      Scagnetti RE: jindomommy Jul 11, 2007 07:45 AM

                      We are long time denizens of Royal Thai and we know Danny, one of the managers, quite well.

                      The patio there was an after thought after the restaurant was built and is just not a good dining space.

                      What we did, and it was a Friday night, was to show up early, early and claim a couple of big tables. They would not reserve them for us. The best thing I did was order for everybody BEFOREHAND so there wasn't all this agnozing over the menu. It was all delicious.

                      As much as I like Royal Thai, there are better places to feed 30 people.

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                  jindomommy RE: toki Sep 13, 2008 10:30 PM

                  Dallas traffic on a Friday is HORRIBLE! Especially going north. I'd stay close by, but you will not get great authentic Asian downtown. My exception is Tei Tei Robata Bar which is a Japanese sushi/small plate restaurant, but it is small and expensive. Steel is probably your best bet and they have a private room. It's a Japanese restaurant that IMO, is overpriced and I believe owned by Vietnamese. For example a plate of fried rice at Steel will cost you about $17, whereas Green Papaya is more like $10. Green Papaya is kind of like a Vietnamese PF Chang's, but it's tasty (also in your area). The decor is not the greatest for your event. Steel is know for their sea bass. It's quite good, just expect to pay a premium for the atmosphere.

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