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Jun 27, 2007 10:26 AM

Asian restaurants in Dallas downtown/uptown area?


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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  1. 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. 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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      1. re: adkim

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

        1. re: Analisas mom

          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. . .

          1. re: Analisas mom

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

        2. 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. 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.

            1. 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.