Looking for high-end and soulful sushi in Dallas
I live in Austin, home of the outstanding Uchi. I lived in LA for 10 years prior, so when I needed to take a group of clients to dinner last week in Dallas and heard Nobu had a place there, I figured it would be great. I was wrong. The service was terrible, the food was good but not incredible, and the ambience (pulsing club music???) was distracting.
I'm going back in a few weeks and want to find a place with great sushi prepared and served with soul (as opposed to the assembly line character of Nobu's omakase menu).
If you are looking for "high-end" sushi the caliber of Uchi, though my previous dinners at Uchi were not all that memorable, I would suggest Yutaka in Uptown. A word of caution though, be prepared to wait as the restaurant is tiny and there is no bar area. If you are with a group, it may be a better bet to go to Tei-Tei on Henderson. While you will have a long wait there as well, the restaurant does have a good bar.
My favorite is Teppo. It used to be owned by the same guy as Tei Tei, but he sold Tei Tei and Teppo to his second-in-commands at the respective restaurants. Omakase at Teppo is very fine and there isn't as much of a scene there as Tei Tei.
Sushi Sake is also excellent, but can be a bit iffy on service. It's best to sit at the sushi bar if you want to order several times over the meal rather than all at once. Even then, I've had service be iffy when I wanted another beer or some more sashimi. That being said, the food is wonderful.