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Best Sushi in Plano/Dallas Area

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kykii Mar 12, 2008 10:32 PM

I'm a Chicago foodie that travels to Plano just about every week. Does anyone have any recommendations for fresh sushi? And I'm not talking about the crazy maki rolls... I enjoy having sashimi - in particular fatty salmon (oh so creamy), toro, chu toro, uni, hamachi, etc.

Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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    foodbevlaw Mar 13, 2008 08:01 AM

    I'm partial to Sushi Sake in Richardson (www.sushi-sake.com). I'd easily put it in the top 5 sushi places in the DFW area.

    Though the name might be used elsewhere, this is a family-owned restaurant - not a chain.

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      Chile Pepper Mar 13, 2008 08:21 AM

      I second this.

    2. irodguy Mar 13, 2008 09:17 AM

      I personally think that Sushi Sake is okay but not any better than Masami. I would personally suggest Masami on 75 & Beltine West of 75.

      In Plano I would suggest Simon's Sushi on 75 & Plano Parkway East side of the 75 near hooters.

      Sushi Awaji on Park East of Preston on the North side of the street is also resonably okay not great but okay.

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        luniz Mar 13, 2008 12:19 PM

        I haven't been to Sushi Sake to compare, but I am also a big fan of Masami. The (cooked) escolar they had last week was out of this world. The specials on the white board have all been very good when I've tried them. I've also heard that Oishii in Dallas is very good but I haven't been able to get down there to try it.

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          gavlist Mar 13, 2008 01:17 PM

          I've been to both, and pretty much agree with irodguy. Overall, the sushi quality is comparable (both good). I think that the service at Masami was better - more attention from both the waitress and from the sushi chefs. Also, I had some more creative (or, at least new to me) dishes at Masami - the cooked escolar that luniz mentioned... I found that the cooking really enhanced the flavor relative to raw escolar. Also we had Kampachi sushi with a very small piece of roasted garlic on top, a tempura snapper-stuffed jalapeno... For me, it's generally about the sushi, but I really enjoyed the non-sushi items that the chef sent our way.

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          Carnivore1 Oct 21, 2008 01:36 PM

          Thanks to everyone who mentioned Simon's Sushi! We went there based on the reviews last week and sat at the bar and spent at least an hour and a half talking to Simon while he gave us random sushi.....great! and so different. Fun experience...we'll be taking friends there soon for sure.

          Thanks again

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          mfindfw Mar 13, 2008 11:37 AM

          For traditional high quality sushi & sashimi in this area you can't bean Sushi Sake. Especially if sitting at the bar in the owners section.

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            Epicurious Esquire Mar 16, 2008 06:39 PM

            I live in Dallas, so I can't comment on Plano sushi.

            Yutaka, which is a tiny, cramped Sushi Bar right off of McKinney Avenue in Uptown, serves what is without a doubt the best sushi in Dallas. It is absolutely out of this world. I've been lucky enough to eat sushi in LA, San Fran, Houston, Key West, NYC and Paris and Yutaka compares favorably.

            Of course, I'm terribly biased to all things Dallas, but I just love Yutaka.

            A close second, and a runaway winner in the ambience/people-watching department, is Tei-Tei. I go at least 2-3 times a month and have done for 6 years now.

            Yum!

            1. air Mar 17, 2008 01:15 PM

              No suggestions for Sushi of Plano? That'd be my pick.
              http://www.sushiofplano.com

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                MarcusB Mar 18, 2008 08:30 AM

                Toshi has great sushi, but the place is a little leary.

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                  demonllama Mar 18, 2008 03:01 PM

                  Well, I would prefer a not so chic place with friendly service over some fancy pants over-priced sushi place. Toshi's sushi is very fresh and its a good price too.

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                    MarcusB Mar 18, 2008 08:31 PM

                    I believe the intent of this thread is to point a Chicago traveller to a place that they can visit solo. I personally have no problem going to Sushi of Plano, Sushiyama or any number of places like that in this town, but I would be hesitant to point an out of town traveller to one.

              2. Scagnetti Mar 18, 2008 07:14 AM

                In Dallas, we really like Teppo's. It's a little funky but the sushi and yakitori are excelent.

                http://www.dallasdinesout.com/restran...

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                  dalaimama Mar 18, 2008 03:19 PM

                  Teppo is also our favorite. We've been going there since it opened and have never had a bad meal. Service can sometimes be a little on the lax side, but it's never rude and you can always snag any of the servers for something you need.

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                    kykii Mar 18, 2008 06:59 PM

                    This place sounds very promising... LOVE yakitori! Sounds like the closest to an isakaya around here...

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                    kykii Mar 18, 2008 06:55 PM

                    Wow! Thanks for all the great suggestions!!! I'll let you guys know what I think when I check some of these places out. :D

                    And thanks for the Plano and Dallas suggestions...

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                      canne Mar 19, 2008 07:56 PM

                      Hands down, Sushi Sake in Richardson.

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                        RobinTX Mar 23, 2008 01:10 PM

                        Japon Steakhouse & Sushi Bar on Preston Road is our favorite!

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                          irodguy Mar 23, 2008 05:10 PM

                          Have you eaten at any of the good sushi bars?

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                            angelfoodmaker Mar 23, 2008 07:32 PM

                            Here is the direct link in Dallas for Tokyo One

                            http://tokyo-one.com/

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                              RobinTX Mar 23, 2008 07:34 PM

                              I have eaten at several in Plano. I take it you do not like Japon. It remains our all time favorite. Kobe Steak and Sushi is new in town and I have not tried it yet, looking forward to it.

                              I can tell you that I will not go back to Osaka Sushi though, to me it was too expensive for what you get, and it was not all that great.

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                                irodguy Mar 23, 2008 08:55 PM

                                I would generally not go to any of the Sushi Buffets. You simply get marginal Sushi. That being said I normally expect to pay about $30 a person for Sushi. There is however one place in Plano that has decent quality Sushi at a reasonable price. It's located to the side of the Chinese market on Coit & Park. They take cash only is the downside. They are not fancy and won't have the really top end items, but are very reasonable

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                                  Scagnetti Mar 24, 2008 07:19 AM

                                  Agreed. AYCE sushi places are to be avoided.

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                                    MarcusB Mar 26, 2008 07:42 PM

                                    Sending someone to a buffet for Sushi is the equivalent to telling that same person the best steak in town is at the Corral.

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                                      irodguy Mar 26, 2008 08:29 PM

                                      Amen

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                                    air Mar 27, 2008 07:23 AM

                                    Generally I'd also agree about AYCE sushi based on experiences with Todai, Tokyo One, and Osaka. I did try out this one place in McKinney called Kiku which isn't amazing or anything, but it's not as bad as the other buffets I've visited. Any other 'hounds been there?

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                                      luniz Mar 27, 2008 07:45 AM

                                      I've been twice, air. First time was for dinner on a Friday night and it really surprised me. Tuna and salmon sashimi were good...not outstanding but you know, it is a buffet and all. It was a good opportunity to get a bunch of sashimi and a bunch of maki that I'd probably never order otherwise. Went back a couple months later about a month ago for lunch on Friday. Sushi was not at the same level, more of the drier, been sittin out a bit variety although not inedible or gross or anything...just not the higher quality it had been the previous time, even though it was turning over pretty fast. Less sashimi too since it was lunch (a few bucks cheaper). It really did surprise me the first time. So I need one more visit to really see where I'll rate it. If I can get a plateful of good sashimi and a bunch of fun, tasty rolls that I wouldn't normally get, plus a bit of salad, it's a good deal for $20.

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                                        MarcusB Mar 27, 2008 08:02 AM

                                        Kiku is good for what it is, a buffet. I'm not expecting fresh from the ocean sushi there, but it's good enough for the price point.

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                                          pizzaQTpie Apr 4, 2008 08:17 AM

                                          Ok i confused. Why would ANYONE eat sushi at this place after reading theses comments...
                                          Quote from MarcusB "I'm not expecting fresh from the ocean sushi there..."
                                          Quote from luniz " Sushi was not at the same level, more of the drier, been sittin out a bit..."
                                          Buffet or not, why would you mess with mediocre sushi and say you'd go back????

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                              angelfoodmaker Mar 23, 2008 07:30 PM

                              Sushi Sake down here in Austin is fair not my favorite if it is the same in Dallas area. Best in Dallas Addison I would say is Tokyo One all you can eat. I make trips up there just for that place.

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                                irodguy Mar 23, 2008 08:58 PM

                                There are any number of Sushi bars that are far better than Tokyo One. There rice is generally poor quality and Sushi is just barely passable. There are many other threads on here detailing out much better alternatives.

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                                  xileas Mar 25, 2008 09:31 AM

                                  Sushi Sake on Collins!!! i had tokyo one the other day....seems that some of the sushi sits on the buffet lines to long..and i dont know about using the same tongs to pick up 2-3 different types of raw fish seems like a cross contamination hazard to me, been there once and dont plan on going back. ill just still with sushi sake..the yellow tail there is the best in dallas i say

                              2. kingofkings Mar 25, 2008 12:47 PM

                                Nakamo at 75 and Parker or Sushi Inaka at Coit and Legacy.

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                                  irodguy Mar 26, 2008 07:58 AM

                                  Nakamoto was good 20 years ago but there are many far better alternatives today. If you liked them before then go to Simon's Sushi 75 near hooters. Simon was their head sushi chef for years.

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                                  mschicago Apr 3, 2008 09:00 PM

                                  We're ex Chicago foodies who moved to Dallas a year ago. We have been sorely disappointed with the sushi here, but there are a couple of redeeming dives... There's a small food court restaurant called Sushi House at the NE corner of Coit and Park in Plano. Excellent sashimi and great prices. Trust me. It's the closest to Chi-town quality sushi you'll get here. The other is "To Go" only grocery store made sushi that is called Seabose at the SW corner of Trinity Mills and Marsh in North Dallas. Good luck!

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                                    donnaaries Apr 3, 2008 09:45 PM

                                    Seabose is definitely a perennial chowhound favorite.

                                    mschicago, do you mean Sushi Place inside the Mayhua complex? I couldn't turn up anything on Sushi House by Google.

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                                      irodguy Apr 4, 2008 11:15 AM

                                      Yes it's inside Mayhua next to the Korean place. It's good basic sushi. In just Sushi or Sashimi it's about the same as Plano Sushi. They don't have anything to exotic. They do have lots of noodles etc and their Tempura is reasonable. I go their quite often and just have their Sushi Bento on the way home.

                                      The only issue I have with Seabose is that they keep raising their prices. When they had their $1 Sushi on Sundays it was great to stop by and get some to go even though they are greatly out of my way. Now that they no longer have specials and have raised their prices it just rarely makes sense for me to stop there.

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                                      Epicurious Esquire Apr 4, 2008 09:39 AM

                                      Mschicago, you need to head down to Dallas.

                                      Try Tei Tei, Teppo or Yutaka. Having eaten sushi in San Fran, LA, Houston, NYC, London, Paris, etc., I feel pretty comfortable saying that those two places are comparable with anything you'll find in Chicago.

                                      Unfortunately, I'm not sure anything in Dallas can really challenge Charlie Trotter's. Ate there almost a year ago to the day and it was absolutely, positively out of this world.

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                                      Al_Pal Apr 4, 2008 09:24 AM

                                      Give Kampai a try over in Addison Circle. We've been going there for years and have gotten to know the owner fairly well. Their entire staff is extremely friendly. Most of their menu is pretty basic, but it's extremely fresh and very reasonably priced. And sometimes they run super white tuna as a special, which is easily the best piece of sushi I've ever eaten.

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                                        uninvited guest Aug 9, 2008 08:58 PM

                                        For a special occassion and unbelievably good but expensive Sushi... Nobu
                                        For great sushi and a little less expensive.... Tei Tei
                                        For very good sushi anytime and 2 for 1 sushi at lunch (yeah!) ... Blue Fish

                                        Lots of good sushi places in Dallas and Plano though...tough to go wrong. Avoid the buffets though!

                                        1. taldeac Aug 11, 2008 08:33 AM

                                          We love sushi. Blue Fish although it has had consistently more of a chain feel to us as years pass, is a very consistent favorite. The Ahi Tower is really good and even people who are not big sushi people seem to all love it. As far as best sushi regardless of price, I love say Tei Tei and Teppo win going away.

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