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(DAL) First Time to Tei An - Advice Please

margiehubbard Jan 6, 2010 07:54 AM

So, I've heard it's wonderful and all, but I know nothing about this type of food. I wanted to see what you guys think of it and how I should approach my first visit. My husband said I can have anything I want. Is there a tasting menu? I can't find a website. I honestly won't know what to order, but I'm pretty adventurous.

Any advice?

  1. Scagnetti Jan 6, 2010 08:20 AM

    The sorely missed Scott offers his Tei An insight on dallasfood.org.


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    1. re: Scagnetti
      margiehubbard Jan 7, 2010 12:19 PM

      What happened to Scott?

      1. re: margiehubbard
        air Jan 7, 2010 12:32 PM

        It's a little complicated but to make it short, him, and many other former posters, have moved their discussion elsewhere due to various reasons.

        1. re: air
          margiehubbard Jan 8, 2010 05:15 AM

          I'm stunned.

      2. re: Scagnetti
        foiegras Dec 22, 2010 05:27 PM

        Yikes, this link is dead ...

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        luniz Jan 6, 2010 09:10 AM

        There are a couple of tasting menu (omakase) options I think $50 and $70, something like that. Of course checking out Scott's pictures is a great way to get an idea of what that entails. I'd do that if you're truly adventureous. Otherwise, pick a soba (or two for you and your husband), one plainer imo and maybe one pecan or whatever, something nontraditional. Also make sure to get some type of cooked fish (whatever's on the special) and some veggie off the specials.

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        1. re: luniz
          DallasDude Jan 6, 2010 08:24 PM

          I revisited those pictures a few days ago. Amazing at the very least.

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          OCNC Jan 6, 2010 05:31 PM

          Its Wonderful if you like noodles maybe. Nobu is sooo much better. Tei An's sushi doesn't even come in rolls!

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          1. re: OCNC
            air Jan 6, 2010 08:24 PM

            I thought not having "rolls" is part of why you'd want to go to Tei An.

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              gavlist Jan 7, 2010 07:34 AM

              Tei An is by far the most authentic Japanese restaurant I've found in Dallas. Nobu's focus is not on authenticity (for instance, rolls) - in fact, I read that it was Matsuhisa's experience in Peru that drove much of their innovation, like the "new-style sashimi" for which they are famous. Nobu is good (although the one time at ate at the Nobu in Dallas it was sub-par), but in my opinion and for my tastes, it doesn't even come close to Tei An.

            2. amokscience Jan 6, 2010 09:45 PM

              I'd go by reading the link to dallasfood.org

              The place specializes in soba so it's pretty silly not to go there and have that. If you're adventurous then order lots of the side dishes and appetizers or the omakase. I think the value in a place like Tei An is the authentic dishes you can't get at a sushi place.

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              1. re: amokscience
                margiehubbard Jan 7, 2010 11:58 AM

                Thanks for all the info. Scott's pictures are amazing! I think we're going to go for the omakase. Brad Murano suggested that we let them know that we're new to this cuisine. I think that's a good idea. We would certainly end up with some soba if we do the omakase, right? And get to try a few other dishes as well. I wouldn't even begin to know what to order off the straight menu. I love "tastings" anyway.

                1. re: margiehubbard
                  Webra1 Jan 8, 2010 10:37 AM

                  I don't think you can go wrong with the omakase. It appears from Scott's pics that they all seem to come with some type of soba noodle.

                  For people that want to try Tei An and aren't sure what to get, the Soba Sampler is a great way to go. That way you get three types of dipping sauces.

                  For those that like desserts, I recommend the soba ice cream with black honey. Don't be scared off in thinking it tastes like noodles. It's a remarkable dish.

                  1. re: Webra1
                    JonFromTJs Dec 22, 2010 07:11 PM

                    Hot Duck Soba
                    Cold Soba Sampler With 4 Dipping Sauces

                    that right there should treat you right.

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