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Veggo May 20, 2011 07:47 PM

Where is the real deal? Thanks.

  1. twinwillow May 20, 2011 08:07 PM

    My personal (as well as many others) favorite is Sushi Sake in far north Dallas (Richardson).
    But, Tei-An in the Henderson area gets the most buzz.

    1722 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201

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    1. re: twinwillow
      amokscience May 21, 2011 12:23 PM

      Ahh the delicate dance of trying to find good, creative, and affordable when dealing with sushi.

      Another vote for Sushi Sake
      Enjoy Sushi Robata when Mori-san is(was?) the preparing chef
      Yutaka did not disappoint although I'd rather have the appetizers than the sushi
      Not sure I'd go to Tei-An (which is generally excellent) for sushi.

      Sushi Robata
      4727 Frankford Rd, Dallas, TX 75287

      1722 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201

      1. re: amokscience
        air Jun 2, 2011 05:41 AM

        Mori is still at Sushi Robata and sitting in front of his station would be ideal to having a good experience there.The best sushi meals I've had there are when he gets seasonal fish I typically don't see in other restaurants, but it's hard to tell when that happens. Otherwise I prefer to order the izakaya type items there. They recently made takoyaki (fried octopus balls) part of their full menu and it's the best preparation I've had in the area. Crispy on the outside, while soft and somewhat pudding-like in the center. Could use a little more meat but overall I'm very pleased with it and beats having to wait until Sushi Sake serves it at their fall festival booth.

        Sushi Robata
        4727 Frankford Rd, Dallas, TX 75287

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      mtbwustl May 20, 2011 08:12 PM

      Tei-Tei is outstanding. We've had superb sushi there many many times.

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      1. re: mtbwustl
        twinwillow May 20, 2011 08:19 PM

        I agree about Tei-Tei. The items on their "specials" menu are amazing. They're a bit pricy but, you get what you pay for.

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          Veggo May 20, 2011 08:27 PM

          I'll pay, I'll pay!
          If you like cheese like I do, this cheese mouse raided the gourmet cheese section at Sigel's on Inwood again today, wow do they have the good stuff!

          1. re: Veggo
            twinwillow May 20, 2011 08:30 PM

            Ha, if you like the cheese at Sigel's, you must try Scardello on Oak Lawn just north of Lemmon across the street from Pappadeaux.

      2. Veggo May 20, 2011 08:18 PM

        Nice start! Amaebi w/ fried head? Mirugai? Premium sake w/ masu?

        Oh, please say yes!

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        1. re: Veggo
          twinwillow May 20, 2011 08:24 PM

          Not sure about all you've named. Mirugai for sure. When I sit down, Soda san knows exactly what I like and he automatically makes my favorite mixed Sashimi plate. Be sure to get his fried oysters if you go.

          1. re: twinwillow
            Veggo May 20, 2011 08:34 PM

            Sweet shrimp with the fried head is amaebi, one of my favorites, and the giant clam, mirugai, is often hit or miss, anywhere. I love the sweetness and the snap of the texture. My favorite dessert, apart from unagi, is salmon egg nigiri with quail egg. Drool.

            1. re: Veggo
              twinwillow May 20, 2011 08:37 PM

              No problem with either of those. Sushi Sake's giant clam is incredible and probably my most favorite dish unless he has fresh abalone.

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                twinwillow May 20, 2011 08:40 PM

                You may laugh but, my dessert is uni sashimi!
                When I order it, Soda knows to bring my bill after I finish. The complimentary fresh orange doesn't agree with me after all that fish protein.

                1. re: twinwillow
                  Veggo May 20, 2011 08:43 PM

                  You may have guided me to my ruin and broken my bank, but I will still thank you for it.

                  1. re: Veggo
                    twinwillow May 20, 2011 08:52 PM

                    Hey, we only go around once. Besides, Sushi Sake is much less expensive than the "hi-profile" sushi bars. As attested to by the usually long wait for a table or seat at the sushi bar. And, thats with 7 sushi chefs swinging their yanagi ba's around.

                    1. re: twinwillow
                      Veggo May 20, 2011 09:01 PM

                      I don't know what swinging yanagi ba's are, but what with all this Arnold stuff plus the french guy in the news, I will keep my trousers properly sealed.

                      1. re: Veggo
                        twinwillow May 20, 2011 09:17 PM

                        LOL! They're those long sashimi knives.
                        Yes, guard your privates. There's enough strange items on the menu.

                    2. re: Veggo
                      Mike C. Miller May 21, 2011 12:04 AM

                      Re: you comment "You may have guided me to my ruin and broken my bank"

                      Ever see a hearse with a luggage rack?

                      Me neither!

            2. ericthefred Jun 1, 2011 08:43 PM

              My best choice for quality at an affordable price is Masami in Richardson. It is not a pure sushiya; they bill themselves as 'Japanese Sushi and Cuisine', but unlike the Japanese restaurants that try to tack on a sushi bar to widen their customer base, the sushi side of this place is for real, and very good. Incidentally, the 'cuisine' side is almost to the same quality. HOWEVER...
              You will find a lot of good reviews and a lot of scathing reviews on this place, and the reason is that many people find the service very poor. The problem isn't bad staff IMO, it is the fact that they seem to be staffed almost entirely with actual Japanese, and communication can sometimes be hit-and-miss. I personally love eating at ethnic holes-in-the-wall with brilliant food and very little English (lots of these in the Richardson area) so I don't mind having to employ a little patience. Unlike these places, Masami is trying to serve the general public instead of their own ethnic, so I suppose this should count against them, but the food is too good for me to hold it against them. I do find it a good idea to go there for lunch instead of dinner for this reason, since they aren't as busy at that time.
              Final tip: if you go there, make sure to try the Daifuku Mochi for dessert.

              1. air Jun 2, 2011 05:52 AM

                Veggo, I posted my thoughts here in the past and it's still the same.

                All in all, I think you'd enjoy driving to Denton for Keiichi and it'd be worth your money. For some reason my blog's having issues with some pictures but you'll get a good idea of what to expect.

                My overall favorite since the rice consistently leaves a strong impression on me and I haven't found another place in the area that even comes close to matching Keiichi's texture/flavor and overall quality. To me, quality of fish doesn't matter if the rice doesn't match up. Keiichi is the place that nails both, in addition to being at a better price point than Yutaka, Nobu, or Kenichi. Call ahead so you are guaranteed a seat at the main sushi bar; it's not the same experience at the back bar. And it is also a bargain for high end Italian.

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/579297 - my first ever meal there was posted in this older thread

                I'd also recommend Teppo and ask if you can sit at Tomi's station. Omakase there is a really good value too as you get a big plate of various stick meats (yakitori is their primary focus, but they have a solid sushi chef too). I'd consider them my second pick overall because the value here is so understated and they typically have a wide selection of fish (solely compared to Keiichi). And of course, it doesn't require a drive to Denton.

                And to clarify, Tei-Tei is on Knox/Henderson, Tei-An is in One Arts. Also not saying the sushi is bad there, but it's not the specialty/focus at Tei An, they are known for soba noodles.

                500 N Elm St, Denton, TX 76201

                1722 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201

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                1. re: air
                  Veggo Jun 2, 2011 09:11 AM

                  Thanks, air. I need to do a solo trip to one of your reco's and camp out at the sushi bar. So far in Dallas I have only been to RA sushi in Frisco with a friend, and as a gentleman I probably don't need to comment on it.

                  1. re: Veggo
                    air Jun 2, 2011 09:27 AM

                    One tip on Teppo: if you go late enough at night (I like showing up just befoer 10 PM as that's when they cut off the free parking in the back), Masa and Tomi have told me it's not uncommon to run into other sushi chefs dining at the bar. So far I've seen Teiichi and the chef from Nobu

                    Nobu Restaurant
                    Hotel Crescent Court, 400 Crescent Court, Dallas, TX 75201

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                  dfwtexex Jun 2, 2011 12:58 PM

                  My current favorite is Zen, down in Bishop Arts. Every time I go i am astounded by the great tasting fish. They don't do over the top presentations, but some of the signature stuff is truly wonderful and artisticly presented. The Xalapa roll is my favorite roll of all time (tuna, avocado, cilantro, jalapeno and a razor thin slice of lime). It's the perfect representation of the new approach to sushi that incorporates regional flavors. But, a plate of good ol' nigiri is special there too.

                  For old school, it's Teppo for me. Great stuff, always tasty. And the yakitori is also good to have in case you have non-sushi eaters with you.

                  1. diningwithDeliaJo Jun 9, 2011 08:22 PM

                    Wasabi or Zen Sushi in McKinney. Bonsai sushi in north dallas. Or sushi sake in richardson. also the blue fish.

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                      pirkey Jun 10, 2011 07:03 AM

                      Our neighborhood favorite is C-Roll Sushi at Frankford and Preston.

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