Teppo - Review
Spoiler alert: Teppo is awesome. I went last night and had one of my more memorable meals in Dallas. The worst dish was great and the rest knocked it out of the park. Here's what I had (in the absurd order that it was served):
-Thinly sliced Opaleye with olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt. It was phenomenal
-As good, if not better, as you're imagining it would be.
-Well you already know it's amazing so I'll add that it was a good portion. Three slices about a half inch thick.
-Miso Beef Tongue, Duck Breast and Bacon wrapped Tomato. All were delicious. I actually ordered bacon wrapped asparagus but am happy they brought out the tomato one instead, it was great.
-Whole fried baby snapper
-this was the worst of the lot, and still delicious. Fish was amazingly tasty but I would probably order something else next time just for variety sake.
Every single dish was incredible, I can't say how happy I was. To give some context, I was not as impressed by a recent trip to Tei An or a recent omakase at Nobu.
I wonder why I don't read more about Teppo on these boards. Have you been? Agree or disagree? I'm struggling to think of a high end restaurant I like more in Dallas, that's how good it was.
Teppo is one of my favorite restaurants in Dallas. The fish is always amazingly fresh. The dishes are creative. Excellent.
With regards to Tei An, I've tried to like it. After my first disappointment, I went back and tried other dishes. After that disappointment, I tried again. Now, I just have to conclude I don't appreciate good soba noodles. Too many other people love the place for it to be as disappointing as I think.
Someone should pay attention to my mobile uploads folder on Facebook ;)
Jokes aside, Teppo is the most underrated Japanese restaurant in town and it's certainly worth becoming a regular and befriending Masa and Tomi. In a way, I'm ok with Brenner giving them a less than stellar review, but at the same time, they do deserve a far more recognition. The traditional Japanese food is very good and occasionally they'll have some not-so traditional, but still awesome specials done in house (ie the duck prosciutto, all of the ice creams/desserts). Their omakase is a killer value for the quality of food you're getting. For the yakitori, I'm a big fan of the chicken skin and hearts, and I suggest trying it without salt.