by Steven Doyle
What are great qualities of a sushi chef? Amiable, imaginative and raw talent are a few things that come to mind. Certainly these words all hold true when describing Master Sushi Chef Hiroyuki “Fuji” Fujino. We might toss in charming for good measure, and perhaps when we sup on the omakase at Five Sixty atop the tower at the Hyatt downtown the master might toss an extra morsel of the good stuff our way.
Omakase is when you trust your sushi chef to plan your meal for you in place of ordering ala carte. You will find the chef more giving in his rarer stock with more visits when the chef starts trusting your palate as much as you trust that he will prepare something hopefully more rare than those around you. This is a tasting menu with few rules. Continue reading
photos by Robert Bostick
Born and raised in Shiogama, Miyago in Japan, Shuji “Elvis” Sugawara developed a passion for food at an early age. As a result of frequent trips to the local fish market with his mother and father, Sugawara grew up eating fresh fish prepared using traditional Japanese techniques. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photos by Joey Stewart
Our roving contributing photographer, Joey Stewart has been busier than ever hitting up the area’s finest sushi digs in Dallas. Today we visit Tei Tei Robata Bar on Henderson which is definitely one of our favorites.
Tei Tei was opened in 1998 by Teiichi Sakurai who is also the owner of Tei-An. Both are highly praised by local critics as Teiichi is the best at his craft. Teeich sold Tei Tei more recently to his chef, Katsutoshi Sakamoto, but you can spot the former owner sitting at the robata bar on any given night. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
There are certain surprises that we stumble across each day, if we are so lucky. Today was one of those days. I had a rare lunch with a really sweet friend and she chose Oishii on Wycliff in Dallas that is located in the shopping center between the Tollway and Maple. I enjoy my trips to this restaurant, as the menu is vast enough to keep me excited.
We sat at the sushi bar this afternoon catching up on the latest news of the day and she was thumbing through the sushi and sashimi choices. I was looking through the menu fast and furious as I had something particular on my mind for lunch. It was at that moment we both looked up from our menus and said nearly simultaneously — soft shell crab. She said they had the best in town, and I just happened to have a hankering for crab (per usual). Continue reading
by Joey Stewart photos by Joey Stewart
I’m an addict. A sushi addict, that is. And for those of us who can’t stay away from those raw delectables, it can be rough on the pocketbook to dine at our favorites each time we feel the need for seaweed.
A few weeks ago I grabbed a pre-concert stool at the bar at The Blue Fish and discovered their daily happy hour, which fulfilled the craving, as well as cut my bill by a third. And while it will never take the place of Tei Tei, Teppo, or Yutaka (insert your favorite here), it’s a solid choice for good quality on a budget. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Lounge 31 has become the place for drinks and light dining offering a perfect blend of casual sophistication, cozy corners, and European flair. Along with its eclectic menu of lite bites, Lounge 31 has expanded its culinary offerings with a recently introduced Crudo Sushi Bar featuring Chef Chin “Steve” Liang who delights guests with his precise sushi artistry. Liang shows his true passion for Asian and fusion cuisines with a menu featuring an assortment of Japanese sushi rolls and sashimi, Italian crudo, freshly shucked oysters and more. Continue reading
by Joey Stewart
Regulars at Teppo Yakitori & Sushi Bar know Tomoaki Nishigaya as “Tommy”, the likeable avid Rangers fan who creates some of the best sushi and Japanese dishes in the DFW area. Many reserve the seats directly in front of him to take advantage of his daily specials or Omakase, but most don’t know much about him or how he became the head sushi chef at Teppo. We sat down with him recently to get the skinny. Continue reading