Shinjuku Station is like falling in love and only you know what your heart feels but you cannot do it justice with words, but I will try. The décor is deconstructed and trendy. An exposed brick and narrowed black and white photography filled wall, Japanese characters on curtains dividing the kitchen from the bar, an old wide bench that sits four, about 10 tables set up back to back along the brick wall and a sushi bar for eight or so hugging around the back side of the kitchen. Whether you wait for a bit or are seated as you walk in, begin with an “Overflow of good fortune.”
Fish, will quickly become your go-to for completing your evening with his knowledge of Sake, or if you prefer a hand-crafted cocktail. His presentation makes the sides of your smile almost hit the tip ends of your eyes. Hold your wooden box close and open your eyes, to experience what the sun looks like at night. The Sawanoi became my own personal heaven.
We enjoyed sitting at the bar and meeting most of the staff, along with regular customers, from doctors to students, you never know what knowledge or new friends you will gain. While sipping on Sake express your happiness in compliments and pencil markings on the sushi menu. I recommend ordering Izakaya style dining (think tapas) meant for social gathering. The Tok Fries, Mussels with a side of sticky rice, Hokkaido Scallops & Tuna Tartar on Lotus Chips (my personal favorite), Seaweed Salad, Kampachi Ceviche and the Baby Octopus.
If you have any desire to try a new delish dish, or see what Tuan, Executive Sous Chef, is creating, just ask. He will come out to you and ask your flavor profiles. He even works his magic and created a wheat gluten free menu. All the menus are solely created for freshness from inspiration. We ended our night with a pair of quail eggs and reflected on all things wonderful in life. Casey has done a superb job creating an intimate feel in what is a “busy train station” in and of itself with a staff that is Top Notch. Having traveled near and far, this is my final destination for Japanese cuisine. Shinjuku also has a sister property, Toyko Café on Camp Bowie. Both are excellent for lunch and dinner. Shinjuku supports other local establishments, such as Avoca Coffee. I am so blessed to have such culture at my fingertips and the ability to enjoy every bite.
The main entrance is in the back side of the building. Walk around through the quaint courtyard. The dining experience is just as pleasant inside or outside. As a side note, the playlist is Shazam worthy.
Shinjuku Station | 711 W Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth | (817) 923-2695