Niwa Celebrates 3 Years With Friends

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Deep Elllum Niwa Japanese BBQ celebrates its 3 year anniversary with their chef friends.  Restaurateur Jimmy Niwa rallied up his chef friends to come celebrate with him by asking them to pop-up in his patio and serve skewers and sides unique to them.

The celebration will be held this Sunday, November 17 at 7 pm until food is sold out at Niwa Japanese BBQ’s patio and neighboring Monkey King Noodle Company’s patio.  Free event. There will be 5 chef stations from Niwa Japanese BBQ, Khao Noodle Shop, Monkey Noodle Company, Trompo and Four Sisters serving the following:

Niwa Japanese BBQ – serving salmon & Negima (chicken thigh & green onion) yakitori
Four Sisters – Taste of Vietnam – serving cured pork sausage on a lemongrass stalk brushed with local honey & bee pollen
Trompo – serving Alambres aka Mexican skewers
Khao Noodle Shop – TBA
Monkey King Noodle Company – serving Xi’an style spicy cumin lamb skewers

The dining room and Niwa Japanese BBQ restaurant will be open that day and serving from their full menu.



Restaurateur Jimmy Niwa’s favorite memories are attending street food events so he wanted to celebrate the restaurant anniversary by rallying his chef friends and bringing the community together.  This is exciting, he said. “I’m excited to get this group of talents together to cook something off the menu, a chance to be creative and share that with everyone else.”

Niwa introduced yakiniku to Dallas and is currently the only Japanese BBQ in the Dallas. “Deep Ellum is home to yakiniku, and we’re excited to be a part of Dallas’ growing culinary scene and look forward to many years ahead.”

It has become a staple of Deep Ellum with popular Monday Industry Nights (50% off select menu items) and monthly Niku No Hi (Meat Days), every 29th of the month with $29 meat platters and $2.90 menu specials.

Located in Deep Ellum, Niwa Japanese BBQ (Yakiniku) is a modern Japanese restaurant serving the highest quality meats, from rib eye steak, wagyu beef to filet mignon to grill with your veggie options.  Unique from other yakiniku restaurants worldwide, Niwa serves more than the traditional beef selections but also chicken, lamb chops and seafood on their menu. It is also the only restaurant in Texas serving Toriyama wagyu.

They blend and marry Southern and other cuisine favorites with Japanese cuisine to make unique and artful menu items like wagyu beef and devilled eggs or Guatemalan coffee beans to make Japanese pudding.

Niwa Japanese BBQ is the brainchild of Jimmy Niwa who sought Dallas as his home to welcome yakiniku.  He loved the Deep Ellum area, Dallas didn’t have a yakiniku restaurant and he felt that Dallas would embrace it.  Niwa is from California where he consulted for many restaurants around the nation before scoping out Dallas to open his own restaurant.  Before starting his consulting firm, he graduated from Le Cordon Bleu and taught at a culinary school in Japan for a couple of years.

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