Hibachi dining was once a novelty reserved for special occasions. While such spots are plentiful today, the challenge now is making sure the food is equal to the theatrics. Our dinner at Atami delivered on both counts. While on the pricey side (the same fare at lunch is half-off), our…
A Heights hangout for lovers of sashimi, rice bowls, and sake.
A shabu-shabu joint from the fevered imagination of Tatsu Aikawa, the power behind Ramen Tatsu-Ya and Kemuri Tatsu-Ya.
The sushi here makes the ocean seem not so far away.
Modern Japanese food is the star at this downtown Plano restaurant.
An unassuming strip mall houses this diamond in the rough.
It’s hard to remember the days when Musashino was the premier, albeit almost only, sushi spot in town. It’s where Tyson Cole (who went on to found the Uchi empire) and Kazu Fukumoto learned to slice fish, and now Fukumoto has his own spot. As you’re heralded by greetings, you’ll…
A quick-service Japanese restaurant with quality ingredients.
Dashi-style ramen in Lower Greenville.
A roomful of (mostly young) folks contentedly wielding chopsticks and slurping noodles is proof that this California chain has found its niche in Midtown. Piping-hot brussels sprouts tempura and cold Sapporo beers got us off to a good start, but we agreed that the No. 1 ramen bowl—tonkotsu black, with…
This casual spot from the team behind Fat Bao is the first sushi bar in the northern Heights. Our initial experience with the inventive menu was hit-and-miss. The Balsamic Tuna was generous but overly sweet. The Miss Piggy roll intrigued, with its marinated apple and fried pork belly, but it…
Patience is required for ramen this good.
The leader of the modern-sushi pack.
Raw squid and smoked fish collar are just a couple of the dishes offered by the guys behind Ramen Tatsu-Ya.
This tiny noodle house from Michael Sohocki draws a loyal crowd.
Former Uchi chefs debut a Japanese eatery in Bravery Chef Hall.
Austin's best casual sushi.
A modern Japanese/sushi spot has landed in an attractive Heights area strip center.
The coolest room in town and chef Chris Kinjo’s magnificent sushi.
Ramen noodles may never compete with pizza, but new food-delivery apps have made it possible to enjoy almost any restaurant meal in your pajamas. Michi’s new south location is capitalizing on this trend; it’s takeout or delivery only. It also thumbs its nose at the competition, because there are no…
Next time we visit this spot tucked away in Richardson, we’ll double our order of gyoza, six mouth-watering little pan-fried pods of pork and vegetables. Then we’ll dive in to one of the six ramens on the menu; the miso ramen, with a rich pork and chicken broth and a…
Where heavy metal meets Japanese noodles.
There were palpable withdrawal symptoms among longtime devotees of this fresh-fish temple when the restaurant, housed for decades below Chinatown in a somewhat awkward configuration, shuttered for a few months to move toward West Campus. It appears that the crew moved everything into the spot that formerly housed Fino and…
Sushi and cocktails in the heart of the Arts District.
In-table roasters make Japanese barbecue fun.
Pricey Japanese fare from a celebrity chef in a seductive Galleria setting.
Head chef Yoshi Okai is now the ringmaster at Otoko, while celebrated executive chef Paul Qui completes drug rehab following being arrested for assault, a charge he denies. Live and in person most nights, Yoshi helped design the breathlessly anticipated 20-course tasting menu, served at a 12-person counter in an…
Bountiful bowls of ramen have folks lining up at this wildly popular Austin import.
Steaming bowls of comfort on lively East Sixth.
High-end sushi and fancy beef in a contemporary River Oaks setting.
An understated spot for a wide-ranging selection of sushi, ramen, and hibachi dishes.
Innovative and seasonal Japanese fare.
Sophisticated suburban sushi spot.
On the advice of a family friend and Longview native, we made a quick stop at this popular spot and sampled a bento box that was almost embarrassingly generous with its cornucopia of sushi, soup, salad, fried rice, shrimp tempura, and pork gyoza. After gazing longingly at another diner’s beef…
This new shopping center spot boasts a calm (no blasting TVs) but energetic atmosphere. Enjoy a complimentary bowl of miso soup while you peruse a large menu of sashimi, dumplings, grilled items, and rolls (we loved the Dragon). A nice selection of sakes makes pairing a cinch.
Hand-crafted soba noodles with a side of serenity.
Noodle nirvana in West Dallas.
One of Dallas's best sushi bars.
Bright and airy, this Japanese bistro woos with sushi, ramen, and bao.
Another successful offspring of Asiatown’s Tran dynasty.
Nothing beats sitting at the sushi bar at this iconic Austin spot, especially when you meet newcomers experiencing it for the first time. We started with fish fresh from the Tsukiji fish market, including sweet and mild ocean trout with lemon zest and Maldon salt and tender amberjack with a…
Jaw-droppingly inventive Japanese fusion served in a dark and homey place.
Stodgy Japanese tradition takes a backseat.
Cocktails and a light menu in an airy space above Uchi.
Exquisite, endlessly innovative bites in a warm, modern space.
Temaki, omakase, and sushi classes from the Kome folks.
A hipster hangout serving stylized Japanese favorites.
Expect tasty noodles and small plates at this cozy ramen house.
Superb sushi at a tiny Uptown spot.
When we walked into Yuyo after a busy day of work, we were enchanted by the restaurant’s lovely interior, including the stone koi swimming in the path around the sushi bar. Offering a wide selection of Japanese and Chinese fare, Yuyo has plenty to offer, like generous portions of delectable…