Japanese Noodles and More at Tei-An

05.27.2015 by: Allison Turpin
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Tei-An has been topping charts of the Best Restaurants in Dallas for some time now. The authentic Japnese restaurant in the One Arts Plaza is a sleek and sophisticated representation of this cuisine. The chef-owner Teiichi Sakurai is a master of soba, or handmade buckwheat noodles, as he learned the specialty at Tsukiji Soba Academy in Tokyo. He focuses on crafting delicious and fresh plates and succeeds in more than just noodle-making.

Exterior of Tei-An in One Arts Plaza

Grab a seat around the horse-shoe shaped table in the center of the restaurant

Enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop deck

The dining experience is pleasurable in the sleek and quiet main dining room, where you can sit at tables or around the horse-shoe shaped counter with a tranquil rock feature in the center. There is also a back dining room and a large bar area. The best part of the restaurant, however, is two floors up on the rooftop lounge overlooking downtown. When the weather is nice, it will be hard to find a better view of the city or a better spot to unwind.

The menu is admittedly overwhelming, with several different sections meandering over the pages. We recommend asking your server to walk you through the favorites. Our waitress was very knowledgeable, and we had excellent service and recommendations all evening. If you really want the best of the best, though, try the Omakase, or the seven-course chef's tasting menu. It is a full meal of the chef's freshest and most interesting plates, and you will receive the best of what Tei-An has to offer.

Spicy Tuna Pressed Sushi

Chef's Choice Sushi

There is also a separate sushi and sashimi menu featuring fresh fish from Kyushu in Japan. We tried the Chef's Choice of sushi, which provided seven different fish beautifully cut and placed over a small mound of rice. Each piece was tender and fresh. We also tried the Spicy Tuna Pressed Sushi. While delicious, it was overly simple and not the highlight of the meal. Tei-An does a lot of things well, but I wouldn't suggest coming purely for the sushi as it is not considered a sushi bar.

Pork Dumplings

A few of our meal highlights were the pork dumplings, which were juicy, soft and flavorful, and the mixed tempura. Vegetables and shrimp were lightly battered and fried crisp, served with a radish soy sauce. The true star of the meal was the soba. They have many different ways to order their famous noodles, but we stuck with the classic buckwheat noodles served in a warm curry broth with duck meatballs. The dish was warm and inviting, spicy and comforting. The meatballs were juicy and absorbed the delicious broth.

Bowl of Soba Noodles in a Warm Curry Broth

The Tei-An dining experience is pleasant, with well-prepared and thought out food served in a sleek and quiet atmosphere. It would be great for a date or an outing with a small group of friends. Enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop, or a glass of sake at the bar. Reservations are recommended, and valet parking is $5 once validated inside the restaurant.

Tei-An Official Website

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