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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Upmarket restaurant

Tue–Thu 11:30am–2:00pm
Tue–Thu 4:00pm–10:30pm
Fri 11:30am–2:00pm
Fri 5:30pm–10:30pm
Sat 5:30pm–10:30pm
Sun 11:30am–2:00pm

Features Date-friendly, veg-friendly, Wi-Fi
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Accepted


1722 Routh St.
Dallas, Texas
(214) 220-2828
Tei An
Sublime soba noodles that are unparalleled

When Teiichi Sakurai opened Teppo followed by Tei Tei Robata Bar years ago, he introduced Dallas to the curious notion that Japanese food consisted of something more than raw fish. He taught the delicacy of beef, the harmony of discursive textures and flavors on one table, and more. Then he dumped his iconic restaurants, returned to Japan for more intensive training, and opened Tei An—an authentic soba noodle house.

Few restaurateurs would have the confidence to sell profitable establishments to venture into such an unknown. He understood that the nutty buckwheat noodles are an everyday dish. But commonplace meals can be very nuanced. And Sakurai also understood that Dallas eventually “gets” subtlety. Sakurai makes his signature noodles by hand and serves each bowl with a choice of dipping sauces, ranging from purely Japanese to a neat homage to Texas involving pecans.

Staples from his Tei Tei days transfer well. The sushi is superb, if pricy. The room creates a serene, minimalist, and earthy backdrop, washing away outside annoyances like the cost of parking in or near One Arts (as well as the very contrivance of One Arts). And it all translates into one of the most distinctive and rewarding dining experiences in Dallas.

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