Doctor Hearts Sushi

A cardiologist with a hankering for the real sushi deal asks Disher Nation:

I have just finished reading Sushi Economy which is great to read after The Zen of Fish. Having said that, I made the rounds to Teppo, Tei-Tei, Nobu, and Shinshei for sushi fixes. Interestingly, none do it in the traditional way…where you sit in front and banter as you get served a meal of his/her choice. As well, while I like the French, Italian or Peruvian influences in these places I would really to go to see a more traditional place. Do you have a thought about one here in Dallas?

A thought? Me? Like, no. Do you?

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9 comments on “Doctor Hearts Sushi

  1. I was going to add Sushi Sake too.

    But there was a time when at Tei Tei and Teppo, you could be served the traditional way, especially if Teiichi Sakurai, the former owner, was manning the sushi workstation. I miss those days sometimes.

    You can try doing the same at Zen Sushi in Bishop Arts. You just need to request omakase and sit where Michelle Carpenter is working. She has some interesting influences, but she does have many offerings in the traditional style.

  2. I’ve had good luck with this at Blue Fish in Addison/Plano (on the Tollway) sometimes. Also at Mr. Sushi in Addison on Belt Line (of course).

  3. you can also do that at Masami in Richardson if you tell him you want omakase. You’ll get banter either way :)

  4. I’m not sure what you mean by traditional. Though come to think of it I guess the laser pointer I used at the Tokyo fish market last summer isn’t exactly a 17th century tradition.

    I agree with the Sushi Sake recommendation.

    For authenticity, of a sort, (albeit fairly average sushi) try Sushi House on Inwood. I think it is a good approximation of a typical workingman’s sushi place in Tokyo.

    I’ll routinely offer a plug for Ino’s (Coit and Campbell in Richardson). This is a tiny, family run place that is fabulous. It’s not really a sushi place, so not a wide, exotic selection. But when i get sushi there i just leave it up to the owner to bring me what she thinks is best. And it is always very good. Eat your way thru the rest of the menu also.

  5. The new Sushi Star at Preston Royal is surprisingly good. And does feature the traditional sushi bar and sushi chef banter. They also do a great 2-for-1 sushi pricing deal at lunch on weekdays.

  6. I’m glad to see so many responses echoing “SushiSake”. After over ten years, it stills seems to hold the position of “everyone’s best kept secret” among those who want real sushi of the highest quality.

    They recently opened a new semi-private room that you can reserve for parties of six or more, and if you choose, they offer authentic “kaiseki” in this room, if ordered in advance.

  7. Every bait eater has their hangout, ‘The best’ (yea yea) and they probably know the chef’s name (whatever)…BUT… The Old School: Sushi Mac is the one I am hooked on — through seven residences, six jobs and eleventeen girlfriends. YES, twenty (five?) (and it shows – needs a makeover) or so years and still serving. There is no ego, no pretentiousness and no chicken nuggets. The Cali rolls are made with real crab and the nigiri slices are true servings – not paper-thin photo opportunities. The sushi bar, kitchen, waitresses and of course the bar staff is a phat boatload of professionals that will get your order right and get it out fast. Go to 150 American sushi bars (I have) and try to beat these items that lure me back on a regular basis: 1. Marinated Salmon sashimi, 2. The Devil Roll, 3. Spicy Pressed sushi and 4. The Jalapeno roll. I won’t go into depth on each one for you, just DO IT. There is very little or no cooked food in the above – as it should be. Honorable mention goes to the ‘perfect every time’ Ikura and nicely mixed Scallop sushi. Net result = sushi satiation. Let me know if you agree or better, write me and I’ll meet you there – waltdj0014 at aol dot com. – PS (Paul, are you the designer for SushiSake?)