Dallas' 50 Most Interesting Restaurants, No. 11: Sushi Sake

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Catherine Downes
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If a single Maneki-neko is said to bring spend-thrift customers to a restaurant, then more than 20 of the "lucky cats" should bring a mob with money to burn. The figurines are pulling their weight at Sushi Sake, where a seat at a table can often be hard to score and the ticket machine rattles out back-to-back orders most of night.

See also: This Week's Review: Enticed by Sushi Sake

At 5:29 on a Saturday, seconds before the restaurant is scheduled to open, the lobby of this Richardson sushi restaurant is packed with customers who don't want to deal with the wait that builds as the night goes on. Sushi Sake has some devoted fans, and the attention is warranted.

Maintaining a restaurant for 17 years is an accomplishment, and soon after you sit down you'll understand the appeal. The service here is solid, and the staff is as happy to prepare sushi-virgin-friendly California rolls as they are more interesting cuts like giant clam.

If you offer giant clam (or uni, or sea snail, or sweet shrimp) to a novice right out of the gate, you'll likely be met with a scowling face, but anyone can learn to appreciate the textures and flavors or raw seafood. After a few basic rolls, the curious will start looking at the chalkboard menu for more interesting items and what is initially frighting, turns out delicious more often or not.

You don't have to eat an ocean's worth of slimy things, but you can. Sushi Sake is just as good at expanding your palate as they are serving up something satisfying and familiar. Regardless of your tastes and the preferences of your company, you're likely to have a very good time here. And if you're not, just keep drinking sake until you are.

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No. 19: Yutaka and Sharaku
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No. 16: Pakpao
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No. 13: Nonna
No. 12: Kuby's

Location Info

Sushi-Sake Japanese Restaurant

2150 N. Collins Blvd., Richardson, TX

Category: Restaurant

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4 comments
Twinwillow
Twinwillow

Sushi Sake is the best Japanese restaurant in Dallas. Period! It's where all the Japanese expats eat. 'Nuff said!

Gabe48
Gabe48

Tei Tei is "da bomb", on Henderson Ave. in Dallas. Also good sushi at Teppo on Greenville Ave., both of these places serve only the freshest, hand prepared sushi. The robata at Tei Tei is the best I've had anywhere.

Gabe48
Gabe48

No patriots there!

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