Voted Best Sushi in Dallas for three consecutive years by Citysearch, Kenichi is a combination restaurant and lounge that exudes modernity. Bottles of sake are back-lit on a towering shelf (the sake list here is designed by one of the world's only Level II sake sommeliers) and there are tall stools at the brushed-steel sushi bar.
The chef and his culinary team infuse specialty house sashimi and makimono with a distinctly Southern accent. Their rolls bring together unusual combinations such as wild salmon and goat cheese, yellowtail and serrano peppers, and blackened tuna and mango. Entrees draw on high-quality proteins such as wild salmon, Japanese black-hog pork belly, and steaks from 100% pure Akaushi cattle, whose ancestry can be traced back to Japan's Mount Aso cattle.
Calling themselves "three Thais and a white guy," Naga Thai Kitchen's quartet of founders imparts creative, contemporary influences to traditional Thai cuisine. Flowers and dramatic, modern design elements spangle the dining room, interrupting orange walls with cutouts, staggered wood panels, and hanging fringes. When they're not plucking ripe lychee martinis off the branches of the bar, patrons select dishes from a menu of curries, stir-fried noodles, and chef's selection seafood plates.
Nobuyuki Matsuhisa discovered his passion for food while growing up in his native Japan. His older brother took him to his first sushi restaurant, and the young Nobu was hooked. That enthusiasm never waned, and as an adult, he began his culinary career, traveling the globe cooking in kitchens from South America to Alaska. These experiences?particularly his time spent in Peru?contributed to Nobu's distinctive culinary style, which melds international flavors and techniques with traditional Japanese cuisine. He opened the original Nobu restaurant in New York City in 1994 to great acclaim, and in the decades since, has built up a dining empire that encompasses 25 restaurants spread across 21 cities, five continents, and two parallel universes.
The Dallas location remains true to Nobu's signature vision while still allowing a bit of southern flair to influence the Zagat-praised dishes. Although traditional maki and sashimi are readily available, the chefs also embrace Nobu's willingness to expand upon the traditional flavors of Japanese cooking. Rare grilled tuna might be served with jalape?o salsa, blue crab could turn up in a spicy hot dish, and tiramisu might receive an herbal accent of green tea. This elegant fusion informs the decor as well?a traditional sushi bar is updated with illuminated onyx, while back-lit cherry blossom-cutouts gleam from tall columns.
Though its cuisine is Thai and Japanese, Zenna borrows from Spanish culture in the presentation of many of its dishes. The restaurant serves hot and cold tapas. The small, shareable plates range from sashimi seaweed salad to fried dumplings and chicken lettuce wraps. The menu also features curries and noodles, along with sushi. Elegant touches are seen throughout Zenna’s Dallas and Plano locations, which are set aglow by colorful light fixtures or decorated with ornate wall décor pieces.