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Dallas is always heavily saturated with new culinary dishes, but rarely does something truly unique come along. Tei An achieves uniqueness by focusing almost exclusively on Japanese buckwheat noodles, or soba. The relaxing, zen environment compels you to begin with sake and appetizers, such as pickled fresh bonito and slices of pressed mullet roe. Entrées feature soba noodles that are made fresh and served either hot or cold with a myriad of accompaniments and sauces.
Nobu is a Japanese restaurant at The Hotel Crescent Court. A casual and elegant restaurant with a party atmosphere, it serves excellent Japanese cuisine. Although a bit pricey, there is nothing that isn't worth your money here. The service is almost as good as the food. If you're not sure about what you want to try with such a large variety, then try the 'Omasake chef's tasting menu', it's reasonable and consists of a nine course meal that is very satisfying.
Located in Oldtown Village, Royal Thai's popularity has grown with the 'yuppie' crowd, but has maintained it's romantic and classic restaurant atmosphere. The decor consists of ornate Thai antiques and traditional art. The atmosphere is relaxed with an experienced and thoughtful staff. The clientele encompasses all ethnicities. The curried Chicken wrapped in banana leaves is delicious here. Other specialties are wonderfully-textured Asian soups and Silver Noodles with Shrimp. Round out your meal with a selection from the full bar menu.
The blue and yellow decor and the dried lavender bring to mind the French countryside. The interior is romantic and inviting, but the authentic French food is the true draw. The Chef's Menu for lunch includes soup or salad, Roasted Chicken, Fish of the Day or Pasta Provencal, and dessert. Dinner includes such delights as Roast Duck with Montmorency Cherries or Sautéed Trout with Almonds and Crab Claws. The Vegetarian Plate with Pasta is an excellent light choice for diners. On Thursday evenings, dine on the patio, as a vocalist and French guitarist perform enchanting melodies.