Japanese Elixir: The Top 5 Sake Joints in Dallas

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1 Tei Tei Robata Bar

The sake bar inside Tei Tei's Robata Bar is a prime see-and-be-seen location, complete with ultra-cool nightly DJs and a list of premium and ultra-premium sakes. Grab a bottle of the very dry Hakkaisan sake ($130), or the ultra-premium daiginjo sake, served chilled in a wooden box of ice, to go along with your sea bass appetizer.
2906 N. Henderson, 214.828.2400, www.teiteirobata.com

2 Sharaku Sake Lounge

Dallas was thrilled to get an Izakaya, a sort of Japanese gastropub down the way from the owner's other venture, Yataka Sushi Bistro. The new Sharaku Sake Lounge offers bite sized morsels, like Shabu Shabu (Japanese Hot Pot) and Kushiyaki (skewered pieces cooked over Japanese charcoal), as well as a healthy list of sake, from draft options to specialty sakes like the Frozen Dewazakura Izumi Judan "Tenth Degree" and Moonstone Plum Wine sake.
2633 McKinney Avenue, Auite 170, 214.999.1330, web.me.com/sharakusakelounge/SharakuSakeLounge/Home.html

3 Shinsei

Owned and operated by Lynae Fearing and Tracy Rathbun, the wives of two of Dallas' renowned restaurateurs, Shinsei is a chic, meditative eatery offering sushi and pan-Asian cuisine to go with their extensive wine and sake menu. It's perfect for those who are new to the sake scene, as they list the flavor profiles of eack kind of sake on the menu, from Yuki No Bosha "Cabin in the Snow" (peppery, apricot, melon) to Iki na Onna "Lady Luck" (vivacious, saucy, with a caress of wild honey.)
7713 Inwood Road, 214.352.0005, www.shinseirestaurant.com

4 Ra Sushi and Sake Lounge

For those living on the North side of town, Ra Sushi and Sake is the perfect local hangout. Head over for their popular happy hour and get some great sushi rolls with your sake selection.
7501 Lone Star Drive, 469.467.7400, www.rasushi.com

5 Kenichi

Located inside Victory Park, Kenichi is a local hot spot to hit before heading to the American Airlines center to see a basketball game or concert. Equipped with an awesome sake menu (over 100 varities), Kenichi also whips up some great sake cocktails, such as the Classic Sakitini, with Momokawa Diamond Sake and Grey Goose, for those who like to put a toe in the water before diving in.
2400 Victory Park, 214.871.8883, www.kenichidallas.com
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