Restaurants & Bars 4

Waka (Dallas)

Donnie C | Apr 12, 2004 09:39 AM

Waka was selected by the DMN as one of the 5 best new restaurants for 2003. I think they got it right. My favorite asian restaurant in Dallas is Tei Tei and it now has a rival. Waka is an interesting blend of east and west. The tuna tartare is the best I have ever had and I must say that I make a mean one myself. The tuna was perfectly seasoned and came atop a molded layer of avocado. The skewers of chicken and beef were mixed. The chicken was very nice but the kobe beef was tough and tasteless. We also had mixed reviews on one of the entrees, a lemon grass chicken. Exit those two dishes and the rest was a dream. We also found east and west in the house "special" rolls. We loved the "popcorn shrimp" roll and the "lone star", which featured bbq chicken, jalapeno and cream cheese. These rolls are very large and are sliced thin, an unexpected visual treat. The wine list is small but good. We found a New Zealand Sauv Blanc that was well worth the $28. I also tried the sake tasting menu and found a wonderful sake that I will look forward to having again. All in all, Waka is well worth the drive if you live under LBJ and a must if you live north.

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