Our first visit to Keiichi was this evening. We arrived at 5 pm for a 5:30 reservation. Rather than sit in a warm car, having driven 36 miles, we went inside. My very first impression, even before food or ambiance, was "antiseptic clean". You could just tell!
The Sushi Bar, where the action is, has 10 seats. To be assured a seat, have a reservation. There is a dining table off to the side, and another bar on the other side of the main sushi bar with 4 seats. The upholstered chairs at the main sushi bar are very, very comfortable.
Keiichi is a serious chef. We were there with another couple, who frequent the restaurant. So it was the 4 of us and Keiichi, along with his lovely assistant, who is conversant about the menu. She knows all about the sushi, sake, beer, wine, Italian offerings, and entrees other than Sushi. She had just printed off the menu for the day. There is something for everyone at Keiichi!
We started off with Tasmanian Sea Trout with Ginger and Japanese Mint and Citrus Soy. Keiichi described Sea Trout with me, and finally, when he said it's "Steelhead", I knew exactly what he was offering. It was beautiful, and he carefully plated about a dozen slices of Sea Trout in symmetrical fashion, garnishing with chiffonades of fresh Japanese Mint , then garnished with the citrus soy. Amazing! I savored the sight and enjoyed the sensational combination!
The other couple recommended the Baby Yellowtail Carpaccio with Jalapeno Garlic Soy. Tempting, I thought, but the jalapeno just said "hot" to me. Once again, a quick consult with Keiichi assured me I would not be set on fire! He presented the dish in short order. Fantastic!
We moved on to Beef Tataki. Keiichi presented a plate of the most tender beef, seared and very rare, so delicious! Garnished with fresh wilted spinach...perfection!
My husband enjoyed a Sashimi Plate, a medley of Tuna, Baby Yellowtail, Flounder, Salmon, and Sea Trout. The flounder, especially was irresistible. Very, very fresh fish, all of it!
My husband ordered Miso soup. It was a larger than average portion of Miso, with spinach generously in sync with the broth. It had a musky-smokey subtle flavor. He and I also shared a 2 piece Snow Crab portion of Sushi.
I ordered the only roll of the evening: Salmon Skin Roll. Of course, the order was placed after a delightful discussion with Keiichi about the skin. Was it cooked or not? Was the salmon smoked? (I like smoke but it doesn't like me). Of course, it is cooked and crispy. He carefully crafted the roll, and upon presentation, I noticed the skin still had some salmon (not smoked) attached. It was amazing! So crunchy and luscious!
We left at 6:55, just in time to beat the next seating, which, we were told, gets very busy.
We were definitely on track for Sushi this evening, but other offerings, which change daily, included Fresh Tomato Pasta, Kinoko (Mushroom, Cream and Cheese) Pasta, Rack of Lamb (6 chops, according to Keiichi, with a starch and vegetable), Beef Tenderloin Steak (which his assistant raved about at the end of our dinner), and Tuna Steak with Tomato Risotto. Dessert offerings included Tiramisu and Grapefruit Sorbet. Sorry, we had to pass on those this time!
We also discussed "rice" with Keiichi, as depicted in the movie: "Jiro Dreams of Sushi". Keiichi also pointed out that they use bottled water for table service and cooking. Keiichi had a portion of prepeared rice, stored at his work station, covered in cloth which he reluctantly lifted to afford me a quick peek, in a cedar container.
We became aware of Keiichi through The Guide in The Dallas Morning News a few weeks ago. I cut the review out and we made a reservation prior to our trek to Denton. Just be advised, there is no fried rice or tempura/bento boxes on the menu. You can expect a restaurant experience of the most excellent sushi in an atmosphere conducive to conversation. I was glad we had the restaurant to ourselves, pretty much, to enjoy the finer points of Sushi with Keiichi.
Keiichi has the highest standards of excellence for the food he prepares. This is not inexpensive, by any means, but in line with some higher priced restaurants you might find in Dallas. Don't be deterred by the exterior of the building. You forget about that once your foot is in the door!
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