Teppo turns 15! Teppo Yakitori and Sushi Bar, Dallas.
Well, it's been fifteen years since Teiichi Sakurai opened the first in an impressive collection of distinguished and exceptional Japanese restaurants in Dallas. Teppo Yakitori & Sushi opened in 1995 and was an immediate success with critics and the public alike – and has remained so over the years. It was followed by Tei-Tei Robata Bar in 1998 and Tei-An in 2008. Prior to opening Tei-An, Teiichi sold the first two restaurants to their respective Executive Chefs – Tei-Tei to Katsutoshi Sakamoto, and Teppo to Masayuki Otaka.
^ Teppo Executive Chef Masayuki Otaka - "Masa" to his many friends.
^ Invited guests line out the door awaiting access to Teppo's 15 Anniversary "buffet."
^ There are many familiar faces and even some past employees in the crowd – and one particular notable guest in the kitchen (a story about him is on the way.)
^ The chairs from the sushi bar and the one row of tables are removed to accommodate the throngs.
^ (at the right) Head Sushi Chef Tomoaki Nishigaya – "Tommy." Not the usual fare, but a selection of traditional braised meats was delicious all the same. Teppo specializes in spectacular sushi, yakitori (grilled chicken), kushiyaki (other grilled dishes), as well as inspired Japanese specialties. – and, of course, omakase.
^ Masa is ever toiling over his yakitori grill; ^Teiichi arrives to deliver a traditional gift – this stunning flower arrangement.
^ My great friends Kim, Bill and James got me hooked on this place 15 years ago, and I still have my birthday here each year. Teppo holds a very special place in my heart – and remains an outstanding establishment.
I will soon follow up with a photo essay of many stunning dishes I've enjoyed here over the years – I have a lot to work with.