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Zen Sushi

Map & Directions 380 W. Seventh St.
Dallas, TX 75208
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214-946-9699
  • Japanese, Sushi
  • Sun 5pm-9pm, Mon-Thu 5:30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards, Diners Club
  • Catering, Kid Friendly, Private Party, Prix Fixe, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Recommended for Large Parties, Accepted
  • Street

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Dallas Observer's Description

Zen Sushi's meditations are focused on the artifacts of the plate, nearly to the exclusion of all else. The surroundings are comfortable yet Spartan and reek of soul, much like the austerity of sushi's exacting craft and discipline. At the end of the sushi bar is a pulpit to such craft, a space where chef Michelle Carpenter turns this discipline and exactitude into performance art with her Omakase dinners. Omakase means to entrust, and traditionally the omakase onegaishimasu is an experience that grants chefs the authority to indulge whims. Such whims may include Southwestern strokes-cilantro, lime, jalapeño-or a specific "market-fresh catch" of the day with which she molds every square inch into an exalted scintilla. Her sushi is impeccable: cool, smooth and silky, like eating finely woven spring water over rice. Cool, racy strips of Spanish mackerel smoothly sliced from a whole silvery fish. Knolls of bright, fluffy tobiko. Tongues of rich uni over barren billets of rice. Zen Sushi is a raw fish respite blazing trails in Oak Cliff's Bishop Arts District, that small neighborhood enclave that is slowly hoisting itself onto the pedestal of urbanity. Let the raw battle rage.

 
Member Reviews

  • dallasobserverbestof wrote a review for Zen Sushi
    on 05/06/09
    4

    Chef Michelle Carpenter turns sushi into performance art with her omakase dinners, which lets her indulge her whims. Such whims may include Southwestern strokes—cilantro, lime, jalapeño—or a specific "market-fresh catch" of the day. The sushi is fresh, smooth and silken: racy strips of Spanish mackerel, bright fluffy tobiko; rich uni over rice. Zen Sushi is a raw fish respite... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • Dallas Observer on 12/13/10

    Best Sushi...says the Dallas Observer in our Best of Dallas 2010

  • Jason M. on 08/13/11

    After 78 visits, the sushi never disappoints

  • The Feast on 06/12/11

    Authentic Japanese eats by chef Michelle Carpenter. The monthly Secret Sushi Society meetings are a must for adventurous eaters—Carpenter has been known to bust out live lobster sashimi on occasion.

  • Rachel P. on 03/29/13

    Everything we ate was absolutely amazing! Ask your server for specific tastes so you get exactly what you want.

  • Trigger M. on 02/25/13

    The curried kabochi squash soup is the jam! Try it. It's pretty amazing.

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Best Of Awards

  • Chef Michelle Carpenter doesn't just have casual fans; she has devotees. The half-Japanese/half-Cajun sushi expert... More on Best Sushi »

  • Chef Michelle Carpenter turns sushi into performance art with her omakase dinners, which lets her indulge her... More on Best Sushi »

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