New sushi restaurant in Dallas Design District has creative food & drink
Sushi is so popular right now and there's a place that just opened in Dallas' Design District from a veteran operator: Called Shodo, it's a Japanese concept serving sushi, with a companion omakase room, that also incorporates Japanese flavors and ingredients in other components of the menu, as well.
Shodo is at 1628 Oak Lawn Ave. #110, in what was once Oak Dallas, and according to a release is by Route 62 Hospitality (PakPao, El Bolero), the company from Richard Ellman, who also owned Oak and who subsequently opened a steakhouse in the space called Wits in 2021. He's nothing if not nimble, and omakase is all the rage in Dallas these days.
Menu items include:
- Wagyu Beef Tataki Sashimi - seared A5 Tataki
- Mango Madai Crudo with Yellowtail
- Tuna Tower
- Shodo Roll with Lobster, A5 Wagyu and truffle scallion
- Inari - a traditional sushi with sushi rice stuffed inside deep-fried tofu pockets, yummy
The beverage program features Japanese flavor profiles and ingredients with cocktails such as
- Geisha Martini - Haku vodka, yuzu, and Lilet Blanc
- Myoga Old Fashioned - Toki Whiskey, bitters, ginger, orange
- Cherry Blossom - Grey Goose Cherry Noir vodka, dry vermouth, cherry
- Yuzu Margarita - Tequila Herradura, Yuzuri, agave, lime
- Sesame Mojito - Bacardi Rum, sesame, mint, lime, soda
Many a cocktail list has been featured on CultureMap, but few have been that enticing. There is also an extensive selection of sake and Japanese whiskey, as well as a regular wine list.
Decor in the 4,000-square-foot space features nods to ancient culture including artwork in the bathrooms, a private omakase room with a zen and buddha theme, and a large snow monkey mural with a nod to Jigokudani, the town in Tokyo where they live.
The main dining room offers seating for 60, bar seating for 20, 10 seats at the sushi bar, an omakase room with 12 seats and a private dining room for up to 40 people. The omakase room allows guests to enjoy special coursed dinners within the privacy of their own room.
The release says that "shodo" refers to the art of ancient Japanese calligraphy — not to be confused with the similar-sounding Shoyo, the acclaimed sushi restaurant from chef Jimmy Park on Greenville Avenue.