Food & Drink

Fort Worth landmark Tokyo Cafe reopens, with cocktails to toast

Tempura snapper “fish and chips” and a spicy tuna roll from the reopened Tokyo Cafe.
Tempura snapper “fish and chips” and a spicy tuna roll from the reopened Tokyo Cafe. bud@star-telegram.com

Tokyo Cafe is back after two years of repairs, and it definitely looks different.

For starters, it no longer looks like a 1970s Pizza Hut.

The Ho family’s flagship sushi restaurant now has larger windows to bring sunlight to the dining room facing Camp Bowie Boulevard, colorful lanterns and a more contemporary look.

The fire two years ago that closed the restaurant also burned into the signature Pizza Hut pavilion-style roof. During repairs, workers found old Pizza Hut to-go sacks that are now framed in Tokyo Cafe’s entryway.

The menu offers more of the same inexpensive sushi and bowls that have made Tokyo Cafe a landmark for nearly 20 years: the simple beef bowl with scallions ($9), sesame chicken ($9), a garlic-teriyaki roasted chicken ($16) or tempura snapper “Tokyo fish and chips” with seasoned fries ($12).

Tokyo Cafe offers chef Kevin Martinez’s “westside ramen” ($9) and sushi rolls from $4 and $5 up to a tempura lobster roll ($14), Cajun crawfish roll ($13), Tejas yellowtail roll with fried jalapeño and Sriracha ($11) or the Spice Girls roll ($11), which has outlived the popularity of its namesakes.

The new Tokyo also has a full bar with craft cocktails including the jalapeño piña-rita ($8), a cucumber-basil gimlet ($9) and a choice of Japanese whiskeys.

It’s open daily for lunch and dinner at 5121 Pershing Ave., three blocks north of Interstate 30 where Pershing and Camp Bowie Boulevard cross Merrick Street; 817-737-8568, tokyocafefw.com.

The same family owns Shinjuku Station and Cannon Chinese Kitchen in south Fort Worth.

Salsa season

Dallas-based Wild Salsa, a Mexico City-themed restaurant and tequileria, will open Wednesday in the CityPlace shops on Throckmorton Street downtown (the former Tandy Center).

Wild Salsa’s new menu adds chiles rellenos, grilled shrimp, ceviche and queso fundido to a menu of enchiladas, tacos and weekend brunch with a choice of salsas.

It’s open for dinner nightly except Mondays for now, with lunch and brunch hours coming next month; 300 Throckmorton St., 682-316-3230, wildsalsarestaurant.com.

A new Rise rises

One of the most popular Dallas restaurants for Tarrant County guests is Rise Nº1, a soufflé restaurant in Inwood Village.

So it was big news last week to learn that Rise Nº3 will open in the Shops at Clearfork along with Neiman Marcus.

The new shopping center is taking shape along the Chisholm Trail Parkway at Edwards Ranch Road near Press Cafe.

Malai Kitchen, a Vietnamese-Thai restaurant with a busy Southlake location, also will open in Clearfork along with a B&B Butchers & Restaurant steakhouse-deli from Houston and Chicago original Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen.

Malai, Rise and the new Neiman Marcus’ full-service NM Cafe all will serve weekend brunch, so there’ll be plenty of choices when the line is too long at Press Cafe. Some of the shops will open in spring.

Fieri flavor

More good news in other pages last week: Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives host Guy Fieri, who has always taken a liking to Arlington’s diverse restaurant offerings, will open his own in the new Texas Live! development near AT&T Stadium and a proposed baseball stadium.

He only says it’ll be a new concept, according to reporter Robert Philpot.

Fieri helped Arlington restaurants such as Prince Lebanese, Chop House Burgers and the Russian-themed Taste of Europe gain national followers, including diners making a DFW Airport stopover.

He also has a restaurant in a Louisville, Ky., project developed by Texas Live! developer Cordish Co.

Bud Kennedy: 817-390-7538, bud@star-telegram.com, @EatsBeat. His column appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in DFW.com.

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