Soft-serve concept that opened in Dallas' Victory Park in early 2020 hails from Australia. They have stores across Asia as well as Houston and Virginia Beach. Their selection of soft-serve ice cream includes more than 100 flavors, although they usually feature three at a time, one always being their signature flavor, sea salt, tinted pale aqua. You can get it solo or in a swirl with one of their two other rotating flavors such as hot cocoa and apple cinnamon.
This big international name in ramen will open its first location in Texas in Plano, in one of the food stalls at the Mitsuwa Marketplace, tentatively in mid-September. Dubbed "the pioneer of Japanese ramen noodle," Dosanko was established in 1961 by Japanese ramen pioneer Tamotsu Aoike, who opened his first restaurant in Tokyo. They tout their perfect match of noodles with miso paste and vegetables, calling it "a bowl of happiness."
Japanese import was brought to Plano in 2019 by Tokyo-based DRC Co. restaurant group as their first foray in America. The driving force was the relocation of Toyota's headquarters to Plano, as well as the opportunity to bring a unique Japanese restaurant with staff and chef from Japan. They do modern Japanese cuisine, including sushi, traditional binchotan-grilled robata dishes, and Japanese cocktails.
Chain from South Korea specializes in Korean-style hot dogs, street foods, coffee, and drinks. Korean-style hot dogs are coated in a rice-flour batter, coated in panko crumbs, and deep-fried, like a cousin to the good old American corny dog. This is their first location in Texas; they opened in July in Frisco Ranch, a bustling center with a 99 Ranch Market.
Tokyo concept opened at 2023 Greenville Ave. in 2019, where it has brought a new kind of ramen. Hinodeya comes from Masao "Mark" Kuribara, a fourth-generation chef and restaurateur whose family boasts a 134-year history in the restaurant business in Japan. This was his fourth restaurant in the U.S., and the first restaurant outside California. Their specialty is dashi ramen — a noodle bowl whose broth is based on dashi, the seafood-based foundation of much of Japanese cuisine.
Jinya Ramen Bar
Ramen chain was founded in Tokyo in 2000, and has six locations in Japan. They came to the U.S. in 2010, opening their first U.S. location in Studio City, California. They're now in 14 states across the U.S., including Victory Park in Dallas where they opened in 2019. Their ramen selection is broad: 13 signature bowls with 20-plus toppings in vegetarian, chicken, or pork/tonkatsu broth. The menu also includes rice and curry bowls and a variety of Japanese-inspired small plates.
Filipino fast-food chain known for its crispy fried chicken opened a restaurant in Plano in August in a former Pollo Tropical space at 1016 Preston Rd. In addition to fried chicken, which comes with steamed rice and gravy, they also serve spaghetti with ham and hot dogs. Plano is their third store in Texas and their 45th store in the U.S. They say they chose West Plano for its diverse population and food scene.
The hip new noodle shop in town is Marugame Udon, which specializes in fresh, made-to-order udon noodles, tempura, good food, and a fun atmosphere. Marugame was founded in Japan in 2000, and currently has more than 1,000 locations including two in Hawaii and seven in California. They just made their DFW debut with a location in Carrollton in August; a second will open in Dallas' Old Town Shopping Center at 5500 Greenville Ave. in the fall.
Japanese restaurant concept was founded in Tokyo more than 60 years ago, and is opening on Dallas' Greenville Avenue in early 2021. Manpuku is a Japanese BBQ, aka yakiniku, restaurant, where you get bites of raw beef, pork, seafood, and vegetables that you cook at your table over gas or charcoal grills. Their signature dish is Leek and Tongue with Salt, a dish they say was born in the Tsukishima area of Tokyo, consisting of beef tongue topped with finely chopped Tokyo Negi — onion — and spices.
Exceptional vegetarian Indian restaurant is part of an India-based international chain that opened its first location in Irving in 2012, and opened a location in Plano in 2015 at 8908 Ohio Dr. That's not recent, but their arrival was a big deal, and their quality and authenticity is high. Try the thali ("special meal"), a colorful sampler that gets you 10 little tastes of spicy heaven, accompanied by pristine white rice.
Vishnuji Ki Rasoi
Indian restaurant in Irving that opened in April is part of a concept founded in India. Vishnuji specializes in Maharashtrian cuisine, from the west-central Indian state of Maharasha; it's simple, comforting vegetarian food, done in a home-style manner. Vegetables, lentils, and grains including wheat and rice play a big role, and if you like breads, you like Maharashtrian food because they have a whole collection of goodies such as vadas (like a doughnut), pavs (like a dinner roll), and polis (like a pancake). This is the first in Texas and the second in the U.S.; the first opened in California in 2019.