Whether you’re looking for exotic flavors, a particular type of international cuisine or maybe a bit of both, fill up your dining passport at these globally-inspired restaurants that are as tasty as they are authentic.
In the North Dallas suburb of Richardson, Afrah has been the go-to place for authentic Lebanese fare. An alum of the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” the family-owned restaurant started as a small pastry shop and has since expanded from its humble, original space into a palacelike building next door, and has opened a location in Irving. Afrah’s famous daily lunch buffet includes all the hummus, baba ghanoush, shawarma, tabbouleh and kofta one could ever eat, but the full menu is available anytime. Reserve some of your appetite for dessert, though, as the variety of baklava and pastries—and the gelato—are well worth it.
In nearby Addison, Chef Mansour Gorji’s Canary by Gorji serves “New Mediterranean” dishes and prepared-to-perfection steaks. Regionally influenced flavors hail from Greece and Italy to Spain, North Africa and the Middle East for exotic cuisine that’s both creative and contemporary.
Latin American/Mexican Cuisine
We’re not talking about Tex-Mex here; when it comes to executing the true flavors of Mexico, find authenticity in an intimate, upscale setting at Javier’s. This Highland Park establishment is a longtime local favorite because of its top-shelf tequila bar, cigar lounge and flavorful dishes.
For Spanish cuisine, head to charming tapas restaurant Café Madrid. Discover elevated ambiance with weekly appearances by a live band, whose melodies and rhythms that transport diners to a charming sidewalk café in Barcelona.
Casa Rubia in Trinity Groves puts a modern spin on Spanish small plates and a paella that changes daily. For a light meal or happy hour, order a charcuterie board with a glass of sangria or Spanish wine.
The French Room, located within the historic Adolphus Hotel downtown, has long been considered a Dallas institution. Patrons will find an elegant dining experience consisting of multiple courses, an extensive selection of Petrossian caviars and a Chef’s Tasting Menu with wine pairings selected by the house sommelier.
Bouchon 1314, a newly opened bistro and wine shop in the Oak Cliff neighborhood, offers seasonal, European-inspired fare. Locals love the mussels in Provençal broth, prepared vegetables, grilled entrées and reasonably priced wine list.
For those craving cuisine that doesn’t skimp on spice, India Palace Restaurant & Bar is the place. The longstanding Indian restaurant in North Dallas has been satisfying Dallas diners with traditional dishes such as tandoori meats, tikka masala, curry and several vegan/vegetarian options (matter paneer, channa dal, aloo gobi and more) since 1985. Sip on a chai, darjeeling tea or mango lassi to complete the experience.
Chef Teiichi Sakurai (the owner of One Arts Plaza’s award-winning Tei-An restaurant) opened the standing-room-only Ten Ramen in 2015. What it lacks in square footage is made up for in hot, tasty broth and freshly cooked noodles accompanied by perfectly roasted pork bellyand an authentic Japanese dining experience.
For dim sum, look no further than Kirin Court in Richardson. Order off the menu for traditional dishes like Peking duck and appetizers for the adventurous (think shark fin dumplings and jellyfish with sesame oil). Served daily, the dim sum menu is Kirin Court’s specialty; and as carts arrive at tables filled with hot shrimp dumplings, pork buns and other traditional tapas-style Chinese delicacies, it’s not hard to see why.