Tucked away in the strip at Boll and McKinney Avenue is m favorite dining spot in Dallas: Sharaku. Many only enter this fantastic purveyor of tasty bits and sake while waiting for their table at Yutaka, the big sister sushi restaurant next door, missing out on the delicacies available within. While I am reluctant to share my secret joy with the masses, their success means my continued enjoyment of this establishment.
While many restaurants offer complex and ornate dishes, few can come close to the symphony of flavor offered in the simple kushiyaki at Sharaku. Simple favorites include: Tokyo Onion, Bacon Wrapped Tomato, Shishito Pepper and Chicken Meatball. These are the kind of dishes that make your mouth do a happy dance and your whole body sit back with closed eyes so that you can fully appreciate the flavor wave. I still can't figure out how they make that grilled onion taste so insanely delicious, but who cares as long as it is there for the tasting.
Sharaku is the only place I know of in Dallas proper that serves Shabu Shabu. Shabu Shabu is basically a pot of boiling broth and vegetables. You are brought your choice of meat, which you cook in the pot and then dip in savory sauce before devouring. Sushi is also available, which is prepared at Yutaka.
Those seeking healthy foodie options will appreciate Sharaku's cooking style; kushiyaki is grilled over hot coals. No oils, frying, butter, etc. to be worried about. The portions are also friendly, most come with four pieces per skewer. Everything is prepared quickly, so no need to walk away hungry or stuffed. Order as you go, sipping amazing sake while you leisurely dine, assuring you get exactly what you need and want for complete culinary satisfaction.