Sushi de Handroll is now open in The Hill development at Walnut Hill Lane in North Dallas.
The Japanese restaurant is focused on tempura and temaki (those crispy seaweed rolls filled with raw fish, rice, and veggies that have been having a moment in Dallas as of late). Sushi de Handroll enters a competitive hand roll landscape on the heels of spots like Nori Handroll Bar in Deep Ellum and Namo in the West Village, whose fan bases are already quite well established.
But Sushi de Handroll’s owner Mai Takase, whose background includes American and Japanese cuisines, plans to do something a bit different. For starters, the temaki at Sushi de Handroll are mostly “sushi tacos” served open faced in metal taco holders instead of rolled like at the other spots. The price point is also lower, with temaki sets starting at three for under $10 and five for less than $15 at lunch, including miso soup. Diners can upgrade to a house favorite, crunchy shrimp tempura, for a dollar more. Hand roll options include a California roll, spicy tuna, salmon avocado, Akaushi beef braised in Coca-Cola, plus a few others.
Dinner offers several omakase options that range from just under $20 to $24. Themes like “Surf & Turf” or “Meat Lovers” include five to six hand rolls and tempura appetizers like a delicate Hanjuku egg.
Japanese-born Takase hired a mural artist who goes by the name of Charu to create the bold, graffiti-style mural along the back wall of the otherwise stark space. Takase herself serves as executive chef and has hired three other chefs to accommodate a bustling restaurant, including current Art Institute of Dallas culinary student Hanna Ferrell. Momo Do will manage the restaurant’s operations.
Takase hopes to showcase Japanese food in an approachable way that Texans can appreciate. If this means lots of fried things and making hand rolls more like sushi tacos, so be it.