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Noodles and Tea: Japanese Culinary Traditions in San Antonio

Noodles_and_Tea2San Antonio harbors a secret (and surprising) penchant for ancient Japanese culture, which particularly pops up on the culinary scene. It’s one of the only cities in Texas with a genuine traditional Japanese tea garden, and it’s second-to-none with eclectic sushi dishes. Here’s where to experience the revered art of Japanese hospitality – Texas style!

Jingu House at Japanese Tea Garden

Spreading graciously across a former rock quarry in San Antonio, the Japanese Tea Garden harbors a maze of winding paths, ponds and arched stone bridges as well as a picturesque island and palm-leaf-lined Japanese pavilion. Head to Brackenridge Park to relax by the cascading 60-foot waterfall before popping in for tea at Jingu House. Order a traditional Japanese tea service, or linger longer for sushi, Asian wraps, spicy siracha stir fry or Thai salads.


Sumo Japanese Steakhouse

Sumo Japanese Steakhouse is where to engage in both the Japanese teppanyaki grill cooking and the more traditional Japanese hibachi steakhouse dishes. Bring along some friends for the culinary show, in which you’ll gather around a cozy table featuring a centerpiece iron griddle. With blazing fire and flying knives, the chef entertains while expertly creating a gourmet masterpiece meal. Try the all-natural Akaushi beef, which originates in Kumamoto, Japan.


If all-you-can-eat sushi makes your mouth water, then Yummi Japanese Restaurant is the dreamscape destination for dining in San Antonio. Race over there on Tuesdays from 5 to 9 p.m. for the endless sushi platters and appetizers. The menu evolves and changes, but you can pretty much count on sushi favorites such as Deep-Fried California, Spicy Tuna, Monterey, Habanero Salmon and Hollywood rolls. Whet your appetite with special-menu items, including harumaki, shiro miso soup and gyoza. Kids eat for almost half off on all-you-can-eat night.


Sushi Zushi

The words “contemporary” and “creative” spring to life inside Sushi Zushi, which loves twisting tradition around avant-garde Latin American dishes. The chef fearlessly allows Tex-Mex spices and flavors to sneak into classic Japanese concoctions. Be sure to try the San Antonio rolls and spicy tuna towers. Daily happy hours give you the chance to experience tempura tuna poppers, nigiri and sake cocktails.

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