I’ve given rave reviews about Wabi House for some time now. The loudest reviews have been to my twenty-something friends because I visit Wabi House no less than once a week. Located in the Lower Greenville area of Dallas; it’s right in my neck of the woods.
The entrance is decorated with a vibrantly decorated mural and outdoor seating with an open bar…weather permitting of course. The interior of the restaurant is decorated with punches of framed color set against pale walls with Edison bulbs hanging from a dark, wooden-beamed ceiling. The long, narrow dining room is filled with comfy booths and a few seats overlooking the kitchen.
When I take my friends, we usually start with a couple of small plates. The first is always the plate of Sweet Corn Fritters. These amazing morsels are made with niblets of corn cut fresh from the cob which is perfectly seasoned with salt and sansho pepper then drizzled with a spicy aioli. These babies are heavenly. The corn is sweet and savory with just enough breading to hold it all together. The drizzle of aioli is just the right amount of heat. We could go to Wabi House just for these.
I’ve also ordered the Karaage. Karaage is a method of cooking meats; in this case chicken. The bite-sized pieces are lightly coated with wheat flour and then fried in a light oil. They are perfect bites. The breading does not overpower the chicken. The bites are served with cubes of watermelon, sishito pepper and a drizzle of the same spicy aioli that comes with the corn fritters.
For my ramen dish I choose the Spicy Miso. The bowl arrives steaming hot and full of yummy ingredients including minced pork, bamboo shoot, scallion, chili strips and an egg. The miso broth is a great blend of salt, spicy and savory flavors. The key is to mix it up so you get a bit of all that goodness in each bite. I can assure you it is the best ramen I’ve ever had. I find myself trying to decide whether to devour the entire bowl or save some to take home for the next day’s lunch.
So the rumors are true…Wabi House IS the place to get ramen in Dallas. I am kicking myself for not going sooner, but I have already made up for lost time. They know me and my Australian Shepherd there now because we like to walk there and sit outside! I can’t help myself! My plan is to work my way through the entire menu. On my next visit I think I will try the Tonkotsu with chashu (marinated braised pork belly). I will try and save room for their Tapioca Parfait dessert.