Around the World in Dallas: 9 Must-Try Global Spots

By Farah Fleurima  |  November 18, 2013

Like any city of its magnitude, Dallas has its share of terrific international cuisine, to the point where it’s easy to travel from one end of the globe to another, gastronomically speaking. Start your culinary journey at these worldly restaurants, no passport required.

  • Seoul Garden

    Those in the know about K-Town dining feed their “Seoul” at this unassuming spot. Don’t let its strip mall location fool you, some serious cooking goes on, with classics like kalbi and bulgogi as well as hot pots and stew. Pro tip: bring friends and order a slew of dishes to sample.

    2502 Royal Ln.; 972-484-6090

  • Mughlai

    A gamut of authentic Indian dishes await you in North Dallas, and Mughlai serves them up with incredible love and attention. A passion for sharing regional culinary highlights shines through in dishes such as the peppery kadhai gosht and paneer masala. The menu holds a nice variety of lamb and goat dishes, too.

    5301 Alpha Rd.; 972-392-7786

  • Pakpao

    From the people who brought you Oak and Belly & Trumpet comes a Design District winner in the eyes of Thai cuisine lovers. Chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin aims for authenticity, not wanting to infuse an American spin on his native cuisine. Your palate will be happy for his efforts. A sweet-spicy shrimp salad bursting with succulent seafood and the crispy catfish are highlights; takeout service has become popular among Design District dwellers.

    1628 Oak Lawn Ave.; 214-749-7002

  • Si Tapas

    In addition to (and probably because of) being an unabashed hub for watching FIFA matches, this tapas haven attracts local Spaniards, for plate after plate of seriously tasty fare. Dozens of hot and cold tapas are represented on the menu, as are soups and salads. Take a while to look it over and crack open a bottle of wine - you may as well stay a while, Euro-style.

    2207 Allen St., 214-720-0324

  • Boulevardier

    If you’re feeling rather French and long for something to transport you gastronomically, head to this Bishop Arts bistro. A top-notch charcuterie selection is a terrific starter, and you simply can’t leave without ordering the grilled oysters - which marry peppery, buttery brilliance and shellfish in one delicious symphony - and the light-as-a-whisper crawfish beignets. Specials on raw oysters rule on Wednesdays.

    408 N. Bishop Ave.; 214-942-1828

  • Mesa

    Dallas hasn’t done a great job of embracing truly authentic regional Mexican cuisine in the past, so it’s a tremendous surprise that Mesa and its Veracruz specialties have survived some initial slowness and shown some staying power. You can’t go wrong with the sumptuous family recipe mole, served over chicken or duck; it's renown was enough to draw in Beyoncé and Jay-Z for a dine during a recent tour stop in Dallas. And if it’s good enough for Beyoncé…

    118 W. Jefferson Blvd.; 214-941-4246

  • Lucia

    Situated in a tiny space, this Italian fine-dining gem is consistently booked solid. But if you can find a spot (pro tip: seating is first-come, first-served at the chef’s bar, and last-minute availability is usually blasted out on their social media), you can rejoice in the victory while savoring chef David Uygur’s outstanding housemade pasta, fresh and locally sourced meats and spot-on preparations. Otherwise, if at first you don’t succeed, call, call again.

    408 W. Eighth St.; 214-948-4998

  • Nora

    The more upscale offshoot of chef-owner Matt Pikar’s Afghan Grill, this establishment and its patrons have been an essential part of Lowest Greenville’s revitalization. And since it’s named after Pikar’s daughter, you’d imagine he’d want the restaurant to make quite an impression, which it does, with spiced stews like the kofta chalao and steamed beef dumpling dish called mantoo.

    1928 Greenville Ave.; 214-828-0095

  • Tei-An

    Much-lauded chef-owner Teiichi Sakurai has built his Arts District soba noodle house into Dallas’ go-to for authentic Japanese food. Aside from the sublime soba and ridiculously good ramen, the kitchen sources and serves up fresh and exotic seafood in soups and sushi and can even grill up a cut of luxurious miyazaki beef.

    1722 Routh St.; 214-220-2828