Wabi House on Lowest Greenville is the fulfillment of chef Dien Nguyen’s vision for a late-night ramen house there — although the late-night part hasn’t been fully realized yet. He’s still waiting on a special-use permit from the city that will allow him to keep Wabi House open until 4 a.m., but in the meantime he’s got the ramen part down. Even the traditional ramen bowl, the tonkotsu, is packed with flavor and the spicy miso has the perfect amount of kick. Nguyen, who’s just a big foodie at heart, grew up in Fort Worth; he trained in cities all over the United States before deciding to open Wabi House because he believed Dallas was missing out on the ramen craze other cities have embraced. The restaurant is right on the corner of Greenville and Lewis, and it has a modern rustic flair, which makes it both dressy and casual. But mostly the design is sleek and simple because Nguyen wants the focus to be on the food — nothing obstructive. “Like how you would have ramen in Japan, on a street corner,” explains the restaurant’s spokeswoman Teresa Nguyen. “The design fits [Dien Nguyen]. The whole concept is very him.”

Wabi House
1802 Greenville

Dressy casual

Price range:

Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.-midnight; Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-midnight

Did you know?
Hanging lights were added above each table after the restaurant opened so foodies could have better lighting to take pictures of their ramen bowls

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