Asking guests to leave common expectations of Japanese cuisine at home, Nobuo Fukuda, the talent behind this award-winning restaurant, innovates and creates some amazing dishes for lunch at this historic Phoenix-home-turned-eatery. A James Beard Award winner and named “Best New Chef” by Food & Wine magazine a while back, Fukuda translates his Japanese heritage with home-style cooking and has become famous for educating his guests.
The menu is an experience that is meant to be enjoyed over multiple visits. The Warm Duck Salad, made with soy zinfandel, grilled greens and a yuzu vinaigrette, is a favorite with flavors that meld so well. The Tonkatsu Sandwich made with Panko fried pork cutlets on toasted shoku pan from Arai Bakery includes a tasty Japanese coleslaw. To top it off, the limited menu concludes with the Okonomiyaki, made up of seafood, a pork pancake, okonomi sauce, aonori, shaved Bonito and Japanese mayo.
The restaurant is the old Teeter House, which Fukuda has transformed into a bit of a turn-of-the-century Japanese teahouse. Simple designs and cool, quiet stylings make this a quaint spot for a quick bite or a lengthy meeting over lunch. Open and airy, the décor is a hint of the Orient combined with the thick wood moldings and earth-toned furnishings atop the wood floors.
Nobuo at Teeter House
622 E. Adams St., Phoenix