If you've got sushi, ramen or phở on the brain, you're in luck: we've found three fresh Elk Grove eateries to fill the bill. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you're in the mood for some Japanese, Vietnamese or Chinese food.
2513 W. Taron Court, Suite 120
Miyabi is a sushi bar and Japanese spot serving up rolls, bento boxes, sashimi and more. Located at 2513 W. Taron Court, Suite 120, the family-owned joint is still in its soft opening phase.
Customers can expect to find entrees like the pepperfin albacore with daikon, jalapeño and ponzu sauce; and house specialty rolls including the Sacramento, filled with soft-shell crab and topped with avocado, tuna, salmon and yellowtail.
Non-seafood fare includes Japanese comfort food classics like oyako donburi (chicken and egg over rice). The joint also has some plant-based options, like the Vegan roll with tempura yam and asparagus, topped with avocado and crushed honey walnuts.
With a five-star Yelp rating out of 16 reviews, Miyabi has already earned some fans.
Keny T., who reviewed the spot on July 5, said, "The mixed sashimi has a great variety of fresh fish which is nicely plated. The rolls were tasty with different ingredients and the sauces are on point. I like the fact that Miyabi rolls don't have much rice and they were not skimpy on the fish they put in it."
And Yelper Leslie B. added, "Ambience is nice and cozy. More importantly, the items we ordered were pretty good. There were plenty of servers and everyone was attentive and ready to make recommendations. I had the saba (mackerel). It was grilled nicely, very tender and juicy. I loved the slightly crispy underside."
Miyabi is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Friday, noon–11 p.m. on Saturday, and noon–10 p.m. on Sunday.
Wa Sushi & Ramen
9160 E. Stockton Blvd., Suite 130
Wa Sushi & Ramen is a sushi bar serving up sashimi, rolls, ramen and other Japanese dishes from its space at 9160 E. Stockton Blvd., Suite 130.
On the menu, look for the house specialty Sunshine roll, filled with tempura shrimp, spicy tuna, apple, and lemon and topped with fried leeks, escolar and avocado. Ramen choices include tonkotsu, miso and shoyu ramen with chashu pork, softboiled eggs and wood ear mushrooms.
Diners will also find a few more offbeat choices, like a pork katsu burger and a pork belly donburi, as well as combination bento boxes and sashimi platters.
Wa Sushi & Ramen's current Yelp rating of 3.5 stars out of 14 reviews indicates the newcomer is finding its way, but it's still early days.
Yelper Joseph M., who reviewed Wa Sushi & Ramen on June 23, wrote of the miso ramen, "The broth had enough consistency to pass for a thick, slightly sweet, hearty soup. Noodles were cooked to perfection, not soft/overcooked, and slightly chewy. Very satisfying and good."
But Tom N. noted, "Menu needs work. There are no descriptions or pictures on the menu items so it's hard to order. On top of that, the waitress had no idea what the food was like and could not explain how the dishes looked or how they were cooked."
Wa Sushi & Ramen is open from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 4:30–9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 4:30–9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 4–9 p.m. on Sunday.
Ha Noi Pho
9341 Big Horn Blvd.
Ha Noi Pho is a Vietnamese and Chinese eatery specializing in phở and the South Vietnamese pork and seafood noodle soup hủ tiếu. Located at 9341 Big Horn Blvd., the family-owned joint also offers an extensive menu of other Vietnamese and Chinese dishes including stir-fries and pan-fried noodles.
Customers can expect plenty of different soup and noodle options, like the pork and seafood noodle soup with shrimp and crab, or the Vietnamese pan-fried noodles with barbecue pork and housemade gravy.
Any bowl of phở can be made "Hanoi style," with fresh noodles and additional green onion, for an additional 50 cents.
Ha Noi Pho's current rating of 3.5 stars out of 44 reviews on Yelp indicates the newcomer's reception has been fair, though not perfect.
"Pho-nominal!" enthused Yelper Shawn S., who was one of the first to review the phở shop on June 24. "Make sure to order the fresh noodles. They are made fresh at the restaurant and unlike vermicelli type pho noodles, these are big, dense, flavourful monsters."
But Yelper Cat V. echoed some others' complaints about the service: "Service took way too long and it was not even busy! ... The pho was bland, salt and pepper shrimp were really good, and the garlic shrimp over rice was ok."
Ha Noi Pho is open from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. daily.