Koshi Ramen Bar

3581 Truxel Rd Suite #2
Sacramento, CA 95834

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Located at the popular Natomas shopping center with Regal, Koshi Ramen Bar serves up a variety of Japanese Ramen to the masses. At this location, you order at the counter and then find a table where the food will be brought out to you. There is a variety of different types of ramen available with a multitude of different toppings for an additional cost. Upon reviewing the menu, we knew what we wanted to order.

Today, we ordered the Tonkotsu ramen medium spicy and the miso ramen spicy. We also requested for additional noodles and meat on the side. After paying and finding a seat, the food arrived after a brief wait. The tonkotsu ramen broth was nice and rich. You can definitely taste the pork flavors. The medium level of spice was perfect. The noodles were more al dente, but I normally prefer softer noodles for ramen. The meat had a very porky flavor, so even with only two pieces of meat, they went perfectly with the ramen noodles. The spicy miso broth was also nice and spicy. The flavor of the miso was still evident through the spice. The tonkotsu broth still tasted better. The extra noodles and pork did not cost much more, so that definitely added to the value of the meal.

Overall, Koshi did a great job in making their ramen broth taste good. With the exception of the noodles and the oddly overly porky pork, their ramen is the best in Natomas! Service was amazing from the time we ordered to the time we received the food. The prices are reasonable, but not cheap. If you are feeling ramen and happen to be in Natomas, Koshi will not disappoint.

Kabob & Grill

1850 Del Paso Rd Ste #4
Sacramento, CA 95834

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Located right off of Del Paso Road and Gateway Park Boulevard, Kabob & GrillĀ  serves up a variety of Afghan, Indian, Pakistani, and Chinese Cuisine. At first thought, a restaurant that serves up such a variety of cuisines is worrisome, but we decided to give them a try anyways.
Today, we decided to order the Afghan Mixed Grill and Afghan Bolani. After calling in the order, we were told there would be a 20 minute wait. When I picked up the order, I found out that the white yogurt sauce does not normally come with the meal, so i asked for some. The sauce containers were very large. The meal also came with a large green sauce container, which had a lot of refreshing cilantro flavor. The Afghan Mixed Grill came with plenty of rice, chicken, spiced beef, salad, and naan. The chicken was not dry and went well with the sauces. The beef had a lot of spices in it already, but was quite a flavor overload. The naan was the highlight of the dish because it was fresh and flavorful. Like the beef, the bolani was overly spiced to the point where you don’t really taste the potatoes. Instead of the full-sized order, I should have just ordered the half size. The bolani at Chopan Kabob in Elk Grove tastes a whole lot better than the one here.
Overall, Kabob & Grill serves up some very authentic dishes, but the ones we tried today were not very impressive. There is better tasting Afghan food in Elk Grove at Chopan Kabob. If you happen to be in Natomas, I would suggest coming here for the naan, but the bolani was quite disappointing.

Co Do Restaurant

4251 Truxel Rd c1

Sacramento, CA 95834

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Located in a busy plaza in Natomas, Co Do Restaurant serves up authentic Vietnamese food to nearby residents. As the only authentic Vietnamese restaurant around, Co Do fills a much needed cuisine in the area for those looking for some Pho, Bun, or Bo Bun Hue. As we entered the restaurant, we were quickly brought to a table and provided with menus. There was a large variety of Vietnamese dishes on the menu along with a few Chinese dishes. After reviewing the menus for a while, we were ready to order.

Today, we decided to order the shredded rolls, rare beef pho, and the pork with dry vermicelli noodle (bun). The shredded rolls were interesting because it contained salty pork skin and thin slices of pork. I was not a fan of the saltiness or the chewy pork skin. The rare beef pho came piping hot. The broth was fairly light, but had some flavor. The meat was tender and went well with the noodles. When the dry noodles arrived, I noticed that they included some of the salty pork skin, which I quickly removed from my dish. The egg rolls were tasty and the shrimp was nice and charred. The flavor of the dish when mixed with the provided sauce was not as flavorful as from other Vietnamese restaurants, but it tasted OK.

Overall, Co Do Restaurant fills a void in Natomas for Vietnamese food. It is not the best Vietnamese food by far, and service was hit or miss depending on who is checking on you. But if you are in Natomas and are looking for pho, then you should not hesitate to visit.

King Buffet – Long Beach CA

530 Pine Ave

Long Beach, CA 90802

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Located in the heart of Long Beach, King Buffet serves up a plethora of Asian food options for hungry customers. Coming in at a mere $6.99 per person, this is one of the best deals you can get for a lunch meal. After parking in the garage behind the restaurant that provides two hours of free parking, we walked around the corner to get into the restaurant. We were quickly greeted and brought to our table for our drink order. We opted for complimentary water, and we were on our way to the buffet. The buffet had a wide range of items from various Chinese stir fried dishes, Mongolian BBQ, desserts, fruit, salad, sushi, and soft serve ice cream. Some of the more valuable dishes included meatballs, whole fish, shrimp, and beef. I made three trips to the buffet line before I got stuffed and headed for ice cream. The ice cream is more on the icier frozen side, which was not as appetizing, but still tasty. Food quality is mediocre, but you get what you pay for. Each of the buffet trays stayed pretty full as there were plenty of customers, and the restaurant refilled items quickly. A server even came by to check on us and offer refills. After you finish eating, a server brings by the check. If you are in the downtown Long Beach area and are feeling very hungry, then you can definitely get a value-filled fill up at King Buffet. If you are looking for quality flavorful food, then you will not find that here, but you are definitely getting what you pay for.

Ming Dynasty

1211 Broadway

Sacramento, CA 95818

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Located at the former site of Fortune House Restaurant on Broadway across from Target, Ming Dynasty brings a new contender to Sacramento’s dim sum scene. The last time I tried Fortune House, I left disappointed due to poor service and adequate quality food. On this new visit to Ming Dynasty, it was quite hard to locate a parking spot, but we snagged one behind the restaurant. Upon entry, the hostess provided a 10-15 minute wait since the restaurant was packed. Within 5 minutes, we were called to a table where a host took our tea order. We were able to order our favorite Pu Erh Chrysanthemum tea, which arrived in a glass teapot with infuser. The tea infused very quickly and tasted delicious. We were seated near the entrance to the kitchen (my favorite), so we had plenty of opportunities at first dibs at all of the fresh food.

We ordered many favorites including har gow, siu mai, lotus leaf sticky rice, beef rice noodle roll, deep-fried shrimp ball, Shanghai soup dumpling, deep-fried pork dumpling, and egg tart. We did get to try one new dish called the crispy shrimp rice noodle roll, which I highly recommend. It is basically the shrimp rice noodle roll, but with a fried noodly shrimp inside! Unfortunately, the deep-fried shrimp ball was disappointing because it didn’t contain much shrimp and tasted floury. The rest of the dishes were delicious!

I would definitely suggest coming to eat dim sum here instead of any other restaurant in Sacramento! Amazingly, we had the best service out of any dim sum restaurant here, which is very rare. We were checked on multiple times and had our tea refilled without asking many times. If you like dim sum or want to try dim sum, you must give Ming Dynasty a try! On a side note, there was a sign saying you can order dim sum all day!

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