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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