(UPDATED 6/27/2017) Description and review of late night dining at Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine, an upscale Japanese restaurant located in East Sacramento. See UPDATE below.
After a recent neighborhood association meeting three of us headed over to Kru on Folsom Boulevard in East Sacramento for a bite to eat. It was a Monday evening after 7:00 p.m., and we were caught by surprise at how busy it was. The place was hopping.
We did not have reservations as this was a spur of the moment decision. A table was estimated to be an hour’s wait, so we went to check out the bar. The bar area was full, but the bartender led us to a booth near the entryway explaining that it was also considered part of the bar.
He went out of his way getting us settled in, lugging over a tree-stump table from the bar to give us more surface upon which to place our drinks and meal. He was happy to answer questions and make recommendations. We munched on edamame while looking over the menu.
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Two friends ordered sake after sampling two that were under consideration. After tasting both they settled on a carafe of Joto Nigori ($18) – which also happened to be the recommendation of the bartender. I opted for a glass of wine.
We decided to share two rolls and the roasted Brussel sprouts. After we had ordered, the hostess approached us and thoughtfully offered us a table that had opened up as a result of a cancellation. We were, however, all settled in and opted to stay put.
We ordered the Firecracker Roll (crab, avocado, topped with salmon, spicy garlic sauce, tempura crisps, jalapenos, tobiko, kimchee ponzu) ($13) and the Spicy Liz Roll (spicy tuna, cucumbers, topped with lomi salmon) ($12.50). Both rolls were delish.
The roasted Brussel sprouts ($8) and dipping sauce were a real standout. The Brussel sprouts are now officially on my list of favorites (along with the sake steamed mussels). The roasted Brussel sprouts did not at that point appear on the regular menu – but we were told that so many customers from the old J Street location had asked about them that they were making a comeback.
As our get-together was a belated birthday celebration we shared the Mochie Brownie (which sported a birthday candle). It was a fitting finish to a most enjoyable evening.
I really like Kru’s food and atmosphere, the service has always been good. However, I must say the service that evening was especially top-notch.
As we walked back to the car we all agreed that we were looking forward to warmer weather and dining outside on one of Kru’s two patios.
(UPDATED 6/27/2017) Kru recently announced that the popular restaurant is dropping lunch service – and instead focus on providing the best possible bar and dinner experience. Kru will now open for small bites at 4:00 p.m. and full dinner service will start on 5:00 p.m.
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