Description and review of take-out lunch/dinner from Origami Asian Grill, a fast-casual Asian fusion restaurant located on Folsom Boulevard in East Sacramento.
Origami Asian Grill has been on my “go to” list since it first opened in 2018. I had heard good things about the restaurant and finally decided it was time to check it out. Origami Asian Grill is owned by Scott Ostrander and Paul diPierro.
While the COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants have eased up a bit, I don’t anticipate “dining in” in the foreseeable future. I therefore ordered on-line for pickup that day. Ordering on-line was both easy and convenient! The most difficult thing was making up my mind on what to order.
Origami Asian Grill is located on the corner of 48th Street and Folsom Boulevard. There are two narrow outdoor seating areas located in front and one the side of the building. I really like the look of the two patio’s – lined as they are on the exterior with assorted living plants.
The interior of the small restaurant is what I would describe as modern/industrial, with crisp, clean lines.
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When I arrived at 11:30 a.m. my order was ready to go so it was an easy in and out. Freshly prepared, my lunch was still piping hot when I arrived home.
Origami Asian Grill has a build-your-own format. Choose your entrée, vegetables, and sauce. To that you can add a protein and any of the offered extras at an additional cost.
The Fried Chicken (Petaluma half bird, infused maple, Szechuan peppercorn, orange, rosemary ($14) and a Rice Bowl ($9) sounded like a good combination. For my Rice Bowl I chose brown rice and Set #2 of the seasonal vegetables (Delta Asparagus and red bell pepper with lemon). I also selected the fermented chili miso sauce. Other sauce choices offered were charred onion glaze and House hot sauce.
I did not choose to add one of the protein options (grilled chicken, fried chicken tenders, glazed pork belly, smoked Tri Tip, marinated tofu) to my Rice Bowl as the fried chicken would fill that role.
I enjoyed the Fried Chicken. It was a generous portion of five pieces, and the coating was both flavorful and crispy. The interior was likewise tasty and juicy. The dish was not greasy much to my delight. It was a bit spicy, but not overly so.
While one might think that fried chicken at an Asian fusion restaurant would have an Asian spin it did not. The flavor was different, but I liked the combination of ingredients used. I especially noticed the taste of orange zest.
My Rice Bowl was also very flavorful, filled with the vegetables of my choice. The rice, as one would expect, was done perfectly. I enjoyed the fermented chili miso sauce. It also had a bit of a kick.
I understand that the restaurant sources local ingredients whenever possible, and that they make their own noodles in-house.
The portions were more than adequate, enough for two lunches and one dinner.
On my list to try next – the Banh Mi and the Cold Noodle Salad.
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Comments on Origami Asian Grill?
What has been your experience? Do you have a favorite dish or two that you would recommend? Do you have a favorite sauce?
Origami Asian Grill Snapshot:
- 4801 Folsom Boulevard #1, Sacramento, CA 95819
- (916) 400-3075
- COVID-19 Hours: Monday – Saturday (11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) Closed Sunday.
- Vegan & Vegetarian Options
- Outdoor dining
- Parking: Small parking lot in back & street parking
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