As I mentioned yesterday, I'm scrambling to finish visiting all of the restaurants that are participating in the Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge before the challenge ends Monday. So tonight, I headed over to Kru and managed to snag the very last stool at the end of the sushi bar.
I have to admit that I was dreading my visit to this particular restaurant because I was convinced that I didn't like sushi. I didn't eat it before I went vegan, and I really haven't liked the vegetarian sushi I've tried since becoming a vegan. And I don't like seaweed!
But I wasn't going to be able to write about Kru for this blog if I didn't check it out, so I ordered the Marinated and Grilled Shiitake Mushroom Nigiri and the Go Green Roll, and settled in with a lovely glass of Chardonnay.
When the food came out, I discovered that I still don't like seaweed, but I loved every other thing about my visit to Kru. It's a very friendly, very high energy restaurant, and I enjoyed sitting at the sushi bar watching Chef Billy Ngo work his magic. I can understand why Kru is the restaurant where other chefs come to eat!
The mushrooms in my Marinated and Grilled Shiitake Mushroom Nigiri seemed to alternate between a smoky taste and a light teriyaki flavor. They were served over rice in two little bundles that were held together with a strip of seaweed. Very tasty!
The Go Green Roll was especially creative. It was made with grilled green and yellow wax beans, Granny Smith apples, and cucumber, and topped with avocado, beet and radish sprouts, and miso mustard sauce. The creamy avocado was a nice contrast to the crunchy beans, apple, and cucumber. And it looked beautiful on the plate!
They also had a salad on their Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge menu, which I didn't try. It's a Crispy Burdock Root Salad, with mixed organic greens and kimchee ponzu.
Kru didn't have a vegan dessert on their menu, but the server said they could put together some fruit for me and I took her up on the offer. The bowl of strawberries, blackberries, grapefruit wedges, and green apples slices she brought to me was exactly the right thing to top off my excellent meal.
Kru is located at 2516 J Street. Their phone number is 916-551-1559, and their website address is http://www.krurestaurant.com/. They are open Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday from noon to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.