Noble Rice had been on my radar for a while. As soon as I mentioned eel, saki, and ramen MJ was on board.
Noble Rice is cozy and simple. Our server explained the menu to us and we decided on a few items to share. He also taught us how to say Izakaya (ee-ZAH-ka-yah) a term for a Japanese gastropub. We began with Yellowtail Sashimi. Our sashimi was followed by the eel roll (May Kasahara) and the Toru Okada roll. They were both phenomenal. The Toru Okada was out of this world. It features spicy tuna and cucumber topped with yellowtail, avocado, and salmon. As a self-proclaimed sushi connoisseur, I tasted something different from others that I’d tried. This is largely in part to the fact that they never buy frozen fish. It is the type of sushi that you know that you’ll crave afterward. Fresh, simple, and packed with flavor. Just like owner Eric Fralick intended it to be.
To finish off the meal MJ ordered the Tan Tan Men which he describes as, “rich in flavor with a kick.” His ramen had a base of triple chicken stock, spicy ground pork, chili oil and more. Tuna Poke made its way to my side of the table and I enjoyed some of the best tuna I’ve ever had. I couldn’t get over how delicious it was. Too full to try the NFC Steam Buns, Chilled Seared Scallops, and Mentaiko Pasta we reluctantly decided to save them for when we inevitably returned.
To enjoy your own experience at Noble Rice, simply stop by any day but Monday. At this time, they do not accept reservations or call-ahead seating. On July 14th, their new menu rolled out. Perfect excuse to go back!
Have you been? What’s your favorite item on the list?