It can take up to eight hours to make one pot of Bamboo Bowl's pho. So it should come as no surprise that the soup possesses a rich, robust flavor. What may come as a surprise, is the fact that the enormously flavorful soup is also healthy. Made entirely from scratch using all-natural ingredients, it gets a flavorful punch from add-in ingredients like beef brisket, jalapenos, basil, and lime, instead of from artificial taste-enhancers like MSG or Willy Wonka's tears. In fact the Vietnamese restaurant doesn't use MSG in any of its offerings, from its traditional banh mi sandwiches––which come with a choice of fried tofu or meat, pan-fried egg, cilantro, soy sauce, and other tasty fillings–– to its vermicelli and rice dishes.
Jet City Pizzas start from the crust-up. Cooks press dough made from micro beer batter into the bottom of pans, or hand-toss buttermilk discs into shape. A gluten-free formula accommodates dietary needs, and a Seattle-style thin crust gains its trademark flatness by resting under an entire edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Next come the toppings, ranging from the Jumbo Jet's traditional mixture of meats, onions, and peppers, to such creative entries as the Gyro, a melange of tzatziki sauce, gyro meat, red onions, and Roma tomatoes. And if pizzas aren't enough on their own, there are plenty of sides, available, including cheesy garlic bread, saucy wings, and meatball grinders.
At most sushi restaurants, there are the usual suspects and there are the specialty rolls. Indeed, Wasabi Bay spotlights nearly 25 specialties such as the popcorn lobster roll, a snow crab, avocado, and cucumber medley crowned with your choice of fried lobster or a popcorn kernel with claws.
But such specialties only skim the surface of Wasabi Bay's creative approach to sushi. The eatery's massive menu also features rice-free rolls, including a riff on a spider roll whose soft shell crab and jalapeno arrives wrapped in cucumber. Chefs even whip up a handful of baked and tempura rolls, such as a deep-fried California roll.
Don't let "deep-fried" scare you off?cooks only batter rolls in spinach juice tempura, one among Wasabi Bay's many health-conscious ingredients, such as black rice. Alongside sushi, the culinary team crafts other Japanese-inspired dishes, from shitake mushroom- and crab-filled dumplings to grilled salmon coated with raspberry teriyaki sauce.