If you are from the Massachusetts area then, I have a restaurant for you! Sapporo Korean BBQ & Sushi restaurant is a traditional Korean experience right in your local area aka Westboro, MA. A family run business, Sapporo offers authentic Korean cuisine and BBQ, unique flavorful, widely varied of sushi rolls married with a relaxed fun family friendly ambiance. Now when I say family owned, I mean family owned. More often then not you will see the owners son and daughter in law walking around the restaurant, greeting customers, filling waters glasses always bearing a bright smile.
Now I know what some of you may be thinking, Korean food? I don't know how I feel about that. I'm used to Chinese food, but not Korean food! Will I like it?! Will I eat something I'm not used to?!
|Nabe Yaki Udon|
Let me calm your hesitations. If you give it a shot, you will love it. For those who are nervous about trying new foods look at it this way; one of the best ways to learn about a new culture is through their food. The Sapporo menu has been catered towards the American palate. The flavors have not been muted, but most of the ingredients are something you will recognize and not flee from.
Speaking of flavors, one of my favorite things about Sapporo is the fact that the food is home-style Korean food. The head chef makes food the only way he knows, authentically Korean. He is always in the kitchen preparing the many delightful dishes they offer!
My most recent trip to Sapporo warranted a blog post so I could tell everyone about how amazing the food is. I went with my sister and we enjoyed several dishes that I think gives a good picture of the variety at Sapporo.
Nabe Yaki Udon: Udon noodles with shrimp tempura and vegetables in a clear broth. This is but one of the many noodle dishes on the Sapporo menu. This dish also may be an excellent starter dish for someone who isn't familiar with Korean food. The warm slippery noodles swim in a flavorful broth that is accented with crispy tempura shrimp and vegetables. I highly suggest this dish if you're having Korean food for the first time.
|My food has an aura about it. A delicious aura|
Tofu & Vegetable Teriyaki: This is also another dish that is good when you're not used to the awesomeness known as Korean food. This dish is also quite heart healthy. Steamed vegetables with melt in your mouth tofu. The teriyaki sauce adds are great zing to the dish. This dish is perfect for vegetarians.
|Happy Tofu :)|
Crispy Tuna Roll: I often say that the only other food that can comfort me the way Indian food does is sushi. If you know me or my eating habits, that's a pretty freakin' big deal. This is a delightful roll filled with tuna, avocado, and tobaiko, lightly fried in tempura batter. Now let's break this down: delicious sushi roll that's deep fried.......Where can you go wrong?! Oh wait, you can't because this roll is amazing. I've had many of the Sapporo rolls and they are all phenomenal. I will say one thing, there are so many that it will require several dozen visits before you've had them all. I suggest you do it.
|Peace. Love. Sushi.|
|So much bang for your buck|
The last thing we had is something slightly more adventurous, Spicy Squid Stir-Fry. Ahhh I love squid! For all of those who just wrinkled your nose at this statement, take a moment, try it and then you'll understand why. Now the Sapporo version was definitely something I had never had before. Its a medley of squid and vegetables doused in a fiery red sauce that comes out on a sizzling platter. Fired in a wok, the vegetables and squid and cooked perfectly. They have a slight caramelization on them making it irresistible. It would probably be eaten best with a warm bowl of fluffy rice, but we were so hungry that we dove right in.
|Spicy Squid Stir Fry|
|mmmm I'm drooling|
These are just some of the items found on the Sapporo menu. I haven't even gotten into the BBQ options available. The have quite a few tables with a gas grill in the middle. A server comes over, places your protein and vegetables onto the grill cooking it before you. The entrees are served with rice, miso soup and their delightful Korean side dishes. I could probably devote an entire blog post to how much I love the side dishes, but I won't I will leave it to you so you can go to Sapporo and try them yourself!
The next time you are looking to try something I suggest you go to Sapporo. It has a wonderful family welcoming atmosphere that is reasonably priced. Making it friendly for this rough economy. Dishes are moderately priced, based on ingredient, and are always fresh to boot. Sapporo Korean BBQ & Sushi is a wonderful family owned business, so to all of my friends in the area go and visit and get a true taste of Korea!!