As the sprawl on South Rainbow Boulevard just past the Beltway continues to offer more impressive Asian dining selections, it’s becoming imperative for new restaurants to separate themselves from one another. Omoide Noodles & Bowls looks to capitalize with some familiar Japanese favorites along with more unique noodle dishes.
The word omoide means “memories,” and it’s clear the restaurateurs want to give patrons a taste of what they grew up with. From the appetizer section, the garlic edamame ($5) is banging, full of garlic flavor. The pumpkin croquet ($4) is almost like a panko-crusted dessert appetizer. I found it more layered when I dipped it into the sauce accompanying my karaage ($5), Japanese fried chicken. The croquet came with a barbecue sauce that was sweet on sweet. The karaage, on the other hand, had ponzu mayonnaise and curry powder.
Instead of opting for ramen which is everywhere nowadays, I went with the ten zaru ($11.50). Cold udon noodles are nicely presented with ginger, scallions, sesame seeds and daikon on the side. Dump the toppings on the noodles and dip in the accompanying sauce. It’s a fun, fresh meal, and the assortment of tempura veggies (eggplant, shishito, kobocha) and shrimp that come with it are delightful.
Omoide Noodles & Bowls 7745 S. Rainbow Blvd., 702-527-5522. Daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.