NAGOYA ASIAN BISTRO
Address: 784 Prince Frederick Boulevard, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
After I knew that I would be moving to southern Maryland to start my new job, I began the hunt for new restaurants that I wanted to try in the area. When running a filter for Japanese restaurants, I happened upon the site for Nagoya Asian Bistro and this one picture popped up. That sealed the deal for me; I knew I had to try this place at that point.
I moved into my new apartment just last week and this past weekend, my parents surprised me with a visit down to the area to celebrate my birthday. (I guess I should have expected it coming considering I had already surprised both of them for each of their birthdays.) After they asked me where I wanted to go to eat dinner, I got this sudden craving for sushi, so we decided to make the 30-minute trek out to Prince Frederick to try out Nagoya.
Although the exterior looks like a plain red brick building, they did a great job with the interior decorating to make it feel more upscale casual. The restaurant uses a nice mix of black furniture to contrast with the yellow-orange walls and stone columns. Heavier wood blinds also go well with the vertical wood paneling finish on the walls.
When looking over the menu, I was pretty impressed that there was such a large selection of options for the rolls. Between the Chef’s Special and the Chef’s Signature sushi roll menus, I’d say there were at least thirty rolls to choose from, if not more. As we were looking over the rolls, our waiter, Jason, pointed out that they had a special combination called the “Roll Boat,” where you could order any 5 rolls and pay $49.95 for the whole thing. That’s 5 rolls for $10 each (rolls off the Chef’s Signature menu would have been $11 each), when some of them individually could range as high as $14. Talk about price savings!
In the end, we sampled five different rolls, each showcasing different ingredients and combinations.
- Snow White Roll – white tuna and thinly sliced jalapeños layered on the outside with albacore tuna and avocado on the inside
- Nagoya Dragon Roll – shrimp tempura and avocado on the inside with shredded snow crab and tobiko (fish roe) mixed with spicy mayo and eel sauce on the outside
- Black Dragon Roll – lobster and avocado on the inside, topped with eel, avocado, and tobiko with some eel sauce
- Valentine Roll – snow crab, shrimp tempura, and avocado filled the inside with tuna, salmon, and tobiko on the outside
- Scorpion Roll – tempura fried soft shell crab and asparagus filled the inside, with panko breadcrumbs rolled with fish roe layering in the outside and spicy mayo with chef’s sauce drizzled on top
I have to say that every piece of sushi that I ate left me wanting to eat more. Every time I had another piece, I just thought to myself, “Man, I can’t believe how good this tastes.”
I was not expecting to find a Japanese restaurant of such high quality in the middle of southern Maryland, but I am certainly glad that I did. Even though it’s 30 minutes away, I would absolutely make the drive up for this place, no question.
Let’s now take a look at the Nagoya Asian Bistro Dish Spotlight. Asterisks (*) below mark my recommended dishes.
** Geisha Roll **
Lobster salad, avocado, and asparagus on the inside, spicy snow crab and tobiko on the outside.
** Winter Roll **
Tuna, salmon, and yellowtail on the inside, with panko breadcrumbs, eel, and spicy mayo on the outside.
** Riverdale Roll **
Shrimp tempura and spicy snow crab on the inside, spicy tuna on the outside.
** Snow White Roll **
White tuna and thinly sliced jalapeños layered on the outside with albacore tuna and avocado on the inside.
** Yum Yum Roll **
Spicy salmon and avocado rolled on the inside, with snow crab and caramelized mayo on the outside.
Assorted sashimi slices of salmon, tuna, spicy tuna, yellowtail, and white tuna.
** Crazy Philly Roll **
Tempura lobster and avocado on the inside, topped with spicy scallops, spicy mayo, and eel sauce.
And finally, here are my rankings for Nagoya Asian Bistro:
Food: 5 / 5
The sushi was just absolutely spectacular. Quality, variety, presentation: the sushi chefs delivered, if not excelled, in all three of those areas.
Atmosphere: 5 / 5
The decorations and furniture really add to that “upscale casual” feel I mentioned earlier. The wooden blinds also let in just enough light to establish a nice ambiance.
Service: 5 / 5
Jason, our waiter, was very professional and extremely knowledgeable about the menu. One of the things I really liked that he did was that when both the sushi and sashimi was served, he pointed out every item that was being served. It certainly helps when you have a large number of rolls on the plate and you’re not stuck playing the guessing game of which sushi roll matched with what you ordered.
Price: 5 / 5
I really like that “Roll Boat” combination option. It shaves off a few dollars from each roll that you buy, which could add up to $10 to $15 in savings! For the price, the quality of the sushi and freshness of the ingredients can’t be beat.