If you haven’t been to Sun Restaurant, you’ve been living in a world of darkness.
Recently I tried Sun Restaurant at the 2014 Taste of Buffalo and was thoroughly impressed. With the added incentive of a free Black Rice Mango Sushi Roll, it was only a matter of time before I made it over to 1989 Niagara St., Buffalo, NY 14207 to give this restaurant my full undivided attention and appetite.
This is so suburban of me, but Sun Restaurant has a parking lot and I love that. If it’s full, you’ll be pushed onto the street, but when I got there on a Monday night a few spots were open. Inside there’s a little corridor you walk through which is going to win big points in the winter, as I’m sure that’s exactly what it’s there for. Once inside Sun Restaurant there’s plenty of seating. While I’m certain it could serve a group of 8 to 10 people, it’s ideal for groups no larger than maybe 6. Booths and tables were seating parties of all sizes, from a few 1 top tables to booths seating a group of 5. While I waited for my husband to join me, I looked over the menu. Granted, I had studied the to-go menu I picked up at Taste of Buffalo so I had a pretty good idea of what I was going to order, there were seasonal dishes and specials that I wanted to look over carefully, just to be certain I didn’t want to change my mind.
Since I was starving I started with a Fresh Spring Roll and Tom Yum Soup. I knew it was a risky play, but I could tell if I didn’t eat something soon, my eyes were going to be much bigger than my stomach and I’d order too much. The Tom Yum Soup came out first, hot and in a very reasonable sized bowl for being the small order. It was filled with fresh mushrooms, tomatoes, chili, lime juice, and scallions with flavors of lemongrass in a delicious broth…you know, now that I think about it, that might not have been vegetarian? I asked for no meat in it, and that didn’t send up red flags to my server, but sometimes as we vegetarians should know, we have to ask anyways to see if it’s made with meat. So shame on me if so. If it was made with chicken broth, it was homemade and light on meat content, because there wasn’t that tell-tale fat taste most soups offer up. The soup itself was spiced beautifully which warmed the back of your throat. The good warm, mind you, even if it does make the diner cough with surprise at first sip.
Just a moment before my husband showed up to join me, the Fresh Spring Rolls came out. Again, I had said no meat, so this order of rice paper wrapped spring rolls were stuffed with avocado, carrots, and bean noodles. The peanut sauce was incredible, it tasted just like a restaurant I worked at back in Missouri, so basically it tasted like home; like a sweet teriyaki, just as spring roll peanut sauce should be! Well, perhaps I’m biased, but still…
My worries of filling up on appetizers were well founded because after the small bowl of soup and splitting one of the Fresh Spring Rolls with my husband, I was definitely nearing the ‘full’ mark. Because of that, I went ahead and used my free mango sushi roll coupon for my entree. My husband ordered the Stir-Fried Egg Noodle (Koksware Jyaw) with beef, carrot, cabbage, broccoli, onion and in a soy sauce based thickened special sauce. The veggies were fresh, the beef was good, and overall it was a total win.
Much as when I tried it at Taste of Buffalo, the Black Rice Mango Sushi Roll was amazing. The ingredients were fresh, the texture of the black rice was ideal, and the sweet chili sauce on top was the perfect touch.
So what’s up with this black rice, you may be asking yourself? I wondered too, and conveniently Sun Restaurant gives the story on their menu. According to Sun Restaurant, it was: “Historically reserved for the elite noble class of ancient China, ‘Forbidden Rice’ or Black Rice, is a rare and nutritious grain offering many health benefits found in blueberries, grapes, and acai. This grain is low in fat, rich in fiber,full of protein and antioxidants, with essential vitamins and minerals.” From what I found online, those black rice claims seem to be legit.
Overall, there are several vegetarian and vegan options to choose from at Sun Restaurant. My husband and I will most certainly be making regular trips out to the Black Rock neighborhood for this amazing fusion of Thai and Burmese food, and I definitely encourage you to as well!