Naru Sushi is a perfect example of why I don’t really trust sites like Yelp anymore to get a really accurate picture of a restaurant. You have a couple 5-star reviews that make the restaurant look like the next incarnation of Masa. Then, you have some elitist Yelpers giving it 1- and 2- star ratings in an effort to drag it down. The problems with sites like Yelp is that everyone approaches restaurants with a different perspective. One person may rate McDonald’s five star because they were starving and needed a meal, while another person might rate Le Bernadin 1 star because the waiter looked at them funny.
As for Naru Sushi, I wouldn’t give it 5 stars and I certainly wouldn’t give it 2 stars. I’d say it sits squarely in between at a solid 3.5 stars. The sushi is fresh, which of course is the most important thing in a sushi restaurant. The restaurant itself is cozy and makes good use of its limited space. There are tables for outdoor dining on nice day, and inside the decor is simple and tastefully Asian.
I like to order their Bento Box. It’s $19.95 for dinner and $10.95 for lunch. It includes your choice of a hot entree (ranging from chicken teriyaki to bulgogi to beef negimaki), along with an 8-piece roll, shrimp, seaweed salad and tempura for dinner (california roll for lunch), along with miso soup and rice. Here’s what mine looked like:
If you look closely at the tuna roll, you’ll notice they use black rice (actually a combination of black and brown rice). Their menu touts the benefits of black rice–how it can increase your metabolism, enhance your immune system, prevent disease, slow down the aging process, and even help you have better skin. Okay, there’s a little too much hype there for my taste, but it’s definitely true that black rice has high nutritional value (including being rich in iron) and excellent fiber. The taste is mild and nutty, and is definitely a good way to “shake things up” if you’ve had your fill of sushi with bleached white rice. While I can take it or leave it, Lisa’s into healthy eating and she absolutely loved it. I definitely recommend you try it.
Being on Cutter Mill Road, it’s away from the hustle and bustle of Middle Neck Road, which also means parking is much more convenient and available. I’ve been very happy with Naru’s deliver service as well (minimum $15), where they carefully package all the components of your meal in a sturdy paper bag.
Overall, Naru Sushi is a good, solid family-run sushi restaurant. If you’re in the mood for decent, healthy, fresh sushi but others in your party want cooked food such as fried rice, chicken wings, udon noodles, bulgogi, or katsu, all at a very reasonable price, you can’t go wrong here.