I’ve wanted to go to Yuko Kitchen ever since I drove by it. I had never heard of Yuko, but its bright and colorful exterior, beautiful greenery, and hand painted signs drew me in and I couldn’t wait to see what it had to offer. I’m happy to announce that this non-traditional Japanese restaurant didn’t disappoint! The restaurant featured healthy and large portions of rice bowls, salads, sushi-burritos and sushi rolls, and the restaurant’s string lights, vibrant paintings, colorful walls, and tapestries made Yuko Kitchen an adorable spot…
Yuko Kitchen does not have a gluten free menu but I discovered some great GF options! Anything with Teriyaki chicken or soy sauce, could be made GF if you subbed GF soy sauce. Almost all of the salads could be made GF too as long as you made sure to choose a GF dressing! The Albacore sashimi salad with cherry tomato, avocado, cucumber, pickled carrot and radish, and green onion on greens was full of fresh and crisp Japanese flavors. The chicken, tofu or sashimi bowls, served over a medley of white and brown rice and salad, was also a delicious and filling choice. One of my favorite aspects of Yuko, however, had to be the GF dessert options. They had a great selection of cookies and other baked goods, some were even vegan and refined sugar-free too! I ordered the apple, coconut almond cookie, which was decadent and gooey, plus the apple made the inside taste just like caramel! The desserts were constantly changing and you may be lucky enough to try the flourless cookie sandwich or GF cupcakes!
Yuko Kitchen serves mostly healthy Japanese food in an adorable ambiance that you won’t want to leave! I really enjoy dining solo at this establishment; the positive and peaceful atmosphere of the outdoor area is ideal for getting some work done and enjoying you meal. If you are in the area, I definitely recommend checking this spot out!