Weekly Food Review: Wako Roll

Located on West Loop 340, Wako Roll is a restaurant serving a mix of basic Asian dishes including sushi, bibimbap, and bubble tea. Photo of Katelyn Patterson | Journalist

By Katelyn Patterson | Journalist

Located on West Loop 340, Wako Roll is a restaurant serving a mix of basic Asian dishes including sushi, bibimbap, and bubble tea. The name comes from a combination of Waco, Korean, and Sushi rolls.

Wako Roll has been part of the Waco community since 2012 and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Wako Roll is open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and online ordering is available.

I ordered a California roll, the bibimbap bowl, and a bulgogi clay pot. Sushi is one of my favorite dishes and Wako Roll’s sushi is amazing. The amount of crab in the California roll is more than most restaurants, which is perfect because it’s my favorite part. The rice was just right, along with the avocado and cucumber. It was fresh and a good price for 10 pieces. I would give it a 4/5.

It was my first time ordering bibimbap from Wako Roll, and I’m happy with it. I chose white rice and beef from the options (white, black or brown rice and spicy squid, beef, pork, shrimp or chicken). The whole bowl included beef, rice, mushrooms, cucumbers, lettuce, bean sprouts, kimchi, a fried egg, and Korean barbecue sauce on the side. The bibimbap was accompanied by three Korean side dishes: two types of kimchi and bean sprouts. The beef was tasty and tender, and the kimchi added just the right amount of spice. My perfect bite included beef, rice, kimchi, and enoki mushrooms. I would also give this dish a 4/5.

I also ordered the bulgogi clay pot. This dish included slices of beef marinated in Korean barbecue sauce, glass noodles, and vegetables served in a clay pot with a side of the rice of your choice (I chose steamed white rice). I think this was my favorite of the three meals I ordered. The dish was served hot – the broth was still boiling in the pot. I generally find the glass noodles difficult to eat, but they were amazing. The taste was unique, smooth and perfect for a cold day. The beef marinated in barbecue sauce was the perfect pair for the chewy glass noodles. I would give this dish a 5/5.

Wako Roll is one of the best restaurants in Waco to visit if you are looking for something to change up your usual eating routine. The options are plentiful, the food is tasty, and the experience is unlike any other.

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