When you dine at A1 Grill, Teriyaki & Roll, be prepared for generous portions beautifully plated, “bowling” or cabbage. Think carefully when deciding what to order from offerings of perfectly grilled beef, chicken, salmon and shrimp as well as steamed vegetables – broccoli, carrots, cabbage, mushrooms, and green onions.
Then get ready to enjoy your meal served on the best steamed sticky rice in town and enhanced with delicious, hypoallergenic “secret” sauces. If you usually avoid Asian foods, try A1 Grill.
A1 Grill is a sure favorite for discerning diners.
Start with good basics
Inam Koo came to the United States from South Korea in 1977 and began her nursing career. She was indeed a brilliant and innovative chef, with a taste that showed everyone that chemistry was one of her special skills.
Cooking is chemistry with ‘edible results’, and she has enjoyed developing and refining her expertise in the kitchen. As a child, she was allergic to some of the additives found in traditional Asian sauces, sauces and dips that her family enjoyed every day, and she knew others had the same problems.
One of the most common “culprits” for allergies is monosodium glutamate, or MSG, a flavor enhancer found naturally in foods like tomatoes and cheese.
Kuu began experimenting with different ingredients to enhance flavors while avoiding allergies. Many family and friends actually prefer ko sauces over traditional ones.
Kuu’s “cooking alchemy” has evolved into what she calls “home-made secret sauces,” creating unbeatable Asian dishes.
time for change
In the end, Kuu decided to change professions. From the comments in her kitchen and from her own experience, she knew that a restaurant serving Chinese, Korean, and Japanese dishes with her own special sauces, dips, and marinades would be a hit in the high desert.
She was already active in the South Korean community of High Desert, and helped found and grow the Korean Church in Vailan, which currently has more than 80 members. Accepting the challenge of opening a new business will not be difficult due to her handling skills as well as her proven abilities in the kitchen.
Kuu found the perfect location, a former chicken restaurant on Bear Valley Road complete with a functional and well-designed kitchen, a window through the car, and ample seating for groups of any size.
The name A1 Grill and Teriyaki & Roll stands for the setting – grilled meat, chicken and seafood – as well as a delicious mix of Asian dishes on its menu.
where do I start
The menu site a1grill.com reveals pictures of each dish – beautiful Teriyaki bowls and Teriyaki bowls with options for vegetarians and vegans. Angus beef, chicken, wild Atlantic salmon, and shrimp are grilled and served solo over fine steamed sticky rice or blended with steamed vegetables for delicious color and texture.
A quick look at the appetizers reveals options like fried beef dumplings, edamame, vegetable egg roll, and crab rangoon.
Teriyaki dishes and plates are available with or without a secret teriyaki sauce, but those who order it on the side the first time often want extra sauce the next time they stop in.
Teriyaki dishes include fresh fruit and a green salad, the latter of which offers another “household secret sauce,” salsa. The main ingredient is carrots.
Our trained sushi chefs make each roll fresh to order. Fifteen different rolls are available, with colorful, fresh and delicious ingredients that make a pretty picture on the plate.
New item specialty
A1 Grill’s spicy wings are perfect as an appetizer or included as a “side dish” with a bowl or plate.
A full menu of Chinese dishes
Varied Chinese options include Kung Pao – vegetables, shrimp, or chicken; fried rice alone or with vegetables, shrimp or chicken; Chow mein – check out the rice/mein mix – and favorites like orange chicken, spicy garlic chicken, and beef broccoli.
Soup lovers can choose from Miso, Wonton or War Wonton.
If you’re eating a “salad only” type of day, order a fresh green salad with or without lean chicken served with or without teriyaki sauce.
Dessert options are delicious and fun at the same time: mochi, a “Japanese sticky mochi rice dough” filled with ice cream, and green tea ice cream.
when you go
At Grill, Teriyaki & Roll, 15061 Bear Valley Road, Hesperia CA 92345. 760-949-8900. The menu is available at a1grill.com.
Open daily, from 10 am to 9 pm.
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