I've now visited New Edokko twice, and I've really wanted to like it. The service is incredibly warm, with the sweetest Japanese servers -- they really do put a smile on your face. The food, however, is pretty mixed. I've ruled out eating noodles and sushi there, but I'm still going to go back and try the donburi and other dishes.
We started with ohitashi and agedashi dofu, and both dishes were exemplary. The ohitashi was a generous portion and the spinach was perfect -- blanched lightly, well-dried, shaped into perfect cones and surrounded by a light soy sauce with a shaving of bonito flakes on top. The agedashi was also perfect --very lightly fried, nice sauce.
The noodles, ostensibly the house specialty, unfortunately didn't live up to the hype. On my first visit I tried the udon with tempura and it was very plain. The tempura was light and tasty but the broth was one-dimensional and the udon were gluey, without that nice smooth slithery feeling you hope for. On my second visit I tried the shoyu ramen, and again, very disappointing. The broth was dull, the ramen noodles tasted undercooked and looked as if they'd just been pulled out of a Top Ramen bag. The pork slice atop the noodles was overcooked and so tough it was inedible.
The sushi was ruined by the rice -- incredibly mushy with an "off" flavor.
Based on my two experiences there, I'd have to say that I wouldn't order noodles or sushi again. However, I'm still intrigued enough to go back to try some of the cooked Japanese homestyle items like curry rice and donburi.
New Edokko Japanese Noodle Restaurant & Sushi Bar
1724 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 916-448-2828