The Land of the Rising Sun may be a long way from the sunny shoreline of Myrtle Beach, but visitors to the Grand Strand don’t have to venture far to get some authentic tastes of Japan. Found on St. James Avenue near the intersection of Grissom Parkway and 38th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach, Sobaya Bistro delivers a menu filled with flavorful options from the East Asian island nation such as Japanese salads, rice bowls, noodle bowls, fried rice, stir fry vegetables, stir fry noodles and more.
Run by chef/owner Takashi Miyazaki, the quaint restaurant tucked into a corner unit within a Myrtle Beach residential/retail district is something of a hidden gem in the area. It has developed a loyal local following with its lunch and dinner offerings, and meals here can be enjoyed on the restaurant’s small patio deck or its cozy indoor dining area.
Next time you and your Grand Strand vacation crew are hungry for some authentic Japanese fare, consider some of these popular Sobaya dishes:
Appetizers: Start your meal with tasty choices like Edamame, Seaweed Salad, Squid Salad and Gyoza (pan-fried dumplings stuffed with ground beef and vegetables).
Ramen: The Kyushu Tonkotsu Ramen features thinly sliced roast pork, bean sprouts, kikurage mushroom, fish cake and boiled egg in tonkotsu broth, while the spicy Sapporo Miso Ramen boasts the flavors of shrimp, corn, bean sprouts, nori and fishcake in a tonkotsu red miso soup.
Tempura: The Shrimp & Vegetable Tempura comes recommended and features lightly battered shrimp with Japanese vegetables. Tempura Shrimp is also served in a noodle bowl.
Rice Bowls: Served with miso or chicken soup, these came in varieties including the Katsu Bowl with panko breaded pork, onion, scallion and egg; the Kiji Bowl with teriyaki chicken and vegetables; and Bibimbap with rice, assorted vegetables, beef and egg, all seasoned with chili paste served in a hot stone bowl.
Bento Boxes: Served with stir-fry vegetables and your choice of rice, soup and salad, the main-dish options with these lunch specials include Teriyaki Chicken, Shrimp, Boolgogi (thinly sliced NY strip flavored with onion and a Korean-style marinade), and Teriyaki Salmon.
Seared Ahi Salad: This salad features a base of fresh greens topped with seared tuna and grilled asparagus, all accented by yuzu dressing.
Dinner Entrees: The dinner specials at Sobaya include Teriyaki Chicken, Tonkatsu (Panko Pork), Yakiniku (Spicy Beef), Boolgogi and Spicy Pork Boolgogi.
These are just a handful of Sobaya’s delicious Asian-inspired offerings. To explore the full menu, along with Sobaya’s lunch and dinner specials, visit the restaurant’s website at sobayabistro.com.
After enjoying some of the best Japanese fare on the Grand Strand, venture back to the comfortable accommodations and wide range of on-property amenities at Long Bay Resort to rest up for more memorable experiences in the Myrtle Beach area. Book your getaway at Long Bay Resort today — and start getting ready for some fun in the South Carolina sun!