TYLER, TX (KLTV) - (2015 update: Bistrolls has closed.)
Bistrolls is a locally-owned bistro in downtown Tyler. The restaurant, which opened in the spring of 2013, offers generous, fresh sushi rolls, a variety of freshly made salads, soups and a "make your own" breakfast menu. It is under the capable command of John Chang, who also has a hand in Tyler's Shogun eateries.
The interior of the restaurant is contemporary and fun, with a giant chalkboard wall as you enter that details the available drinks and desserts, like coffee drinks, different flavors of boba tea, frozen desserts, and more.
There are plenty of tables throughout, and a few seating areas with club chairs are now available in the back room, which previously served as a private conference room with glass doors. The doors remain open now, so that you can hunker down in a comfortable chair to read or use your computer. Bistrolls does offer wi-fi.
Favorite offerings so far:
Grilled peach salad: locally-sourced peaches (in season), grilled and served with fresh mozzarella, arugula, baby spinach, fresh basil, cherry tomatoes, and crumbled bacon. The cumin-lime vinaigrette that comes with it is the perfect complement, as it doesn't overpower the gentle flavors of the peaches and mozzarella. $8
Greek salad: Comes with your choice of grilled chicken breast or oven-roasted turkey breast, served with fresh greens, red cabbage, carrots, red onions, tomato, cucumbers, avocado, olives, feta cheese, oregano and a white balsamic-Worcestershire vinaigrette. This salad is huge and delicious! $9
Rolls are made to order from a vast selection of ingredients. We are really sensitive to borderline-not-fresh ingredients, and can happily say that that has never been a problem at Bistrolls! The rolls are always bright and fresh-tasting, and we've never been ridiculed by manager John Chang about our weird combinations. One friend's favorite: thin-sliced beef, pickled carrots, red onions, cucumber, cream cheese, white rice and seaweed paper. (
Sushi is freshly made-to-order as you watch, and it's been fresh and delicious each time I've ordered it.
Lattes and other coffee drinks are available and are well-made, and include sugar-free offerings for those who prefer it. Also, try the Boba tea or, if you can handle it, the espresso milkshake. Please.
Tip: It's not on the menu, but there is a fantastic vegetable soup you should ask about. One friend said it's meat-free, and similar to tortilla soup, nicely spicy. She said it pairs well with the Korean Barbecue baguette and sweet potato tempura (sweet potatoes thin sliced, tossed in garlic and rosemary).
Bistrolls is located at 200 W. Erwin, on the square in downtown Tyler. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. They offer catering services, as well. 903-526-3989
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