5024 N Parvin Road, Kansas City, MO 64117
Chef-owner Mr. Le doesn’t skimp on options. From Vietnamese Pho to sushi rolls, there will be something for anyone on the extensive menu. Mr. Le’s is a lesson in not judging a book by its cover. Located in a strip mall in North Kansas City next to a tattoo parlor and tobacco shop, it can seem sketchy at first glance but don’t let that dissuade you. It may not be upscale in looks, but it certainly is in flavor, service and value. With so many options, you could easily come here once a week for months and still not try everything they have to offer, which for someone who can easily memorize a menu, is a treat.
Just fifteen minutes from the RiverMarket, it’s a hidden gem, or least it’s been hidden from me. In doing my research, many people have known about this NKC spot for years but I had remained loyal to Bob Wasabi akin to a horse with blinders. Sadly, he closed his doors in May so I sought out a new spot to curb my cravings. For those of you who also rarely strayed from Bob’s, this could be your saving grace but don’t expect the same vibe.
Mr. Le’s is run by Mr. Le and his wife and you can find their little girl sitting at a booth in a booster chair coloring most of the time, her mother tending to her between orders. Red leather booths, wooden chairs and family portraits on the walls, this place is a second home to the hard-working family that runs it.
The menu is expansive, but you can order quite a few things before you get to the price of what a couple rolls at Bob’s would cost you. Eggrolls are $3, 6 pieces of Crab Rangoon are $5.50 ( a regular favorite), a sashimi appetizer (3 tuna, 2 salmon, 2 taco, and 2 kanikama) will run you $10.95 and their delicious Miso Soup is only $2.00.
Craving Nigiri? Prices range from $3.00-$6.00. We ordered the Tempura Squid (salmon, crab, massage stuffed inside squid then deep fried and topped with spicy mayo and eel sauce) for $8.50. The batter was light and perfectly done. Apart from the long list of sushi rolls, most which are named after regulars, there are specials on the board behind the sushi bar. The Lincoln Roll had all my favorites; eel sauce, salmon, crab, avocado and spicy mayo. It was bright, fresh, flavorful and perfectly fried. The Double Salmon Roll was also delicious with salmon inside the roll and on top, it was zippy on the palate, with good texture and the rice was seasoned beautifully. By the Google reviews alone, this place is a favorite among Northlanders and for good reason. It’s clean, the staff is friendly and the prices are great.
Don’t let the fact that it’s next door to a tobacco shop and a tattoo parlor dissuade you. It may not be upscale in looks but it certainly is in flavor, service and value. With so many options, you could easily come here once a week for months and still not try everything they have to offer which for someone who can easily memorize a menu, is a treat.
While friendly and attentive, the service can be slow so be patient, especially when they’re busy. When we were there, Mrs. Le was the only server and even with a packed house and a bit of a wait, we felt taken care of.
For all my Overland Park readers, it’s worth the drive, trust me. I wouldn’t lead you astray and neither will Mr. Le. We all love Bob and hope he reopens in the fall, but I’m more than willing to spread the love between the two. Order a large Sapporo and get comfortable, you’ll be full and satisfied when you leave and if you’re like me, already be planning your next visit.
Open Monday – Saturday