Hoods: New Asian Cuisine in Fountain Valley and Westminster

Japanese food, gelato, and concerts beckon from this neighborhood.
ROL Hand Roll Bar suggests diners enjoy rolls within the first 10 to 15 seconds after they are made, while the nori is crispy and the rice is warm. Photograph courtesy of ROL Hand Roll Bar.

ROL Hand Roll Bar

The recently opened second location of the popular Huntington Beach restaurant specializes in sushi hand rolls made to order. Diners sitting at the long sushi bar order sets of five, six, or seven rolls ($25, $32, $36)—including salmon, spicy tuna, and albacore—and house-made yuzu kosho, truffle soy, and kizami wasabi sauces ($2) to dip them in. Appetizers such as chile garlic edamame and shishito peppers ($6) round out the menu.
16713 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, 714-576-7119

Himizu Modern Japanese Fusion

Open since February, the Japanese barbecue and sushi restaurant serves beautiful dishes in a sleek, modern dining room. Starters include kampachi crudo ($21), beef carpaccio with miso-shishito aioli ($18), and oysters on the shell ($22 to $24), and the grill offers everything from simple short ribs ($19) to Kobe wagyu ribeye ($49). Some of the rolls even feature beef, like the Himizu oshizushi: seared wagyu, spicy tuna, shiso, and grated daikon ($25). 15606 Brookhurst St., Westminster, 714-486-2319

Creamery Pop

The gelato is made in-house daily, and the flavors rotate often. Options often include classics such as cookies and cream, pistachio, and chocolate fudge brownie, as well as more unusual varieties such as avocado, durian, and Earl Grey-lavender, all of which can be paired with fruit crepes, waffles, or brioche ($8 to $15). Friendly servers in the bright, cheerful space are happy to provide samples. 15556 Brookhurst St., Westminster, 714-839-8863

Saigon Grand Center

Formerly known as the Saigon Performing Arts Center, the events venue was renovated and reopened in 2022. Groups can rent the 300-seat ballroom and the 600-seat theater, but the center also hosts events for the public, including concerts, speakers, and even singing competitions. Recent ticketed events included an AAPI Women in Leadership panel and a performance by the Blood Moon Orchestra. 16149 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, 657-657-7879