Since the Horseshoe Casino opened, I’ve stopped in a few times to visit Guy’s Baltimore Kitchen and Johnny Sanchez. Ruby 8 Noodles + Sushi has always been on my radar, but for one reason or another, the spot has always been vetoed. I was meeting a few close friends for dinner and suggested Ruby 8 for the umpteenth time and a miracle happened; I received three responses that were all variations of ‘I’ve been wanting to go there.’
The space is a little on the smaller side with a significant amount of bar seating.
Because we’re in Baltimore and crab is always on the menu, we started with an order of Crab Rangoons. There were four in the order and they were filled with a creamy crab dip and served with a sweet red sauce on the side. My friends and I really liked this sauce, the sweetness wasn’t overpowering.
We also started with an order of the Vegetable Spring Rolls, there were only two in this order but they were great. Inside they were filled with shredded vegetables and tasted great when dipped in the sweet red sauce.
Because Ruby 8 specializes in noodles and sushi, one of my friends wanted to take advantage of the sushi option. She ordered a Spicy Tuna Roll which was very straight forward. The fish was fresh and the cucumber complimented the roll nicely.
My friend also ordered an Avocado Salmon Roll, the fish in this roll was also fresh and delicious.
My other friends and I were more into the noodle offerings at Ruby 8, and one friend opted for the Shrimp Pad Thai. The shrimp was well cooked, the noodles were tender, and the sauce was flavorful, this dish was another winner.
Another friend is the world’s pickiest eater – no joke. She opted for the Chicken Fried Rice, it was good, a little on the bland side, but that’s how she enjoys her food. And truth be told, I don’t recall having any particularly flavorful chicken fried rice ever.
For my meal, I opted for Beef Chow Fun. The wide flat noodles were flavorful and the beef was cooked well. I requested this dish to be slightly spicy and it was perfect. I prefer my noodles to have a little bit of heat and these did not disappoint. However, they were slightly oilier than I would have liked, but that wouldn’t deter me from ordering them again.
With delicious sushi and noodles on the menu at Ruby 8, what’s not to love about this casino spot.
Know of any other Asian restaurants in Baltimore I need to try? Let me know in the comments below!
Looking for a place to eat? Check out Rachel’s Baltimore Restaurant List.