Category Archives: Asian food

New Asian restaurant will deliver downtown

Bamboo Express, a new restaurant in the former Taco Tico space at 929 N. Broadway, delivers within a two-mile radius.

Bamboo Express, a new restaurant in the former Taco Tico space at 929 N. Broadway, delivers within a two-mile radius.

Downtown dwellers who love Asian food but don’t love venturing out to get it have a new option.

Bamboo Express, a fast-service restaurant owned by first time restaurateur Tina Yang, will deliver food within a two-mile radius. The restaurant opened several weeks ago in the former Taco Tico building at 929 N. Broadway. There’s also plenty of room for dine-in customers, and the space is clean and bright through otherwise unchanged from its Taco Tico days.

The restaurant serves standard Chinese dishes such as sweet General Tso chicken, sweet and sour pork, Kung Pao beef and shrimp and vegetables. It also has fried rice, lo mein, and egg drop and hot and sour soup. Entrees cost between $6.99 and $8.99.

Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays an Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.

See the menu here, and to place an order, call 316-558-8484 or 316-448-2879.

Jacky Chan Sushi to open on April 18

Jacky Chan Sushi will open on April 18 at 4910 E. Central.

Jacky Chan Sushi will open on April 18 at 4910 E. Central.

Several curious diners have written me lately to ask what’s going in to the former Sit at Thai Express space at 4910 E. Central.

I stopped by this morning and had a very spirited conversation with Binh Tran, the owner of the about-to-open Jacky Chan Sushi. (He insisted we take a selfie together before I left.)

Tran, whose nickname is Jacky Chan, was the longtime sushi chef at Kwan Court, which closed in 2011. He also made sushi for Sakura, the restaurant at 7820 E. Harry  that  closed on New Year’s Eve. It was owned by his brother.

A sampling of Jacky Chan's sushi

A sampling of Jacky Chan’s sushi

Tran’s new restaurant, which will open on April 18, has seating for about 20 and a drive-through. He’s offering a huge, multi-page menu that features daily $6.50 lunch specials. It also has tempanyaki grill specials, pho, udon soup and wonton soup. The sushi menu includes nigiri, sashimi and dozens of rolls, both simple and complex. Rolls range in price from $5.50 to $12.95.

The restaurant’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 316-239-6178 or visit the restaurant’s Facebook page, which also offers several photos of Tran’s food.

Lunar New Year means it’s dragon dancing time at Wichita restaurants

Saigon owner Han Bui always dresses up -- and sometimes even shoots off fireworks -- during Lunar New Year.

Saigon owner Han Bui always dresses up — and sometimes even shoots off fireworks — during Lunar New Year.

It’ll be a festive weekend at many Asian restaurants in Wichita. The Lunar New Year begins on Friday, and several local Asian restaurants will be celebrating with dragon dancers and more. Among them:

1. Saigon, 1103 N. Broadway: This Vietnamese restaurant invites dragon dancers into the restaurant every year, and this year, the dancers will be performing over the lunch hour on Friday. The dancing starts at noon. The staff also will be passing out “lucky money” on Friday and Saturday.

2. Oh Yeah China Bistro, 3101 N. Rock Road: This east-side Chinese restaurant will have three dragon dancers performing at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

3. Pho Special, 2409 E Pawnee: This Vietnamese restaurant will have dragon dancers on site from noon to 12:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.

Know of any others? Let me know.

Dragon dancers will be at Saigon over the lunch hour on Friday.

Dragon dancers will be at Saigon over the lunch hour on Friday.

Yamasa Japanese Grill is closed for remodeling, manager says

unnamed (8)Yamasa Japanese Grill, the fast-Japanese/sushi restaurant that opened in 2007 at  327 N. Hillside, is closed — but apparently only temporarily.

The restaurant, which belongs to Great Wall empire owner Benny Lin, has been closed for about a month. A manager at Great Wall says that Lin is out of the country until the end of December but said that Yamasa will be remodeled and should reopen in a few months.

For now, the doors are locked, the chairs are upside down on the tables and part of the sign is missing.

Lin opened a second Yamasa in 2010 at 407 E. Pawnee, but it converted into a Great Wall about a year later.

I’ll keep you posted.

Asian restaurant closes, will be replaced by another

Koi Fusion cuisine, available for less than an hour

If you were a fan of Koi Fusion, the little Asian eatery I reviewed a few weeks back, today’s your last day to enjoy it.

The restaurant will close for good at the end of business today, which is 5 p.m. Owner Dave Wan has decided to move back to Oregon and is closing the restaurant, which he opened in April.

A new Vietnamese restaurant is set to open in the space, which formerly held Samurai. I’ll let you know more details when I get them.

Hana Next Door open in Old Town Square

Eunice Kim doesn’t have to commute too far to keep track of her restaurant empire.

Kim, who along with her husband Jay owns the popular Hana Cafe in Old Town Square, just opened her second restaurant — and it’s right next door at 321 N. Mead.

The appropriately named Hana Next Door serves some of the Korean dishes the Kims are known for — such as bibimbap — quickly. It’s an order-at-the-counter, get-your-food-fast kind of place.

The restaurant also has a bibimbap station, where customers choose which vegetables and meat they want in the traditional rice dish and watch as it’s made.

Hana Next Door’s hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch Mondays through Fridays and 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner Mondays through Saturdays.

For more information, call 316-260-8701.

A big batch of new Asian eateries

I leave town for a month, and suddenly, my Asian dining options multiply.

I’m good with that.

Three new Asian restaurants recently have opened in different spots around Wichita, and I’m eager to try each one. Here’s a look at them:

1. Pho Mc, 1675 S. Rock Road, 316-440-5859: The new Vietnamese restaurant opened a couple of weeks ago. It serves pho, Vietnamese sandwiches known as banh mi, Chinese dishes and more. It’s owned by Minh Tran and his wife, Kim Chi, and is open daily for lunch and dinner

2. Koi Fusion, 6605 E. 37th St. N., 316-260-8218: This new restaurant, which specializes in Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese food, opened on April 15. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The menu includes dishes such as pho, teriyaki bowls, hibachi grill meals and curry dishes.

3. Ninza Sushi Bar, 8428 W.13th St., 316-558-5111: The sushi restaurant opened in March and features lots of creative sushi rolls, including the popular honey stone — a piled high roll made with deep fried crab, avocado, shrimp tempura and cream cheese and topped with a sweet honey sauce. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from noon to 9 p.m. Sundays.

Now open: Teppanyaki Grill & Sushi Buffet

Friday was the opening day for the giant new Teppanyaki Grill & Sushi Buffet, which is now operating inside a 12,000-square-foot space at 6710 W. Kellogg, right next door to Best Buy.

The restaurant, owned by  a company that runs super buffet restaurants in nearby states, can hold about 400 diners. It specializes in Asian and American cuisine, with lots of sushi and Japanese style teppanyaki dishes.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays an 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The lunch buffet price, which is $6.95, is offered until 3:30 Mondays through Saturdays. The dinner price, which is $9.45, is available from 3:30 to close Monday through Saturday and all day on Sunday.

For more information, call 316-942-7777.

Lunar New Year: Time for dancing and dining

The Lunar New Year is nigh, and a couple of local Asian restaurants will be celebrating with colorful, dance-y displays. (It’s the year of the sssssssssssssnake, by the way.)

On Saturday, Oh Yeah! China Bistro at 3101 N. Rock Road will be putting on a traditional lion dance.

Traditional dancers at Saigon.

It’ll start at 1:30 p.m. and is believe to bring good luck and fortune to the business. Call 316-425-7700 for more information.

Also, popular local restaurant Saigon at 1103 N. Broadway, which specializes in Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. The restaurant will have cultural dancers in the restaurant at 11:30 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m on Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call 316-262-8134.

Gindi now specializes in Asian burgers

Gindi, the Asian food/ sushi place at 7010 W. 21st St. N. that opened in January of 2009, has a new owner — and a new concept.

Phillip Say said he recently bought the restaurant from Roungaroon “Lou” Kumgool, who opened Dawn Thai Steakhouse & Sushi Bar at 1220 N. Rock Road in Derby earlier this year.  He’s changed the name, slightly, to Gindi Asian Gourmet Burgers, and he’s populated the menu with burgers made with Asian flavors and toppings. Monday was his first day executing the new concept.

Say has kept a few of the Thai dishes and sushi items previously available at Gindi, but he wants customers to try his Asian burger concept. He makes his own buns and makes his patties from fresh beef, topping them with ingredients such as wasabi, kimchi, cilantro, green onions, fried eggs, Sriacha sauce and more. He also has salmon burgers and serves fries. The burgers average around $5, he said.

Say is a little concerned that people won’t know that the concept has changed, since the name and signage remain mostly unchanged, and will miss out on trying his Asian burgers, popular in the big city but unknown here, he said.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 316-729-5855.