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.

Question of the week: Best crab rangoon?

Pei Wei calls its crab rangoon "crab wonton."

All the Chinese food eating I did for this week’s dual dining review has me thinking about one of my favorite Chinese delicacies — the crab rangoon.

Every restaurant makes them differently. Some shape them like flowers. Others fold them in triangles. Some fill them with mostly cream cheese. Others use actual crab.

Which Chinese restaurant in town makes your favorite crab rangoon? I’m sort of partial to Great Wall’s, which are big and perfectly crunchy/creamy. And Pei Wei’s actually taste like crab!

What about you? Answer in the comments section below.

Dragon City open — but with a different name than it planned

Originally, Zhiyong Liu planned to call his new Chinese restaurant at 3008 W. Central Beijing.

But there’s already a Beijing in town, he discovered, so he decided to call the new restaurant Dragon City.

Liu, whose brother is Great Wall founder Benny Liu, opened Dragon City in the former Lexi’s Restaurant and Bar/Maharaja space a little more than a week ago.

It offers Great Wall-esque Chinese dishes available for both dine-in and carryout. You can see the menu here.

Dragon City’s hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays.

For information or to place a carryout order, call 316-941-9966.

Question of the week: Best Chinese carryout

Wichita just got a new Panda Express — right down Maize Road from the already popular Pei Wei.

Both serve Chinese food fast, as does Great Wall and any number of other home-owned Chinese places.

The question of the week: What’s your favorite place to grab some quick Chinese carryout? What’s your favorite dish from your favorite place?

I’ll throw in my vote: There’s almost nothing better than Great Wall’s won ton soup with a crab Rangoon on the side for good measure. I’m also a big fan of their chicken fried rice, which is spiked with ginormous hunks of onion. Yum.

Give me your nominees in the comments section below.