New restaurant in Delano will focus on ‘Eastern Cuisines’

The old Lotus Leaf space on west Douglas will soon be home to Eastern Cuisines.

The old Lotus Leaf space on west Douglas will soon be home to Eastern Cuisines.

A new restaurant is moving into the space that Lotus Leaf vacated in March when it moved to 251 N. Washington in Old Town.

Tumaini Kilangwa, a native of Tanzania, Africa, says she will open Eastern Cuisines in the space at 613 W. Douglas on Aug. 11.

The restaurant will serve breakfast and a lunch buffet that focuses on foods native to countries such as Africa, England, Ireland, India, Italy and the Philippines. It will include items such as rice pilaf, samosas, noodle dishes and kabobs. She’ll also have meat pies, beans, vegetables and many styles of potatoes.

Once open, the restaurant will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except for Saturday. The buffet will end at 3 p.m. each day, but pastries and coffee will be available until close.

Kilangwa, who moved to Wichita in 2000, said she’s been doing catering from home while saving up her money to open a restaurant — and building her own confidence.

I’ll let you know more as the opening date draws near.

The crepes remain at Lotus Leaf

I told you a few weeks ago about changes planned at Lotus Leaf,  the restaurant at  613 W. Douglas.

Owner Jacquelyn Keefer had just hired new chef Rebecca Gold and was rededicating herself to her original vision for the restaurant, which inlcuded the healthiest of health food dishes. She was considering eliminating crepes all together.

Keefer and Gold now have completed the new menu, and some crepes made the cut. There are also several tempting sounding vegetarian dishes, including a sweet potato crepe and a black bean and quinoa burger.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, 11 am. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 316-295-4133.