Kumeo Komazaki, known to friends as "Koma", relocated to New York City from Japan 30 years ago, bringing with him the culinary skills he learned as a chef for Japan's Imperial Palace Hotel. While working as a chef in New York, Komazaki happened to read the address on a box of beef shipped from Wichita, then seized the opportunity to establish his own restaurant there. At the Wichita location and its sister restaurants in St. Louis and Omaha, chefs entertain diners as they prepare steaks, seafood, and chicken at teppanyaki tables, flipping sizzling victuals through the air and searing meat to perfection. Sushi chefs roll and slice fresh seafood into bite-size pieces, which can be brought to mouths with chopsticks or hunger-induced telekinesis.
A chef stands over a flaming tableside teppanyaki grill, twirling his cooking instruments in the air and catching them in each hand. As his audience whistles and cheers, he sears juicy morsels of filet mignon, chicken, and seafood alongside colorful slices of mixed vegetables. Chefs are equally busy behind the sushi counter, artfully arranging more than 100 different types of rolls with fresh tuna, spicy salmon, and crispy shrimp tempura. At the bar, expert mixologists shake premium liquors and juices into cocktails, garnishing them with duos of plump olives and curls of lemon rind. At nightfall as the moon filters in through the skylight windows, the contemporary dining room comes alive with glimmering televisions, lively music, and friends debating the existence of wood nymphs over drinks.
The talented hibachi and sushi chefs at Saké Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar freshly flip, cut, and roll all of the meals they serve. Elegant blue lighting washes over a capacious menu that caters to variable tastes with more than 30 dexterously crafted sushi rolls, such as the spicy-crunchy-tuna roll, yellowtail-scallion roll, and the large dining-room-carpet roll. In-table hibachi grills set the stage for fast-handed chefs to perform theatrical flips and flourishes as they prepare grilled, aerodynamic meals featuring chicken, shrimp, or steak, all accompanied by a festive trio of soup, salad, and fried rice.
As hungering eyes look upon dexterous feats of cooking, elegantly modern décor beckons forth diners' appetites with clean lines, glossy surfaces, and ancient Edo-period hedge-maze maps.
Be transported to another place at Ninza Sushi Bar. With chefs from Los Angeles, guests will experience unique cooking styles and flavors. Beautiful plates add to the tasty dishes, and special rolls bring an air of excitement with each visit. Guests can order the Ninza Cake to start, which consists of deep-fried breadcrumbs with crab, mozzarella and jalapeno. After cooling off with the Avocado Salad, guests will be ready to dig into one of the many baked rolls available at Ninza. Whether it’s the Snow Coconut Roll, the Dragon Roll or the Spicy Baked Salmon Roll, guests will find succulent flavors in each taste. They are open every day of the week for lunch through late-night dinner hours. Hurry to Ninza Sushi Bar for a tasteful experience.
Located in the hip Old Town Wichita, Wasabi Hinkaku is a fresh, delicious, sushi experience waiting for you to happen. This is not a typical sushi restaurant, as in you leave your meal and then five minutes later wonder when dinner is. The plates of sushi at Wasabi are colorful, fresh, and full. They include classic options and specialty items alike. In addition to sushi, there are also teriyaki bento box choices for lunch and dinner. Some of the sushi rolls are quite adventurous— their “Dragon Roll” is served flaming! The Sexy Roll is spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber, and shrimp tempura, and the Stuffed Jalapeño Tempura is a cream-cheese and spicy tuna stuffed jalapeño that has been deep fried. Can you say decadent?
Nestled in the heart of Old Town Wichita Hana Café offers fine Japanese and Korean cuisine to quelch your craving for a taste of the Far East. With a variety of sushi samplings such as the famed Hot Dragon Roll and an array of traditional Korean favorites like bi bim bap with kim chee Hana has a little something for everyone on its menu. The prices are low for the portions that are offered and the cozy yet ambient atmosphere belies the restaurant's outward appearance as a hole-in-the-wall. If you need a nosh and have a hankering for Asian food give Hana Café a try—your taste buds will thank you and so will your wallet.