There’s been a restaurant that has been growing on me more and more over the past year. I try to avoid going to the same restaurants over and over but the one restaurant that I have been frequenting more and more as of late has been Sakura Japanese Cuisine. They are a little Japanese restaurant located in the Delano District.
605 W Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67213
Monday – Friday: 11am – 3pm; 5pm – 9pm
Saturday: 12pm – 9pm
Closed on Sunday
Their menu consists of sushi and popular noodle dishes including ramen. Based off of a recommendation from my Facebook group, I had to go back to get one of my favorite ramens in town but also an appetizer that came highly recommended by many.
Behold the garlic edamame which was sautéed with garlic. Edamame is such a simple appetizer but Sakura took it to a new level. Each bite had a nice oily and garlicky flavor that tickled my taste buds with glee. I’ll often eat bags of edamame at home and hope to be able to recreate some of this magic. But if I can’t, it looks like I’ll be going to Sakura a little more.
Next up was, you guessed it, the Five Spice ramen. I’ve mentioned it multiple times but it’s worth repeating yet again. It’s $12.50 and contains pork belly, egg, and bean sprout. They don’t skimp on it either, it’s a big heaping bowl that will appease any appetite. Sometimes you’ll find bowls of ramen that don’t have much meat in it, that’s not the case at Sakura. There were nice fatty, tender delicious pieces of pork belly that I’d probably order plates of if it were an appetizer. The broth was rich, flavorful and not too salty. If you need a little heat, just tell them and they’ll be sure to get you taken care of.
It’s one of the best ramen dishes you’ll find in town.
I’ve been to Sakura probably 7-8 times in the past year and every single time there at most just two other tables with customers. I’m not sure why as the food is good and the service is very friendly. Your drink will never be empty for more than a couple minutes either.
While I wouldn’t call this place hole in the wall by any means but it appears to be a less-frequented restaurant in the popular Delano area by many. With so many other restaurants in the area packed, perhaps give this place a try if you’re looking for a delicious quiet meal.
Here is their non-sushi menu:
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