I’ve driven by this restaurant many times. Due to the exterior and no windows, I always thought it was a closed down restaurant. I was wrong.
In our latest stop around town, we dropped by one restaurant that’s been operating for decades. It was our first visit to Magic Wok Restaurant & Club. Don’t confuse Magic Wok with other Wok-named Chinese restaurant competitors like Wok Hey, Famous Wok or Master Wok. Magic Wok was far superior than the rest of the aforementioned names.
9504 W Central Ave
Wichita, KS 67212
Tuesday – Thursday: 11am – 2pm; 5pm – 9:30pm
Friday: 11am – 2pm; 5pm – 10pm
Saturday: 5pm – 10pm
Sunday: 11am – 2pm
Closed on Monday
When they call it Magic Wok Restaurant & Club, they mean it. On our lunch visit, there were already a handful of people coming in for drinks. Inside it certainly has the look of a restaurant that has been around for three decades.
As our appetizers, my brother and I ordered our usual staples. He went with crab rangoon while I went with hot & sour soup. My brother loved his crab rangoon noting that they did not skimp on the crab meat at all. Often times you’ll find it with nearly 99% cream cheese filling. He said it was one of the best in town he’s had. The hot & sour soup was different than other establishments. It was lighter in color and was more on the sour side. It still had a minor kick to it but you could definitely get a sour taste to it. Regardless of it, I still enjoyed it and finished my bowl.
For lunch I ordered the pepper steak meal and my brother ordered the chicken katsu.
Both meals were excellent. My pepper steak dish wasn’t overpowered with onions which is a common problem at the quick-service Chinese restaurants. There were plenty of beef and peppers to go around. The rice didn’t have texture as if it had been sitting in a pot all day long. My only gripe was the eggroll was less than stellar and more breading than anything. As for the chicken katsu, it was the perfect entree to compliment the crab rangoon he ordered. He received four huge skewered breaded chicken breasts that were tender and juicy. Any salad served with ginger dressing is an automatic win. The portion size was so big, he only finished half of it.
The service there was wonderful. Our server was polite, kind and engaging. Too many times, Chinese restaurants pop up and serve incredibly bland and boring food, Magic Wok strays away from that and it’s possibly why they’ve been in business this long. We really enjoyed it and would go back in a heartbeat.
Of course what meal at a Chinese restaurant doesn’t end with a fortune cookie?
Here was their lunch and dinner menu:
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