There’s a little downtown restaurant inside the Garvey Center that some of you may have heard of. We’ve been there before on the blog but wanted to revisit them to not just try their popular burritos but also one of the Asian cuisines on the menu. It’s Kyoto Garden.
220 W Douglas Ave.
Wichita, KS 67202
Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 3pm
Closed on Saturday & Sunday
Kyoto Garden specializes in Japanese and Chinese cuisines. They have a set menu and different daily specials. Thursday has been prime time as they sell burritos. So let’s start with that.
Every Thursday, there’s a little burrito bar set up. They are around $7 plus tax. When you arrive, you pay for the burritos first and then stand in line to get a burrito.
It’s similar to Chipotle in the fact that you can choose what you want from their line of ingredients. There’s chicken and steak which they grill early Thursday morning before opening. There’s also your choice of rice, corn, black beans, different salsas or pico, shredded cheese, sour cream, jalapenos, different vegetables, guacamole, and hot sauce.
Mine was a mix of everything. She asked if I wanted it spicy. I obliged and next thing I know, she started pouring in my weight in sriracha into the burrito.
The end result was a tightly packed burrito that measured at around 7 inches in length. The grilled meat has a wonderful delicious smokey flavor that really stands out. Of course the sriracha brought the heat but was toned down by the sour cream, salsa and guacamole. 100% a better value than Chipotle and even better that I was not just supporting local but getting an amazing meal with it.
Everybody raves about the burritos but we cannot forget the sole genre of the restaurant. On a Monday one of the specials was the spicy teagigogi which was spicy beef over rice with lo mein and tempura. I could have done without the tempura but the rest of it was excellent. The beef had a thick glaze of sauce that was sweet and spicy at the same time. I found myself dipping my lo mein noodles in the leftover sauce. It was very delicious and a reason why I’d probably return on a Monday again.
Kyoto Garden is a great little spot downtown that’s worth a trip, especially if you’re in the area.
Here’s the menu and one of the daily specials pictures I snapped from a Monday: