Who doesn’t love a good sushi burrito? I was craving one and wanted to revisit a restaurant I haven’t been to in years. So with that, the latest stop took us to Bento Cafe which was one of the first places in Wichita to serve the sushi burrito.
550 N Ridge Road
Wichita, KS 67212
Monday – Wednesday: 4:30pm – 8pm
Thursday: 11am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday: 4:30pm – 8pm
Closed on Sunday
Bento Cafe is a Mexican Grill & Sushi restaurant located near Central & Ridge Road. They’ve been in Wichita for six years and don’t seem to get a lot of attention in town so let’s give them some much deserved love.
The restaurant took over a former Poblano space many years ago so to the owners it made sense to keep the Mexican food and add what their personal specialty was sushi. To this day the menu still consists of both Mexican food and sushi. But with the COVID-19 stuff going on and Bento Cafe’s reopening, they opted to serve just sushi with plans to bring back the Mexican food soon.
For our visit, we ordered a smoked salmon sushi burrito, a spicy salmon sushi burrito and a spicy tuna sushi roll.
Everything came out quick and fresh. The sushi burritos were huge. I wish the pictures could show just how big they were. They were stuffed tightly and had no shortage of salmon inside. It was a miracle we were able to finish the burritos and even a bigger mystery how we were able to make room for the spicy salmon roll.
What I loved most about the burritos was that it wasn’t all rice. Nice chunks of salmon filled the inside. I’ve had some sushi burritos before and there was minimal fish and mostly all rice as filler. If I wanted that, I would have ordered a big bowl of sticky rice. Bento Cafe had an option to add extra protein for $2 and I’m not sure where there would even have been room for it.
Everything was delicious and I made a mental note not to wait so many years to go back again.
Aside from all that, the people working at Bento Cafe were very nice and hospitable. They took essentially every proper measure one would ask while dining inside from masks, gloves, tables spaced out, no condiments on the table, hand sanitizer and wipes offered. It was a fantastic dining experience all around.
Here’s their menu:
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2 thoughts on “Bento Cafe Revisited: Home of the Sushi Burrito”
Are their new hours permanent or just due to a slow reopening due to the pandemic?
I have been a frequent visitor and tried stopping by last Saturday for lunch and saw they were closed and then re-read your article and saw the new times.
I’m not entirely sure. It’s hard telling with everything going on these days. I’m sure it’s all very fluid on the hours.