We originally reported a ramen restaurant was in the works for the northeast part of town back in December. That place is now here, but they are more than just ramen, it’s also a sushi restaurant. Mirai Ramen & Sushi opened last week in the former SpringRo space at 6254 E. 37th St. N.
I stopped by with many family members to get an expanded look at what to expect should you decide to go.
6254 E 37th St. N Suite #180, Wichita, KS 67220
Open Daily: 11am – 9pm
The first thing I noticed and I wish I snapped a picture, was how great of a job they did on the renovations. Gone were the bright green colors of SpringRo; they really toned everything down to make it more inviting.
Mirai Ramen & Sushi does take reservations, so we made ours. Once we arrived, we were promptly seated and had our drink orders taken.
My family started off with some appetizers. We had the garlic edamame, octopus salad, crab salad, chicken karaage, Japanese pork bun and complimentary salad that came as part of our sushi order.
The sides were excellent aside from one. Everyone loved the garlic edamame. The chicken karaage was juicy and tender. Octopus fans was probably the favorite of the group, the sauce, which was almost like a teriyaki glaze of some sort that significantly enhanced the flavors.
Out of all the sides we ordered, the Japanese Pork Bun was the most underwhelming. The pork was fine, but the bun failed to deliver for us. It had a gritty and chalky texture and flavor to it; this was different from the pillow-y soft ones we’ve had around town. This caused the whole appetizer to have this dry flavor in your mouth. We ended up eating the pork by itself.
Some rolls we ordered included the orgasm roll, fire mountain roll, twister roll, spicy salmon roll and the sashimi deluxe.
I’ve read many positive reviews on Mirai and perhaps this particular review may temper some expectations. While we liked what we had, we found most of the sushi here to be above average, but not on par with some other places around town.
The spicy rolls we ordered lacked heat and could have used a little kick to it. Our sashimi deluxe was served with many pieces that were ice-cold and needed time to thaw in our mouth each time we tried a piece.
I had the fire mountain roll, which was a California roll topped with spicy tuna, salmon, white tuna and 4 kinds of Tobiko. In theory, this sounded delicious. The presentation (last picture below) and idea were fantastic, but the experience didn’t match. The fish was diced and tossed on top of the California roll, resembling a mountain. There wasn’t any heat to it and the flavors didn’t seem to pair well together, at least in that particular roll.
We wanted to love this place because that part of town could definitely use an excellent sushi restaurant. Unfortunately, our first impression felt average, especially when you compare it to other sushi restaurants in Wichita.
I will add, though, the staff did an outstanding job. It was their opening weekend, which can sometimes be a pain point for some places, but Mirai nailed it in all aspects of customer service.
We didn’t order their ramen, so I intend to return soon to try that out. When I do, I’ll be sure to order some more sushi to see if things get better for me.
Here’s the menu:
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