A brand-new restaurant is opening on Monday, April 24 inside the WSU Tech NICHE building at 124 S. Broadway. JINYA Ramen Bar, a Los Angeles-based chain, specializes in slow-cooked ramen made from broth simmered for 20 hours in-house.
124 S Broadway, Wichita, KS 67202
Monday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm
For complete transparency, I attended a private soft opening event where all the meals were comped for guest. Because of this, I’m leaving opinions regarding the food out of this as to avoid bias of any sort and just give you an idea of what to expect. During this visit, I was joined by fellow food blogger, The Kansas Gastronomist.
Whoever did the renovations on the former Henry building did an outstanding job. There was a big city, sleek feel as you walked in.
With big windows facing the south and west side of the building, there was so much natural light coming in, making the place very inviting. There’s also a big covered patio on the south end as well, just in time for the summer.
We started our lunch with a couple of appetizers: jalapeno butter corn and crispy rice with spicy tuna.
From there, we ordered an assortment of different dishes. Of course, no visit to JINYA Ramen Bar is complete without ramen, so we had the JINYA Tonkotsu Black and the Spicy Chicken Ramen made spicy.
The Chef’s Special looked interesting and since I’m a sucker for limited time offerings, we went with the Suan-La-Tang Tsukemen. The special, which is available until May 31, consisted of thick noodles dipped in a rich, hot & sour soup broth topped with pork soboro, green onion, shitake mushroom, bamboo shoot, seasoned egg, bokchoy, nori, sesame seed and lime.
The Kansas Gastronomist also ordered the curry rice, but that was by mistake. But, we still ate it.
I’ve attended hundreds of soft openings over the years, and this was one of the better first-time visits when it came to service. For a stress test with plenty of customers, the staff did a fantastic job, which is always a good sign of things to come.
There was a large menu of many things I wanted to try but due to my inability to eat a full menu page worth of food, I’m going to have to save it for a future visit once they officially open.
Between the ambience and the vibe of JINYA, there were many positive things to away that would set them up for success. The food? I’ll let you be the judge of that… or I’ll just return sooner than later for a revisited review.
Here’s the menu:
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