Ramen and poke has arrived in southeast Wichita courtesy of Oishi; a new locally owned restaurant that has taken over the Bai Wei Asian Diner space at 1845 S. Rock Road.
Most of the poke and ramen in town has mostly been found in north, northeast and downtown Wichita. So, this should be a warm welcome to an area of town that doesn’t have a dense number of local places to eat. Also, an additional lunch outing for those who work at McConnell AFB down the street.
1845 S Rock Rd, Wichita, KS 67207
Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 9:30pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Oishi Poke Ramen is owned by the same family who owns Dragon City at 3008 W. Central.
The interior was given a much-needed remodel after years of late night diners coming in when the space was Bai Wei.
Aside from the poke and ramen at Oishi, the restaurant also sells boba, fried rice and udon noodle dishes. But for my first visit, I had to stick with what the restaurant mainly specialized in.
For both the ramen and poke, customers were able to create their own bowl. Ramen was $13.50 while poke was $12.75 for 2 proteins and $16.25 for 3 proteins. I decided to go with both.
For my poke bowl, I had the 2 protein option with sushi rice, salmon, spicy tuna, house poke shoyu sauce, kimchi, mango, seaweed salad, sushi ginger, and wasabi. The poke was fantastic. There were thick, flavorful cuts of fish in my bowl. Oishi was very generous with the toppings to make for an extremely filling bowl. I was a big fan and would certainly return next time I’m in the area.
I couldn’t leave without some ramen. My “create your own ramen bowl” came with seaweed and a boiled egg. I added in wavy ramen noodles, pork belly, a mild spice level, tonkotsu broth, corn, sushi ginger and fish cake.
The pork belly was the best part of my ramen bowl. Unfortunately, there were some things that, I think, could have been better. The wavy ramen noodles were a bit overcooked and mushy. The broth felt watered down aside from an area that was doused in red pepper flakes.
So, I loved the poke and felt the ramen could have used some more work. Fortunately for Oishi, it was their first day and that gives them plenty of time to work out the kinks. I love udon noodle dishes and really want to try that on my next visit.
There were many military personnel grabbing lunch, which was cool to see as they don’t have a vast number of options nearby.
Here’s the menu:
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