A new Vietnamese restaurant has opened in south Wichita called Dolphin Restaurant. It may be familiar to some people who stopped by their original business called Dolphin Tea that was at 3750 N. Woodlawn. The tea shop would occasionally serve Vietnamese dishes and outgrew their space. So, the tea shop decided to change to a full-service Vietnamese restaurant and found a spot 2959 S. Hillside that’s been home to such restaurants as the original Angry Elephant and Appetite 316 space.
2955 S Hillside St., Suite 500, Wichita, KS 67216
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm
I dropped by Dolphin Restaurant with some blogging friends, where we started with fried beef meatballs and spring rolls. The spring rolls were hefty and meaty; I really enjoyed those. As for the fried meatballs, they really weren’t my thing. It’s not that it was bad or anything like that, but it was a dish that didn’t resonate much with my taste buds. Maybe it was the hardened fried texture that I didn’t like.
My friends ordered the Bun Mam (Vietnamese fermented fish noodle soup) and the wonton soup with pork char siu.
I went with a roasted duck soup with egg noodles. It wasn’t on the menu, but a special for the day. This dish was incredible. I loved the duck and big plump mushrooms in it. But the true star of this dish, like with most soups, was the broth. It was deeply rich and full of flavor. In fact, I tried the broth in the other dishes and they were all fantastic.
Dolphin Restaurant hit a home run with all the soups.
Because Dolphin Restaurant was a Vietnamese establishment, it made sense to try a bowl of pho. So we all ordered one to split between four guys.
The pho was piping hot; honestly, it was probably the hottest bowl of pho I’ve ever had in my life in terms of temperature. The broth was so hot that it overcooked the noodles and the meat fell apart. It really took away from the whole experience of the meal. This was feedback we provided to the restaurant, and they said it was something they’ve been working on.
Aside from that, all the other dishes at Dolphin Restaurant were excellent. The service was friendly; albeit a bit slow, but it was their opening week.
I thoroughly enjoyed what I had and will have to return again in the future when they improve their pho.
Here’s the menu:
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