Wasabi Hinkaku Revisited

I received an email with a heartfelt plea to revisit Wasabi Hinkaku. It’s been over three years since I last stopped by. And during that time, new owners took over and revamped the menu, so it made total sense to stop by and give this downtown sushi restaurant a revisited review.

912 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67202

Monday – Thursday: 11am – 9:15pm
Friday: 11am – 10pm
Saturday: Noon – 10pm
Sunday: Noon – 9:30pm

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Upon our arrival, we were all given little bowls of complimentary miso soup, which was perfect for the rather chilly day. This is a soup that doesn’t get enough love. While it’s not filling, it really hits the spot and prepares you for whatever meal you’re about to consume.

I was joined by fellow food blogger Bottomless Pit ICT, who I’d highly recommend giving a follow on Facebook and Instagram. She had the chicken katsu bento box which she was pretty lukewarm on mainly because of the salad and California roll.

Then another local food blogger, Fert The Foodie, and I split a bunch of rolls. We had the following:

  • 911 Roll: Spicy tuna, cucumber, jalapeño, topped with avocado, sriracha, spicy mayo
  • 420 Roll: Shrimp tempura, crab, topped with escolar, avocado, soy mustard sauce
  • 69 Roll: Shrimp tempura, avocado, cucumber, topped with salmon, avocado, cream cheese
  • Blazing Salmon Roll: Crab, avocado, topped with salmon, spicy mayo, eel sauce, masago, green onion,
  • Philadelphia Roll
  • Spicy Tuna Roll

The first thing we noticed at Wasabi Hinkaku was the size of the rolls. They had a lot more girth to them.

I’m not too big on tempura-based rolls, so I had a couple of pieces of the 420 and 69 rolls. While I loved the names of the rolls and found them to be funny, they just weren’t my thing. Simply, because of my preference of rolls without tempura inside. You could be different, and these rolls could be for you, as Fert the Foodie enjoyed them.

The blazing salmon roll was fantastic, though; this was torched slightly, and you could get a bit of that flavor in each bite. Nice big chunks of salmon were stuffed into the rolls, and I couldn’t help myself but eat as much as I could. The 911 roll was also a nice pick from the menu and didn’t have too much heat to it aside from the small dab of sriracha, but still a tasty piece of sushi.

As for the Philadelphia and spicy tuna rolls, nothing too out of the ordinary here. They were simple and basic rolls that were executed well.

I was pleasantly surprised with the meal and had zero complaints with the rolls I ordered.

Wasabi Hinkaku

We ended our Wasabi Hinkaku lunch with a Sweet Maui dessert roll which was pineapple, strawberries, kiwi, cheesecake, rice crispsies, topped with house-made mango sauce. Holy moly!!! This was probably the best dessert I’ve ever had from a sushi restaurant. It was rich, sweet, and everything I could have asked for.

We were all pleased with the service, it was attentive and quick, which was great since we stopped by over lunch.

Thanks to the reader recommendation on Wasabi Hinkaku. These definitely help for someone like me who visits every restaurant and needs help on deciding where to eat.

Here’s the menu:

Happy Dining,

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2 thoughts on “Wasabi Hinkaku Revisited”

  1. E.B., I’m the reader that emailed you to stop by Wasabi downtown, I also happened to be your server the day you came in although I didn’t know it was you at the time. I just wanted to thank you so much for giving us a chance. Thank you very much, have a happy and prosperous new year.

    Hugh Rausch

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