Dining With Denise Neil

Eastern Cuisines, serving African fare, open in Delano

Eastern Cuisines just opened in the former Lotus Leaf space at 613 W. Douglas.
Eastern Cuisines just opened in the former Lotus Leaf space at 613 W. Douglas. The Wichita Eagle

Tumaini Kilangwa opened her new Eastern Cuisines restaurant in the former Lotus Leaf space in Delano on Monday.

The restaurant, which is at 613 W. Douglas, is now serving a buffet at breakfast and lunch, and after a few days in business, Kilangwa has heard from customers that they want a dinner buffet as well, so she’s added that. The hours for the restaurant are 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Fridays.

Kilangwa, a native of Tanzania, Africa, fills the buffets with foods from countries including Africa, England, Ireland, India, Italy and the Philippines.

The breakfast buffet includes turkey sausage, turkey bacon, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, hash browns, Tanzania donuts, sambusas and Tanzania flat bread.

The lunch and dinner buffets include beef and chicken pilaf, fried plantains, cornmeal mush, beef and chicken noodles, curry dishes, pan fried diced chicken and beef and a popular Tanzanian salad made with cucumbers, tomatoes and onions.

The breakfast buffet is $5.99 and is served until 11 a.m. The lunch buffet is $8.99 and is served until 5:30 p.m. The dinner buffet is $9.99. Customers also can call ahead for carry out orders or can take a to-go container through the buffet.

On Aug. 22, Kilangwa is putting on a grand opening event that will feature a discounted lunch buffet from noon to 2 p.m. During that time, it will cost $7.99.

For more information, call 316-293-9537. Also, visit the restaurants Facebook page, which includes tempting food photos.