Wichita has gained a couple of new places to eat over the past several days.
The new restaurant, which opened for business on Thursday, is owned by Ben Wongprom, Sam Sihanath and Ta Sihanath and modeled on Wongprom’s restaurant of the same name in Stuart, Florida. Sam is his cousin.
The restaurant will have white tablecloths and upscale dishes, many of them featuring seafood. One of its signature dishes will be the Crispy Duck Pad Thai, which is one of the top sellers at the Florida restaurant, Wongprom said. The new restaurant’s hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, so you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to try it.
You can see the menu below.
The other is Aria Bakery, a unique new shop that opened on Saturday in Normandie Center, taking over the space at 6476 E. Central that was formerly occupied by Sweetly Scrumptious.
The bakery serves Turkish and Persian-style baked goods, both savory and sweet, many of which aren’t available elsewhere in Wichita. Its specialty is Barbari, which is a golden flatbread covered in sesame seeds, but its bakery case is also filled with things like baklava, cream puffs and Simit, which is a bread that’s twisted, circular and covered in sesame seeds. There are also Persian-style cookies and cakes.
The restaurant is owned by Omid Hashemi and his wife, Mahshid Alipour Hashemi, who came to Wichita from Iran and missed the fresh-baked bread they enjoyed in their country.
The bakery has a few seats inside where people can sit and enjoy. The hours are 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Because it’s opening week, though, Aria is open today, even though it’s Monday.
Krua Thai at Wichita menu