Dining With Denise Neil

Restaurant owner luring would-be sushi eaters with half-price deal

Sam Zeng wants his customers to take a risk and try sushi, so he’s making it extra inexpensive three days a week.
Sam Zeng wants his customers to take a risk and try sushi, so he’s making it extra inexpensive three days a week. The Wichita Eagle

People love the hibachi meals at Tokyo Japanese Cuisine, says owner Sam Zeng.

But since he opened his restaurant at 445 N. West Street last August, Zeng said, he hasn’t been able to persuade his customer base that sushi is just as good. Many of his clients aren’t too sure about trying sushi, though they’ll occasionally order cooked and deep-fried rolls.

To try to entice them, Zeng has introduced a permanent special that might make it easier for non sushi eaters to take a risk, he said.

On Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays, he’s offering a menu of sushi items for up to 50 percent off. The menu includes more than 50 items, including regular rolls like California rolls for $2.75, tempura rolls for $3.50 and avocado rolls for $1.95. More complex specialty rolls range from $5.95 to $8.95.

The deals are available to dine-in customers only.

Zeng completely gutted the former Hunan Restaurant & Club and turned it into a big sushi bar with glittery floors. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays; noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 9:30 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 316-636-7777.

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