Owner Kong Shun “Randy” Gao is a native of China who came to Iowa by way of New York City in 1997. He opened China Wok in Council Bluffs in 2009 and Wasabi Sushi in Omaha on Aug. 16.
The restaurant, on the Lowe’s side of the intersection of 144th Street and West Maple Road, has a sushi bar and seats about 120. It accepts reservations and credit cards and has a limited selection of alcoholic beverages. It’s the area’s only all-you-can-eat, made-to-order sushi restaurant.
A previous business installed the New York City skylines on the restaurant’s walls. Gao said he kept them because they worked with his concept and reminded him of the four years he lived in the city.
The lunch and dinner all-you-can-eat menus have fixed prices, depending on the day and your age. Adults pay $12.99 at lunch and $22.99 at dinner Mondays through Saturdays and $20.99 all day on Sundays. Senior citizens (age 65 and older) pay $9.99 at lunch Mondays through Saturdays and $15.99 at dinner and on Sundays. Children ages 5 to 12 pay $7.99 at lunch Mondays through Saturdays and $11.99 at dinner and on Sundays. That doesn’t include tax, tip or beverage.
The executive chef is Peter Lim, who Gao said hails from China and has worked in several high-end Japanese restaurants. The restaurant has three sushi chefs and four hot-kitchen chefs.
The asparagus salmon roll and the sushi pizza are among the eatery’s most popular items, Gao said.
Are ravenous diners eating him out of business? Not yet, Gao said. “I think we can make money, but we want to get more people in here. We want to be a place that everybody can afford to go to and try new things. I want this to be popular not just to the high class.”
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