#1 – Oishi Sushi Restaurant & Bar
12220 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee, KS 66216
Casual to midscale restaurant with a full bar
Oishi is a casual midscale sushi bar with enough options that it will surely satisfy everyone in your party. At first glance the outside of the building might not seem like much, but once you step inside the atmosphere changes to a neat contemporary style with just the right touch of light. They offer a large variety of sushi along with soups, salads, tempura, hibachi, ramen, and many other options.
The Oishi menu includes fairly common rolls that even the pickiest eaters will likely enjoy and many more adventurous options for those looking to try something spicy or some more exotic meats, like an octopus, squid, or roe. They also offer a kids menu and vegetarian options. The real reason to go to Oishi is the beautiful and unique plating techniques. All of their dishes come out looking like art, especially when they bring you your sushi on a boat. Oishi is a Shawnee restaurant that is definitely worth checking out either in person, through the curbside pickup, or even delivery. Between their low prices, many options, and the unique style, you are sure to enjoy your visit.
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#2 – Sushi Mido
6010 Nieman Rd, Shawnee, KS 66203
Sushi Mido is located in the heart of Shawnee along Nieman Road, just south of Johnson Drive. The area is developing quickly, and now that Nieman is finally free of construction, it’s effortless to get to. Sushi Mido offers an all you can eat deal for $24 that is sure to fill you up. They have 20 plus protein options, including conch, mussels (baby octopus), and scallops.
Their menu also includes basic options like crab, salmon, yellowtail, and many tuna varieties. You can choose from so many different types of sushi rolls that the options may even seem overwhelming. Luckily, with the all you can eat option, you can sample as many as you’d like! Though the specialty here is sushi, the Sushi Mido menu also includes fried rice, soups, salads, and my personal favorite, yaki udon. They are currently open for dine-in business as well as takeout and delivery. Second on our list of the best sushi in Kansas City
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#3 – Sakura
7474 Nieman Rd #4464, Shawnee, KS 66203
Sakura offers four special dining options. The first option, which is what makes them unique, is their sushi train. If you sit at the sushi bar, you can watch the chefs prepare your meal before placing it on a toy train to be delivered to you. Sakura recommends the second option, the steakhouse, for larger parties. If you choose to sit in the steakhouse, you can still watch the chefs prepare food while doing tricks. This is especially fun with a group of friends or family for a special occasion.
You can also choose to sit at a table, which would be a good idea for groups that want to order from both the sushi bar and the kitchen while having a more relaxed experience. Sakura offers takeout as its fourth dining option. Though the takeout will taste just as delicious, I recommend picking one of the first three options to experience the restaurant if you are able fully. Their sushi menu is not as adventurous as the previously listed options, but they make up for it with many other menu options that are sure to satisfy.
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#4 – Aso Sushi (in Lenexa)
8615 Hauser Ct, Lenexa, KS 66215
Casual Sushi Restaurant
While Aso Sushi is technically located in Lenexa, it is still only ten minutes away from downtown Shawnee. Aso Sushi offers over fifty different sushi rolls and a few appetizers, but the focus is definitely on the sushi. They provide a normal menu and a “picture menu,” which is extremely helpful to anyone who might not be the most experienced sushi connoisseur.
You can dine in or order online for delivery, but they do not do carryout. Aso Sushi will cater to any sized event. According to their website, they can accommodate small parties of 20 or less to events of up to 20,000 attendees. If you’re dining in, they offer all-you-can-eat sushi so you can try their many flavors
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#5 – Sushi UNI (in Lenexa)
12841 W 87th St Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66215
Casual Sushi Restaurant
Sushi UNI is also located in Lenexa, just across 87th Parkway from Aso Sushi. Their low prices make it an essential stop for sushi in the area, but that doesn’t mean that they are cutting corners when it comes to quality and freshness. While most places on this list cost $4 to $8 per roll, you can get six rolls for as low as $3.50 at Sushi UNI. Though the prices do range higher for more complicated rolls, it is by far one of the most affordable sushi restaurants in the area, unless you eat a lot of sushi with one of the all-you-can-eat options.
Sushi aside, they offer many other Japanese and Chinese entrees as well as soups and salads. They have every option you will need for proteins and a few specialty rolls to try out. While you can’t order takeout or delivery directly from their website, you can place an order through Grubhub. Last on our list of the best sushi in Kansas City.
Types of Sushi
If you need some help deciding where to go or aren’t very familiar with sushi, it will help us understand the types of sushi you can try. When you think of sushi, you probably automatically picture maki, the traditional sushi roll. Maki consists of various fish, veggies, or rice rolled up in seaweed. Sometimes sweet potato, thinly cut cucumber, or rice paper is used in place of the seaweed. The most common maki rolls are the California Rolls and the Philadelphia roll, both of which are fairly safe options for a sushi novice.
A different sushi-style where a slice of fish is served on top of a rectangular cube of rice. There can sometimes be vegetables, pickled ginger, or wasabi layered in as well. Nigiri translates to “two fingers,” which refers to the portion of rice under the fish.
found on most sushi menus but is actually not sushi at all. Though commonly confused as a type of sushi, sashimi does not contain rice, and sushi isn’t sushi without rice! Sashimi is prepared to fish that is not served with rice or any vegetables.