Edokko Japanese Restaurant
I had heard wonderful things about Edokko in Lenexa and decided it was time to give it a try.
Walking in, I was immediately struck by the serene nature of the restaurant. An attractive sushi bar is the focal point, with booths and tables circling it on two levels. It’s dark, you can hear water trickling in soothing fashion and the service is soft and unobtrusive.
There are no hibachi tables or showmen juggling their knives and aiming shrimp at your mouth, though you can get hibachi style shrimp and steak dinners if you choose. However, I was there for the sushi and noodles, both of which are well-executed. The soba noodles were stir fried with vegetables and noodles and had a pleasant, light flavor.
Sushi is clearly the star of the show here, and there is a notebook with pictures of each maki roll that the chef makes. Considering that the list of rolls is so long, it helps to have a corresponding picture to help diners make a decision. I had the special tuna roll, with tuna and avocado inside and spicy tuna and tempura flakes on top. The tuna was excellent, though the flakes masked the other ingredients. I also order a handrolled spider roll with softshell crab and rice rolled up in nori. Visually attractive and so easy to eat–no chopsticks necessary– like picking up and dipping an egg roll in sauce.
The list of appetizers is also impressive, from baked mussels and crab cakes to vegetable tempura and steamed dumplings. Teriyaki is also on the menu for those who can’t stomach sushi or sashimi.
For those of us who live in midtown, it’s quite a trek. But if you’re in the neighborhood of I-35 and 87th Street, it’s a lovely oasis in a busy part of town.