All-you-can-eat-sushi restaurant opens in Topeka, offers about 40 different rolls.

Last weekend, the first all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant opened in Topeka.


Mizu Sushi and Hibachi, at 1320 S.W. Ashworth Place, is tucked back near the Baymont Inn &Suites and Texas Roadhouse, and from I-470 you can see the huge new sign from the interstate. Lining the street are signs for specials, declaring “Dinner for 2 for $30.00 Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday,” a deal in itself that has drawn crowds of customers in the first week.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. Mizu promotes serving unlimited sushi, but for those not thrilled with the idea of consuming raw fish, it also include hibachi — grilled options — with the all-you-can-eat offerings.

“We realized pretty quickly that they like their food cooked here,” said Rachel Xu, the general manager.

Sam Ouyang owns the restaurant, having previously partnered in opening the first Mizu in Wichita last year. Ouyang said they chose Topeka to open a second Mizu because of the city’s large size and the fact that no other sushi restaurant offers all-you-can-eat options.

Mizu is in the former Rib Crib location, which closed in 2012. The exterior remains the same, but Xu said that since taking over the space they have added tables to replace the former red leather booths and done a majority of the repairs in the kitchen.

On the menu there’s 30 to 40 special or regular rolls, Xu explained, as well as the tempura and hibachi selections.

Some of the chef’s specialty rolls are the Topeka roll, with salmon, cream cheese, avocado and cucumber topped with crabmeat salad; the Easter roll, spicy shrimp crunch topped with tuna and mango; the King Roll, a shrimp tempura roll topped with eel, avocado and eel sauce; and the Ocean View roll, spicy tuna crunch topped with cooked red snapper and avocado.

On its menu, the restaurant specifies that all-you-can-eat meal is served for two hours, and it requests portions be finished before requesting more. Xu said that the policy was not a hard-and-fast rule, but it was put in place for when the restaurant is at capacity.

“This space is so large, we don’t think we’ll have that problem here,” Xu said. “And sushi is very, very filling. You really can’t eat that much for two hours.”

The special offer is available until October, and regular prices for lunch are $12.99 and dinner $19.99 for adults, with discounted prices for children.

Contact reporter Savanna Maue at (785) 295-5621 or @CJFoodFun or @SavannaMaue on Twitter.