Zhen Liu, a native of China, and Naree Lekphaijit, a native of Thailand, teamed up for a new Northland restaurant celebrating the cuisine of their two countries.
Saki Asian Restaurant opened in late February at 5225 N.W. 64th St.
The Asian-fusion menu includes traditional hibachi and wok dishes, noodles and fried rice, sushi rolls, soups, salads, and appetizers. Some of its specialties are Korean barbecue short ribs, Thai curry salmon, the Masaman Curry Deluxe (jumbo shrimp and chicken in a yellow coconut curry sauce with sweet potatoes, onions, avocado and cashew), and the Spring Garden (vegetables and fried tofu in a white Cantonese sauce). It also has a children’s menu and a full bar.
“Our 10th day opening we had some people who had been here three times and some that have been here eight times,” Liu said. “We really try to focus on the quality of the food and service in a cozy environment where they can relax.”
The 4,200-square-foot freestanding building, just west of Interstate 29, has been remodeled. It previously housed such restaurants as YaYa’s Euro Bistro, Thai Place Northland, and Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant.Brookside shop caters to foodies
Andrea Joseph says she just couldn’t help becoming a foodie growing up around her family’s Torreon Mexican Restaurant in Overland Park. She even married a sous chef.
Now a mother of two, she planned her Season + Square shop for more than a year before recently opening it in Brookside. Its tagline is “tasteful goods” and she searched out unique, high quality items from across the country for her inventory. Many of her vendors also are mom-and-pop businesses.
Season + Square has vintage styled pepper grinders from Red Rooster Trading Co., Mac Cutting Boards, Sir/Madam vintage styled dishes, linens and aprons, and eco-friendly soaps.
It also carries a variety of gourmet salts — including black truffle, sugar maple, Pinot Noir, chocolate, and hickory smoked; five different vinegars and five different olive oils from the Olive Tree in Overland Park; Orlando, Fla.’s Wondermade handcrafted marshmallows (currently bourbon, Guinness, s’mores or chocolate mint; and Springfield, Mo.’s Askinosie Chocolates including cocoa powders and sipping chocolate.
Spices are imported directly from their country of origin. Her 16-year-old daughter Izabella Vadovicky came up with the Waldo Wonder mix of cheese/garlic/parsley to use, perhaps, in pasta, eggs, toast, dips, or chicken. Her 9-year-old son Elijah Joseph dubbed an 11-spice mix — that includes jalapeno, chipotle, cayenne pepper and fennel — the Boom Boom Fire Power Light. It also sells spices in bulk and will offer seasonal spice mixes.
Joseph wanted the shop to have the look of an old mercantile. One vintage piece — a long row of wooden filing cabinets — was said to have once held Hallmark cards. Kitchen knives are in a display case that once held Bitterman candy.
A Hyde Park neighbor of the Josephs donated vintage baseboards that Andrea’s husband, Christian Joseph, used to build a tabletop, the framework for a chalkboard behind the cashier’s stand, and a bookshelf. One decoration, a vintage cash register, will log prices up to $1.90.
Andrea Joseph wraps up purchases in brown paper with twine.
Season + Square is currently open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is closed Sunday and Monday.Quick bites
• Jean Rhodes had longed joked that she would open a hot dog cart when she retired.
She recently retired and opened a hot dogshop
Kansas City Hotdog Emporium Coffee Shop in the Oak Tower office building at 324 E. 11th St., Suite 102. Along with hot dogs, the menu includes sandwiches like the pot roast, the pulled pork, the “Pilgrim” (fresh cut roasted turkey smothered in gravy and topped with cranberry chutney and arugula), egg salad, tuna salad and Sloppy Joes.
• Minsky’s Pizza has opened in the Raymore Market Center, 812 W. Foxwood Drive, Raymore. It is the 15th area restaurant for the Kansas City-based company.
• The southwest corner of 39th Street and Southwest Trafficway will soon be home to more commercial tenants.
The owner of the complex is opening up the west side of the building at 809 W. 39th St. Up to five new storefronts will be available in the renovated section with entryways facing the parking lot. The renovation is scheduled to be completed by May.