Since starting weekly blogs in 2014, I don’t get much opportunity to make return visits to restaurants. It’s much more exciting to try someplace new than revisit the old.
That doesn’t mean I don’t like the places that I visited in the past. I just have to be more selective with where I go on a weekly basis.
One of the restaurants that I haven’t been able to visit in a long time is Mikura Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar.
I first visited Mikura almost four years ago, not long after it opened in a strip mall along North Park Road in Wyomissing. At the time, I was able to get there for the small weekday lunch buffet. I had enjoyed my meal but never had a chance to return, despite the fact that it’s just a five-minute walk from my house.
So finally, after Julie and I had taken countless walks past the restaurant, we stopped for dinner.
There are two sections to the restaurant. The main dining room and sushi bar are on the left. To the right is the hibachi space (where the lunch buffet was on my visit).
Mikura was actually the second restaurant for the owner of China Penn, and it shows with the extensive menu.
It includes a combination of Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes. It’s great until you have to make a decision.
Thankfully Julie and I had one easy decision: smoothies. (We did walk there so we could afford a few extra calories). I’m not sure why so many Asian restaurants that I’ve visited offer smoothies, but I’m not going to complain about it because we always enjoy them.
Dinner was a harder decision. After looking through everything at least three times, I settled on the Thai Panang curry.
I’m not an expert by any means, but the dish didn’t look like curry to mean. It was very thin in texture and a lot lighter in color than any I have seen before. The lighter color was owing to the coconut milk base, but even Panang curry usually has a reddish brown tint to it.
That’s not to say that it didn’t look appealing in its own way. The chicken, broccoli, snap peas and peppers all looked appetizing, especially with the red chili flakes.
The coconut milk and the chili were definitely the predominant flavors. It was spicy, especially the after taste. I was glad to have my smoothie handy to cool down after every bite.
Julie also went with a Thai-inspired dish, the Thai mango shrimp. The shrimp and mango were stir-fried with snow peas, bell peppers and asparagus in a mango sauce.
All of the ingredients were slathered in a glaze-like sauce, but it was the mango that provided most of the flavor, complimenting the shrimp quite nicely. The vegetables, cooked to al dente, added a crunchy texture.
Both of our entrees were served with a bowl of white rice on the side, which was very helpful in sopping up the runny sauces.
It was a good meal and the service was very quick. We were in and out in less than an hour.
Our smoothies made it a little pricier than it otherwise would have been. The final bill was nearly $40, but $10 of that was the smoothies.
I was glad to finally make a return trip to Mikura. We both enjoyed our meals and look forward to returning again. And with such a large menu, there are plenty more dishes to enjoy.