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Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya – Shio Ramen – Bellevue Square

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

Thanks as always to Aunt Cindy for watching our rugrats and giving us an fternoon out ! It’s been awhile – last time we had an outing just us was around review #2761 – another ramen restaurant – in December! Further back we went to Hokkaido Santouka in Bellevue, WA and people there as well as at the mall mentioned this Kizuki place. So this time we thought we’d give it a try.

Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya – Shio Ramen – Bellevue Square – United States

575 Bellevue Way NE Space 252, Bellevue, WA. 98004
Phone: 425-454-0885
Email: [email protected]
Monday – Saturday : 9:30am – 9:00pm
Sunday : 9:30am – 7:00pm
Thanksgiving: Closed
Christmas Eve: 11am – 6:00pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Menu

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

We noticed a lot of people outside the place as we walked by to look at some other things at the mall before going to lunch. Well, when we decided to go over there, there were a couple people still waiting inside the doorway that are pictured here – about a half hour later. Our wait time was around 45 minutes. Kind of lame – but then again what do you do. What kind of sucked too was that on the sheet you sign your name on, there’s a box you can check as to whether you want to sit at the bar or iat a table. So they call our name and say that there are two spots at the bar we could sit at – well, my wife checked the box saying we wanted to sit at a table. So we goty to wait a little longer. I mean, I get it – some people might be like ‘screw it we’ll sit at the bar,’ but we wanted a table.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

Here’s where the magic happens (click to enlarge).

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

Here’s another view. The artwork and look of the place was very nice. I will say that I find it kind of funny how every one we’ve been to so far is more like a bar atmosphere – very subdued lighting Eat your soup in the dark, haha! But actually it’s kind of nice.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

To start, we tried the agedashi tofu (click to enlarge). I had this at another place a long time ago and I liked it better. However, this was really nice. Tofu with just the lightest crunch to the outside and a nice dashi  sauce around it – very tasty.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

This caught my eye when I looked at the menu online – prawn cutlet (click to enlarge). Basically these were breaded and fried and had very nice and moist prawn innards with a bit of sauce on the outisde. Definitely worth trying.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

Finally, the chashu pork bun (click to enlarge). I was really excited about this however it seemed a bit of a letdown. The thing didn’t stay together very well for one. I felt like it was one of those things just made for Westerners. I mean it was alright but just expected something a little different even though it looks exactly as it did in the menu image. Mayonnaise tonkatsu sauce and hot mustard on there.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

Kit got the pork chashu don (click to enlarge). with an egg. She liked it except for the seaweed which I took on for her.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

I went for the Shio ramen (click to enlarge). I got an egg and extra fishcake as well. I liked it – the chashu was nice although wish it were just a little thicker. Lot sof vegetable on this one – a lot of cabbage which was kind of a surprise. Menma was good with a nice crunch to it. Noodles wre alright – definitely had better since I started this journey into trying restaurants around here. The broth was quite nice – not overly anything – just right.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

Oil dancing at the top.

Restaurant: #2848: Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya - Shio Ramen - Bellevue Square

The egg was very good – as far as being marinated, it could have used a little more time. In conclusion, I was very happy with our experience. The ramen was just right and exactly what I was in the mood for, and the izakaya was for the most part very good. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Time lapse of a Kisuki Ramen being built somewhere.

#2841: Nissin Ramen Shop Asahikawa Shoyu Ramen

#2841: Nissin Ramen Shop Asahikawa Shoyu Ramen

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘Asahikawa, a city in Hokkaido, is famous for its ‘ramen village’ and has its own regional ramen like many other cities in Japan. You don’t have to fly all the way to this old city in winter because Asahikawa will come to your warm, cozy home with this tasty version of shoyu ramen.’ Sounds interesting – let’s hit it!

Nissin Ramen Shop Asahikawa Shoyu Ramen – Japan

#2841: Nissin Ramen Shop Asahikawa Shoyu Ramen

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge).  Contains chicken and pork. To prepare, add 360ml boiling water and dry sachet. Cover for 5 minutes. Add in liquid base sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2841: Nissin Ramen Shop Asahikawa Shoyu Ramen

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2841: Nissin Ramen Shop Asahikawa Shoyu Ramen

The noodle block.

#2841: Nissin Ramen Shop Asahikawa Shoyu Ramen

Loose bits from inside the bowl.

#2841: Nissin Ramen Shop Asahikawa Shoyu Ramen

The dry base sachet.

#2841: Nissin Ramen Shop Asahikawa Shoyu Ramen

A light powder.

#2841: Nissin Ramen Shop Asahikawa Shoyu Ramen

A liquid base sachet.

#2841: Nissin Ramen Shop Asahikawa Shoyu Ramen

An interesting mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added chashu pork, spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, hard boiled egg, and shichimi togartashi. The noodles were alright although nothing fantastic. The broth has a kind of over-soy kind of taste to them I disliked. The inclusion of the bits of scrambled egg was nice at least. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105245026.

Nissin Instant Cup Ramen Santouka Ramen with Asahikawa Pork Bone Based Soup(Set of 4)

A TV spot for Chikin Ramen!

#914: Nissin Ramen Shop Sapporo Miso Flavor

Here’s something I picked up at the Bellevue Uwajimaya. So this is Sapporo miso flavor. What’s that? Here’s what Wikipedia says:

Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, is especially famous for its ramen. Most people in Japan associate Sapporo with its rich miso ramen, which was invented there and which is ideal for Hokkaido’s harsh, snowy winters. Sapporo miso ramen is typically topped with sweetcorn, butter, bean sprouts, finely chopped pork, and garlic, and sometimes local seafood such as scallop, squid, and crab. Hakodate,[8] another city of Hokkaidō, is famous for its salt flavored ramen, while Asahikawa,[9] in the north of the island, offers soy sauce flavored ones.

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).

The noodle block. The noodles seems kind of hollow perhaps. A little wider than Nissin Demae Ramen.

The seasoning powder.

The powder has a nice taste to it; kind of hard to describe… Salty and soy?

This little packet…

Looks like chili powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). I tried to make it as close to traditional Sapporo miso ramen as I could. Added sweet corn, kizami shoga (pickled ginger), ham, butter, sweet onions, stir-fry vegetables ands Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are great – thicker and very nice chewiness. The broth is nice as well – a deep, rich miso taste. This is some good stuff! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4902105113783

Nissin Ramen Shop commercial.

Here’s another one.