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Restaurant #2850: Shibu Ramen – Spicy Garlic Tonkotsu – Kirkland, Washington

Restaurant #2761: Shibu Ramen - Kirkland, Washington

We were lucky to have my wife’s Aunt com eover and watch the kids – had a little last minute Christmas shopping and were going out to dinner. The next day was the aniiversary of the first time we met each other and We agreed to try Shibu Ramen in Juanita.

Shibu Ramen – Kirkland, Washington

Restaurant #2761: Shibu Ramen - Kirkland, Washington

The front of the menu (click to enlarge).

Restaurant #2761: Shibu Ramen - Kirkland, Washington

Back of the menu (click to enlarge). After I looked on yelp, I thought the Shibu Tacos sounded like a winner. My wife picked the fried chicken wings. We ordered Thai Teas and for ramen, I had the Spicy Garlic Tonkotsu, my wife the Shoyu.

Restaurant #2761: Shibu Ramen - Kirkland, Washington

As big proponents of Thai Tea, we were a little disappointed; it wasn’t very sweet in comparison to most and just was so-so.

Restaurant #2761: Shibu Ramen - Kirkland, Washington

Here are the Shibu Tacos (click to enlarge). These were quite good – very savory and definitely worth the raves they got on yelp. We both enjoyed these a lot.

Restaurant #2761: Shibu Ramen - Kirkland, Washington

The fried chicken wings were excellent as well – crisp on the outside and very moist on the inside and not greasy.

Restaurant #2761: Shibu Ramen - Kirkland, Washington

My wife’s shoyu (click to enlarge).

Restaurant #2761: Shibu Ramen - Kirkland, Washington

My spicy garlic tonkotsu (click to enlarge). Ordered Thai tea, Shibu tacos, chicken wings, spicy garlic tonkotsu for myself and shoyu for my wife. Thai tea was alright, but could have been a little sweeter. The Shibu tacos were really good – street taco with fresh veggies and meat. The fried chicken wings were great – crisp with juicy innards. Then the ramen arrived. The first word that comes to mind is haphazard. The noodles were the right gauge, but didn’t have that floury character to them. The broth was so full of black garlic that it was ultra bitter and the creamy happiness that is tonkotsu was all but masked. The egg was soft boiled, but not marinated and yolks were on the more congealed end of the stick. Chashu was almost definitely Yangtze BBQ pork {the kind you find in American Chinese restaurants with the hot mustard and ketchup). Menma was alright and I was happy with the presence of mung bean sprouts. The bowl altogether just didn’t coalesce into something unique, special, authentic or interesting. My wife’s shoyu was the same way except the broth was on the weak side. We probably won’t be back, however in going to try all the regional places so probably not going to do a return visit to anywhere anytime soon. If I were to return I’d skip the ramen and have the tacos. For the ramen, 2.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Our receipt.

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.