Ramen is all the rage recently. In 2012, Seattle had 3 or 4 ramen places and they were good. Now we are spoiled for choice. Here is our list of awesome ramen places on the Eastside :
Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya Bar
by Angeline O.
Who loves themselves a bowl of good ramen will have to give this a try! The gruelling hours spent simmering the bones, occasionally skimming foam and excess fat obtains a clear, thick and rich broth makes the load of difference in the world of ramen.
We ordered Garlic Tonkatsu Shoyu Ramen, Spicy Ramen, Fried Chicken wings and Mochi Ice Cream. Ramen came with Ajiysuke Tamago (soft-boiled egg with runny yolk) but they probably have to work on their skills more because the yolk was only half-runny. Checkout my video of the restaurant right here.
We love the chicken wings! The meat was juicy and tender. Marinate was done perfectly, I could taste the garlicky-citrusy aroma with every bite. A plate came with 5 mid-wings and cost $6.50. I think the wings shrunk in size compared to the previous times we visited. For more fried chicken reviews, check out this post.
Our bill came up to 40 bucks including tax and tips. The next time we would probably order an additional serving of noodles because we are a family with growing kids and growing appetite. We will not order mochi ice cream again since it was nothing spectacular and tasted similar to the ones we get off the shelves.
by Shu K.
We love Jinya. We love the broth. The thick, creamy, artery clogging goodness that is achieved by hours and hours and hours of simmering pork bones. We will branch out and try the different items on the menu but we always come back to this : the Tonkotsu Black with thick noodles. We like the thick noodles more than the thin (although Kizuki’s noodles may be a tad better and chewier than Jinya’s) and we always add on more FREE crushed garlic topping. The garlic cloves come in a little container, sitting in water with a garlic crusher. We add 3 to 4 cloves of garlic per bowl of noodles. Yeah…this may not be the best first date meal but it sure is delicious! It is a pretty decent sized bowl and at $12.80 a bowl, it is a tad pricey for a bowl of noodles but pretty par in terms of prices as compared to the other joints in the area. Kids have 1 option, and it is delicious. It is a big portion and T1 and T2 usually share this. It comes with a little bowl of chicken ramen with spinach and corn, a few pieces of karage chicken, orange slices, rice, fries, a lollipop and panna cotta or mocha ice cream for $8.50! We also like to order sides like the crispy chicken ( yummy!), brussel sprouts tempura, and caramelized cauliflower. We tried the nasu miso once but that was really salty.
There is ample parking but not ample seating. It is a cute ramen joint, but at peak hours(e.g. Friday night dinner), the wait can be long. If you come with a big group…it is even worse. We tend to visit Jinya with my parents so we are a party of 7. To avoid the wait, we will do a really early dinner at 5:30 on a weekday to avoid the dinner rush.
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
By Angeline O.
We lived in Downtown Bellevue for awhile and this was one of our weekly staple -Tokusen Toroniku Ramen (Black Pork Cheek) & Spicy Miso Ramen. Their black pork cheek is da best in town! Flavorful and tender. Melt-in-your-mouth fats. Oh yes! So so so good. That is my usual order. Makes me hungry thinking about it.
Today we decided to try out something different, their combo Shiyake Ikura Gohan Combo and Cha Shu Gohan Combo. This works out really well because you get a combination of noodles and rice so if you have a picky eater in the house then everyone is satisfied! There is a choice of your favourite type of soup base for the ramen ie. shoyu, miso, shoyu, kara etc. You can also choose to have either a salad or an Ajiysuke Tamago (soft-boiled egg with runny yolk) as a side.
We enjoyed our meal and even had an upsize for kara miso. We were full to the brim and barely managed to finish up everything for 2 adults and an almost 3 year old. I will always be eyeing the Tokusen Toroniku Ramen but will probably order that when my kiddo grows older and has the ability to finish a bowl of ramen on her own.