Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya

Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya has several locations. This blog post covers the spot on NW Cedar Falls Drive in Beaverton, Oregon. As a note, Kizuki was formerly known as Kukai Ramen and Izakaya.

I had dinner with a friend on a weeknight, and naturally the place was slammed. The wait was about 20-25 minutes.

The menu has several types of ramen and about a dozen side dishes/appetizers. While the beer selection is limited to Asahi and Sapporo, they tout a few cocktails and sake/whiskey flights instead.

As for sake, I decided on the Kukai Flight ($8). I enjoyed the Fukucho Junmai Gingo the most, as it was the fruitiest and smoothest of the three. The Suijin Super Dry was also great, and the Momokawa Nigori had a unique creamy white look. I don't dabble in sake very often, but it's good stuff.

Being extra hungry on this occasion, I went for the gusto on side dishes.

My favorite side was undoubtedly the Takoyaki Octopus Dumplings ($5), complete with the "dancing" bonito flakes. The pork gyoza ($4.50) were good but in my book could have spent just a tad longer in the fryer. Lastly, the Japanese Pork Bun ($4) was fine, nothing too special. The bun is served with choice of Chinese mustard, mayo, and/or hoisin sauce on the side.

My friend enjoyed her Chilled Tofu ($3.50), but I was too preoccupied with my feast and didn't try the tofu. Naturally, I still snapped a photo.

The Garlic Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen ($12) is their signature, but I clearly couldn't pass up anything with the word "spicy" on it. The Spicy Ramen ($11) has a rick pork broth containing chiles, garlic, and spices. I got the low sodium option, as I had loaded up on a few side dishes. No need to ask, I got their spiciest option.

Excellent noodles, cooked perfectly. Satisfying and hearty broth, with a bit of spice. I wasn't shy on using shichimi to liven things up even more.

Very good service here, especially given the packed house. The friendly staff quickly tracked me down after the meal, as I had nearly forgotten my glasses there.

I will surely be back to try that signature Garlic Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen. Kizuki is an awesome ramen place to check out in the Beaverton area. I'll be back at some point. 8.5/10

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