An authentic ramen restaurant finally opened in Bellevue. Growing up on the eastside (Bellevue) and going to school at Newport High School, it’s about time we’re finally seeing some non-chainy type restaurants.
The restaurant has been officially open for 2 weeks now and has already grew in popularity and has formed lines out the door. The original idea was started by co-franchisees Nuri Ayindel and Brandon Ting from the love of the Kukai ramen as they found something very special for its thin, salty tonkotsu gyoukai broth and chilled tsukemen dishes. After many conversations, the business was established.
“We are passionate about our ramen. Our philosophy is to serve the most traditional, authentic and delicious Japanese ramen that you can possibly have without actually flying to Japan. Come slurp a bowl and join us in our passion.” —Owners
The restaurant is situated in an area with ample parking but getting a seat will require some patience. With it’s recent launch, locals and ramen fanatics have lined up out the door to try the authentic Japanese noodles for themselves. After getting inside, the restaurant went with an open concept kitchen as guests can look straight into chefs prepping and cooking the dishes.
Overall, an amazing restaurant that lives up to the hype and is worth waiting for. Ingredients are fresh, dishes taste authentic, clean decor and great service.
The KuKai Chicken Wings ($6.50) is another great dish to try as it’s cooked perfectly and soaked in a tangy, vinegar sauce that’s not overpowering and lightly coated. The wings are large in size, crispy, and go perfectly without any sauce.