International ramen sensation Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya opened its fifth Seattle-area restaurant last week at Southcenter Mall. The chain, a member of Eater’s Eight Elite Ramen Restaurants map, is hot off a summer opening of its West Seattle location.
The new restaurant looks and feels similar to the company’s other locations. The menu offers several different types of ramen, including shio and shoyu ramen and the popular garlic tonkotsu shoyu ramen. There is a menu of toppings like bamboo shoots, corn, fish cakes, and more, plus a selection of izakaya, or small plates, including chicken wings, gyoza, and edamame. Should ramen not be your thing, there are four rice bowls as well. On the drinks side, there's a selection of beer, wine, and cocktails, plus shochu, a Japanese distilled beverage made, in this case, from barley.
The company's first restaurant opened in 2002 in Tokyo, and the first U.S. branch opened in 2012 in Bellevue. There are also locations in Northgate, Capitol Hill, and Olympia.
Southcenter seems to be on a restaurant winning streak lately, with the recent addition of Taiwanese-based chain 85°C Bakery Café continuing to draw long lines after its opening last month. The mall is also anticipating the coming of its Din Tai Fung location any day now.