Respected Japanese chain Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya has opened another Puget Sound-area restaurant, this time in the Tacoma Mall. The new restaurant has the same menu as the company’s other locations, with a variety of ramen styles and izakaya options like chicken wings, edamame, agedeshi tofu, gyoza, and more. Despite being a large chain, Kizuki does ramen well — it’s earned a place on Eater Seattle’s list of 8 Elite Ramen Restaurants in the area.
The restaurant officially opened yesterday at 4502 S. Steele St, Suite 501A, next to Jamba Juice. The chain founded its first area location in Bellevue in 2012, and expanded quickly to Northgate, Capitol Hill, and beyond. Like the other spots, the Tacoma Kizuki serves a variety of ramen, with standouts like garlic tonkotsu shoyu and yuzu shio.
Kizuki was founded as Kukai Ramen and Izakaya, but changed its name in 2016. The reasoning was in part because “kukai” means “poop” in Hawaiian.