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Japanese ramen chain to open store in Bellevue

Kukai / Kookai opening their first US store in Bellevue.

http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/voraci...

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  1. Have you been to one of their branches? Respectable?

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    1. re: GreenYoshi

      I remember having it years ago. Though when you're there, it's hard to find "bad" food when you follow the crowds. Who knows how it'll all translate once it gets over here.

    2. Thanks for sharing this! Looking forward to trying it out whenever it opens.

      1. i am looking forward to this! thanks for the heads up.

        1. This chain is all over Tokyo, and is quite highly regarded. Should be good, I suppose, since you are not likely to have much in the way of authentic Japanese ramen.

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          1. re: Tripeler

            Just got back from Japan, where we LOVED Ippudo's ramen. Ippudo is in NY; sure wish they'd open a branch here. Hopefully this will be as good.

          2. looks like they are open.?
            no reviews, no pictures. only basic info up on yelp.

            http://www.yelp.com/biz/kukai-ramen-a...

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            1. re: ritabwh

              Naw, not open yet. Jist went by and they're still doing a lot of work on the interior. Probably at least a few weeks away from opening.

              1. re: ritabwh

                Their Facebook says mid-December. Which probably means late January.

                1. re: HungWeiLo

                  well darn. but i guess i'd rather navigate downtown bellevue in january than in december. btw, i can barely read what i am typing.
                  :-(

                  1. re: ritabwh

                    Well, it's not in Downtown, it's by Szechuan Chef and the new Wal-Mart near Kelsey Creek/Lake Hills.

                    1. re: ritabwh

                      No kidding. I live 2 miles away from Bellevue Square and it's actually faster for me to hop onto 520 and go to downtown Seattle instead on some nights.

                      But yeah, as mentioned, they're in Kelsey Creek. Though the 148th traffic does backup quite badly around commute time.

                      1. re: HungWeiLo

                        thanks everyone for the heads up on the location. i used to commute to bellevue square for over 4 years, but never ventured much further out from that area. i am looking forward to this, but it will be in january.
                        please report back, do they make the noodles in-house?

                    2. re: HungWeiLo

                      called them last night and they picked up. The lady said they will be opening on Dec 20th. Along with the regular broths they will also be featuring a Yuzu-Shio broth that i'm excited to try.

                      1. re: shaolinLFE

                        Thanks for the update. That yuzu-shio broth sounds good. Does anyone know if yuzu is available in the Seattle/Bellevue area?

                        1. re: PAO

                          i am suren uwajimaya in bellevue and seattle should carry it.
                          also try ranch 99 market as well as most korean groceries.
                          the last bottle i purchased as at ranch 99 in shoreline.
                          hope this helps.