Excitement built as rumors of a ramen place circulated on Issaquah Highlands Facebook page. I couldn’t make it to the soft opening, so finally got a chance to try Ramen Bushi-Do last weekend. We heard that the owners were from the Dough Zone chain so we knew that the noodles would be tasty. Ramen Bushi-Do is located near Taco Time and Mirchi Indian restaurant on the way to Issaquah Costco.
The decor was clean and modern and service was prompt at seating us. We tried the Tofu, Kaarage (fried chicken bites) Miso-Tonkotsu ramen and Tonkotsu ramen. The tofu was fried and marinated with good texture, served with a side of seaweed salad. Not bad, but nothing to write home about. Karaage was just okay, we missed Kukai’s chicken wings.
Miso-Tonkotsu ramen noodles were thick and good. The broth however was not great, average. The complex, deep flavor of ramen broth is not easily created. Tonkotsu ramen came out late, very late, we were almost done eating when it made an appearance. It was not hot either, ramen needs to be piping hot, not sure what happened. Unlike Kukai Ramen (now Kizuki Ramen) in Bellevue, the soft boiled eggs are included in all ramen. Spicy ramen is not available but you can order the chili sauce on the side for extra $1.50. Price is a couple of dollars higher than Santoku Ramen and Kukai without the great flavors of those establishments.
Final verdict: We will not be going back for their mediocre ramen. For the price, lukewarm temperature, bland pork slices and flavor, it’s not worth it despite the convenient location. Did you try Ramen Bushi-Do in Issaquah yet? What did you think?