Ramen Bushi-Do Restaurant Review — Issaquah

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.

Tonkotsu Miso Ramen Bushi-Do Issaquah Tofu

Tonkotsu Miso Ramen Bushi-Do Issaquah Tofu

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?

Tonkotsu Miso Ramen Bushi-Do Issaquah

Tonkotsu Miso Ramen Bushi-Do Issaquah

Tonkotsu Miso Ramen Bushi-Do Issaquah Chili sauce

Tonkotsu Miso Ramen Bushi-Do Issaquah Chili sauce

Mirchi Indian Restaurant Review – Issaquah, WA

Mirchi Indian Restaurant Issaquah
Mirchi Indian Restaurant Issaquah

Mirchi Indian Restaurant Issaquah

Mirchi Indian Restaurant Issaquah

Mirchi Indian Restaurant Issaquah

There’s a new Indian Restaurant in Issaquah — Mirchi Indian Restaurant.  We had lunch there recently and it was delicious!  It is located right next to Taco Time on your way to Costco.  The entrance is confusing as there are many doors into the restaurant.  Mainly it is frequented by Indian families, so it must be good, rigfht?   Once we were settled into our booth, we ordered hot chai and 2 Samosas to start.  Samosas are turn-over type of appetizer that are filled with potatoes and other veggies sauteed in light curry sauce.  It was served with 2 great sauces.  Then, we ordered Chicken Tikka Masala, Garlic Naan, and Vegetable Biryani.  It was filling, satisfying and delicious.  Tikka Masala was just as you would expect, rich and creamy.  They also have Butter Chicken if you prefer that.  Veggie Biryani was also delicious, lightly spicy and served with curry sauce and yogurt.  I also enjoyed the red onions served with the Biryani.

Their lunch specials which comes with Naan sounded good for weekdays.  I am so glad that there is a good Indian restaurant near by and we don’t always have to drive all the way to Renton for Naan ‘n’ Curry.

  • Mirchi Indian Cafe
  • 5625 221st Pl SE
    Ste 100
    Issaquah, WA 98027

    b/t 56th St & 60th St

  • Phone number(425) 651-4344

Update: 12/18/15

We visited Mirchi Indian Cafe again.  This time we tried the Dosa (big pancake like dough) and had the mango lassi and Tikka Masala again.  Mango Lassi is pre-made, not bad, my son finished it.

Dosa Mirchi Issaquah

Dosa Mirchi Issaquah

The husband did not like Mirchi as much as Tikka Masala on Gilman.  He said the food got cold right away.  I think they don’t heat the serving plates before adding food.  We did not like the Dosa, too greasy for our taste.  I would still return for the lunch special though.  I will have it to go and heat it at home.  This is still a fairly new restaurant and I’m not sure if the owners operated a restaurant before.  Two times in a row, we had to wait to get seated for a long time before anyone noticed.  This happened to each customer as we were seated.  I do like the separate take out counter though.  Not a perfect restaurant, but worth a try in Issaquah.