Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya

Restaurants, Japanese Wicker Park
4 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)

The sole Chicago outpost of Japanese chain Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya focuses on variety and customization in their steaming bowls of noodles. You'll find shio, shoyu, miso, chicken and even tsukemen dipping noodles on the menu, all available with regular or low-sodium broths and an assortment of toppings. If a bowl of noodles is too intimidating, try the octopus dumplings and croquettes from the Izakaya menu or take a seat at the bar and sample the saki selection.

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Venue name: Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya
Contact:
Address: 1482 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago
60622
Cross street: corner of North Honore and North Milwaukee Avenue
Opening hours: Mon–Thu: 11:30am–2:30pm, 5–9:30pm; Fri, Sat: 11:30am–midnight; Sun: 11:30am–9:30pm
Price: $30 and under
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Average User Rating

3.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
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Tastemaker

I was on my way to Furious Spoon when I decided to live on the wild side, and try a different place for Ramen. I have been all over the city to a dozen or so ramen shops, and I was very disappointed in both the service, and the food. 


For starters, I ordered the vegetable tempura which was underdone and soggy both times the first time, and when I asked for it to be remade. Also, the sauce that it came with was 90% water and 10% soy sauce, so I had to add a bunch of soy sauce to it to add any semblance of flavor to it. After I asked for it to be remade, I just gave up and ate the two or three pieces that were not soggy, and wrote it off as bad tempura. For my meal, I got the Garlic Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen. The broth was a bit on the salty side even for Tonkotsu, and the egg was hard boiled rather than still having a runny yolk when you break it open. 


From a service perspective, I ate when I was virtually the only one in the shop, and I still had a very inattentive server who was always within eyeshot, but who didn't check on how anything was. 

tastemaker

With the abundance of ramen shops in Chicago, you need to be excellent to stand out in the city! On the same 2 block radius of 3 ramen restaurants in Wicker Park, the swanky Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya was somewhat successful in making their mark. The interior is gorgeous with great lighting, decor, and seating arrangement. The vegetarian ramen was a hearty and creamy mushroom broth with plenty of vegetables and perfectly cooked egg. We also started off with some vegetable tempura, which had some delicious squash and sweet potato. Unfortunately the messy and unorganized staff brings this down a couple stars! We waited an uncomfortable amount of time after seating before anyone even noticed or talked to us. We flagged down a server for a drink menu and were told our waiter was coming. When a different server arrived (not the one pointed out to us) we were quickly rushed through ordering with hardly an introduction. Then yet another server came over and asked if wanted dessert, even though we had yet to receive our ramen. There seems to be a lack of communication here.


Love the Garlic Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen there! and their Chicago #1 Yuzu Shio Ramen!