And ever since it closed last year, I still frequent the spot, waiting to see if there’s word it will re-open somewhere else.
But last night, something else was in the spot vacated by one of my favorite ramen shops.
Kissaten Ramen — or Japanese Noodle Shop, as it said on the window — had its soft opening yesterday
This is owned by the same folks who run the popular 24-hour Kissaten Cafe near Ala Moana Center. But it’s strictly a ramen shop; don’t expect to find the cafe’s tomato bisque or turkey pesto melt here.
Here’s what our recent dinner looked like:
The noodles weren't the same as Kiwami — though my memory is much more nostalgic and favorable when it comes to food — but the texture was good: tender, a little chewy. The broth wasn't too salty, either. For a soft opening, this was pretty good. But I'm curious to see what else Kissaten will offer. I'll definitely be back!
Kissaten Ramen, 2250 Kalakaua Ave. Suite LL-102, Waikiki.