Kiwami Ramen, don’t go!

If you’ve been keeping up with my blogs over the past several years, you know how much I love noodle dishes, particularly ramen.

And I’ve been particularly devastated by the closing of two of my all-time favorite ramen shops: Taishoken Ramen on Keeaumoku Street and Raraya Ramen on King Street.

Since then, I haven’t found anywhere that makes a good tsukemen, or ramen where the noodles and broth come separately and you have to dip the noodles into the hot dashi.

Until Tuesday night, where I finally — finally! — made it to Kiwami Ramen in Waikiki.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “How can a self-described ramen lover NOT been to Kiwami?”

Easy. I’m lazy.

I had heard all about it from die-hard Kiwami fans — some of whom have been trying to get me to go with them for months now — and I kept putting it off. I figured I can always go.

Well, that’s not the case.

The little ramen shop in the food court on the bottom floor of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza is closing in December. And word is it’s not going to re-open.

So yet another ramen-ya — and easily my favorite of the moment — will shut its doors.

What a colossal bummer.

So I have a new plan: eat there as often as I possibly can. Like tomorrow. And you should, too.

Kiwami Ramen

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Kiwami Ramen is located on the bottom floor of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza. While it's been a long-time favorite of ramen fans and Waikiki workers, it's sadly going to close next month.

Kiwami Ramen, Waikiki Shopping Plaza, 2250 Kalakaua Ave. Hours: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. daily. Phone: (808) 924-6744

Special thanks to Brandon Suyeoka for “forcing” me to finally eat there and to Ed Sugimoto for “sponsoring” my meal. You guys rock!

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7 Responses to “Kiwami Ramen, don’t go!”

  1. David Jackson November 15, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    Yummy. I’ve seen that place but never checked it out. Is it really going away? Bet it is excellent… looks excellent.

    • Catherine Toth November 16, 2012 at 10:42 am #

      It’s SO good. So sad it’s closing, though. And no plans to reopen, either.

  2. M November 15, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    What? I never been there so I better get my a$$ over there.

    • Catherine Toth November 16, 2012 at 10:41 am #

      Yes, you should! I’m heading there this weekend — again!

  3. Annoddah Dave November 15, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    CAT: are you like the “kiss of death” for ramen shops?

  4. MC December 18, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    You should probably rephrase that title… It sounds like you’re warning folks not to go to this place.

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