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Coco Ramen & Curry Bar: delectable noodles in Bellevue

With the ramen rage is full swing, Bellevue’s Coco Ramen & Curry Bar offers affordable, delectable variations.


Seattle Times staff reporter

Coco Ramen & Curry Bar

Asian

120 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; 425-454-0588

Hours: Monday -Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-9 p.m.

Etc: Most credit cards; no obstacle to access; no beer and wine; parking lot.

Prices: $

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The ramen rage has come a long way since the instant cup version hit America’s grocery shelves in the 1970s, and eateries geared toward this slurp-a-licious Japanese comfort food are becoming a popular trend.

The latest aiming at grabbing a piece of the “ramen pie” is Coco Ramen & Curry Bar, which resides on one of the busiest corners in downtown Bellevue.

There is no shortage of ingredients in each large bowl — including vegetables, and a choice of seafood, beef, pork or chicken. Other add-ons are nori (roasted seaweed), scallions, enoki mushrooms, shallots, bean sprouts, tofu and half of a soft-boiled egg.

The menu: Choose from 17 varieties of ramen ($7.99 to $9.99) including some unique versions steering away from the norm like the spicy volcano kimchee; ma-bo (ground chicken and tofu); Sara (crispy noodles with mixed seafood); and chanpon (spicy mixed seafood) ramen.

If noodles aren’t your cup of soup, then be sure to try the hearty 12 varieties of curry and rice dishes ($7.99 to $9.99). Other alternatives include a tempura udon ($9.84) and “gyu don,” a beef rice bowl ($9.84).

Side orders are a six-piece fried-pork dumplings ($3.75); green salad ($2.75); eight-piece gyoza ($4.25); chicken (deep-fried) karaage ($4.25); and gesso (squid) karaage ($4.95).

What to write home about: The chicken katsu curry ($8.99) with carrot slices came layered with two deep-fried panko breaded chicken breasts, rice and a slaw.

The bulgogi ramen ($9.99) was loaded with diced sukiyaki meat, cabbage, tofu, enoki mushrooms and scallions.

The spicy beef ramen ($8.99) came with braised beef brisket, bean sprouts, roasted seaweed, scallions and half a soft-boiled egg.

The setting: The roomy dining area has 20-plus tables and ample seating, plus seven outdoor tables and chairs.

Summing up: Four of us ordered the spicy beef ramen ($8.99), bulgogi ramen ($9.99), chanpon ramen ($9.99), chicken katsu curry ($8.99) and three sodas ($5.25) for $47.31, with tax.

Mark Yuasa: myuasa@seattletimes.com



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