Kokuban
Japanese food for all

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The great Ramen-place Yamato on Place Boniface introduced me to Japanese Ramen. Unfortunately it closed down a while ago leaving us, as regular costumers, hunting for a new place. After eating at Menma (post to follow) near the Cimitière d’Ixelles I tried out a new place: Kokuban. This Japenese restaurant is only for those who do their homework: It is tucked away in Ixelles, just a short walk away from Place Flagey.

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I had seen their menu online and was looking forward to this place all day. Unlike small Ramen-Bars (such as Yamato and Menma) this is a big restaurant with a large menu. Not always a good thing for me, as it takes me a while to order.

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My friend and I were quick on choosing the starters. I had to have the seaweed-salad. I am addicted to this stuff! We also went for Edamame and you can’t really go to a Japanese restaurant without having Gyozas.

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Choosing a main course – a soup – was rather difficult. I was feeling adventurous. I went for the Soba-Noodles in a fish soup, while my friend had a more classic Ramen. The food was delicious, fresh and greatly composed. Mine had the softest fried tofu in it, fish, noodles and Shitake mushrooms.

It was a great change, however, next time I will go for a more classic dish. If you don’t like the soups there also are plenty of other dishes i.e fish and even some salads.

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We were full – we couldn’t even finish the soups -, but my friend insisted on dessert as she loves the little icecream-dough-balls. The green tea flavour was fantastic!

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This restaurant is only open in the evenings. No reservations are possible here. It is good to get to Kokuban before 8pm.

Rue Vilain XIIII 53-55, Brussels // www.kokuban.be