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一蘭(道頓堀店屋台館) Ichiran Dotonbori Yataikan

  • Ramen (Chinese Noodles) Maze Soba
  • Minami (Shinsaibashi / Nanba) Area
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  • Price Rangelunch Average price 1,000JPY、dinner Average price 1,000JPY
  • ClosedOpen every day

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Minami (Shinsaibashi / Nanba) Area
1-4-16 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 542-0071, Japan
  • Ramen (Chinese Noodles)
  • Maze Soba
Opening Hours
Open every day
Price Range
lunch Average price 1,000JPY、dinner Average price 1,000JPY
Date of post:2016/10/27

The Best Ramen, here is why

I didn’t like Ramen, but now I can’t stop thinking about it. Yes, the Ichiran Tonkotsu Ramen. I had it last Sunday, so it’s been 5 days and I’m still thinking about it. I used to say I don’t eat Ramen, but now I am a big fan of Ichiran myself.

The question is: What is so special about Ichiran? What makes them so different from many other competitors in this phenomenon I call “The Global Ramen Madness”? Well, the answer is, they take Ramen more seriously than any other competitors they offer their Ramen in 12000 variations based on your preference. No wonder why it’s so good! You can customize your Ramen to fit your taste!

There are two Ichiran Ramen shops in Dotonbori at this point. I recommend the one with the tables as well as the renowned “Tasting Focusing Counter” seats. This Ichiran is right in the popular Dotonbori area and close to the Glico-Man neon sign, which everyone uses as a landmark.

Here is the direction. It’s just 4 minutes from the nearest subway exit. You take Osaka subway to Namba station. Take Exit #14 and go up the stairs. Once you go up to the ground level, make a U-turn and go north. Then, turn right on the popular Dotonbori Street with all the unique restaurant signs. Go straight and make another right on the 3rd big street. There, you will find the big sign of Ichiran Dotonbori Yataikan on your left side.

There is a long line constantly, so I recommend going there for midnight bite rather than for dinner or lunch if you’re planning to stay in the area. After midnight, there was no line. Well, at least when I went… Once you go inside, the staff will guide you to the ticket vending machine. You buy the tickets there and go up on the elevator. I went there after midnight on purpose to avoid the waiting and the “Tasting Focus Counter” was closed, so I was guided to the floor with the tables.

Here is what I ordered: Tonkotsu Ramen 790JPY, half-boiled egg 120JPY, Extra Pork Slices 180JPY and the black vinegar 80JPY. As soon as I sat at my table, the staff brought me a glass of water and told me to fill out the taste-customizing order form with seven categories: Saltiness, Richness, Garlic, Scallion, Pork Slices, Secret Chili Sauce and noodle firmness. I chose: Less salty, No richness, No garlic, White scallion, Yes pork slices, Half Secret Chili Sauce and Harder noodle.

I was expecting the strong MSG tasting soup as I previously had it in Roppongi Tokyo almost ten years ago. To my surprise, my first sip of the soup was totally different from what I expected. It tasted like Non MSG tonkotsu soup. I couldn’t believe what I tasted. It was tonkotsu soup (tonkotsu means Pork Bones) but it didn’t have the strong smell at all. It wasn’t too salty either and most importantly, I didn’t taste the strong monotonous umami of MSG that numbs my taste buds. The latter half of the bowl, I added the black vinegar. It added the nice twist to the soup and made it refreshing. Everything was just so good.

Next thing I realize, I was finishing the whole bowl and realized there is a saying on the bottom of the Ramen bowl. It reads as, “This last drop brings the ultimate joy.” Wow! It sure did to me… Now, I have a new joy in my life called Ichiran Ramen.

If you are planning to go to Japan and are not really a big fan of Ramen like I was, I recommend you try it once. It may change your idea about Ramen. It’s worth the long line.

This is a restaurant chain that has 5 restaurants in Osaka and 54 restaurants in Japan.

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