Ichiran ramen | Kyoto

Ichiran Kyoto entrance
Ichiran Kyoto entrance

We decided to go to Ichiran Ramen in Kyoto due to the good reviews we found online about their food … but then, what a curious surprise we had after ordering our meal!

As like many restaurants in Japan, you place your order in a vending machine at the entrance and after getting your tickets someone takes you inside to your designed seats. But here we’re surprised by a private little booth, only for you!

Next, you hand over your tickets through a little window to another waiter, that later will use the same window to bring your food, then finally close it to keep your privacy while you fill up your belly with a delicious ramen and make as-awkward-as-you-want noises while drinking your broth. 😛

Is this awesome or what?!

The cozy area where you eat + my selected preferences for the ramen.
The cozy area where you eat + my selected preferences for the ramen.

Another cool thing is that you can customise your ramen according to your taste. Add more or less garlic, red sauce, green onion and even the noodle texture is a choice! This sheet above is available at the entrance (close to the vending machine where you order) or on your small table.

The cozy area where you eat.
The cozy area where you eat.

My order

Both of us picked the same dish as you can see below:

  • Regular ramen with sliced pork, green onion, extra garlic and red sauce.
  • Extra serving of pork.
Ichiran ramen bowl.
Regular ramen with sliced pork, green onion, extra garlic and red sauce.
Extra pork serve.
Extra pork.

In case you run out of noodles, an extra serving is available to be ordered at any time, the same for sliced pork.

The ramen itself is delicious, broth deep in flavour and noodles were yummy. About the pork, it was just OK I’d say (had better ones in Kyoto). However, the portion is more generous than at other places.

The verdict

I totally recommend this place. The food is delicious, ridiculously cheap, and the experience unforgivable!

I’ve been to one in Kyoto and another in Osaka, both good quality food. Be aware this place gets very, very busy at peak hours, so I suggest you getting there earlier for the best experience. 🙂

About the English: English menu available and staff can communicate in English.

Bill: $970 Yen (A$11.60) – amount for 1 serving of ramen and extra pork, no drinks.

Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/tgoBechP2Hu

More information: http://www.ichiran.co.jp/english/html/kin_kyoto.html

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