Ramen Sen no Kaze | Kyoto

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Ramen Sen no Kaze - entrance
Ramen Sen no Kaze – entrance

I could finish this post right now¬†by simply saying:¬†Ramen Sen no Kaze is THE BEST RAMEN EVER in Kyoto, but I’ll be a nice person and give you some extra information. ūüôā

While planning my trip to Japan, I¬†did some research on the food subject. You know, must-go restaurants, dishes to try and sweets. I’ve also added some places to my itinerary, so I wouldn’t miss them. But something that I can’t believe is HOW ON EARTH there was nothing about this place? Seriously Internet, are you kidding me?

Anyways, Hubby found them while we were there and we decided to give it a try, and what a nice surprise! They have a deep in flavour broth, perfect noodles and GOD, those chashu slices, dear lord they were the best ones on our trip. I believe after cooking, then grill it so you get a nicely and very tasty caramelized slice of pork. YUM!

My order

We had been there 3 times (could have gone more :P) and tried the dishes below:

  • Mine: Yamato no Miso with gyoza – miso-based broth, with veggies, minced pork and spices, topped with three chashu pork slices.
  • Hubby: Kyo no Shio Ramen with gyoza – pork-based broth, topped with three chashu¬†pork slices.
Yamato no Miso with gyoza - miso-based broth, with veggies, minced pork and spices, topped with three chased pork slices.
Yamato no Miso with gyoza – miso-based broth, with veggies, minced pork and spices, topped with three chashu pork slices.
Kyo no Shio Ramen with gyoza - pork-based broth, topped with three chaser pork slices.
Kyo no Shio Ramen with gyoza – pork-based broth, topped with three chashu pork slices.
Gyozas
Gyoza side

You can have only the ramen bowl (which is cheaper) or with a side of gyoza or rice. We got the gyoza¬†one and it was delicious! Gee, I’m mouthwatering seeing these photos¬†again. Don’t they look perfect?

The verdict

This is a MUST GO place. Do not dare to leave Kyoto without going there, I’ll never forgive you!¬†Ah, a good thing to remember is that this is a very small place so lines can get huge. I would go around 6pm or be prepared to wait. We once arrived there around 7 and waited for at least 40 minutes.

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

Bill: $2160 Yen ($25 AUD) Рno drinks.

Exact location: http://goo.gl/maps/ZCT7FRNHtM32
More information: http://ramensennokazekyoto.com

Kinugasa Zen | Nishijin District – Kyoto

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Kinugasa Zen entrance
Kinugasa Zen entrance

Close to the Kinkaku-ji temple (a beautiful golden one, hard to miss :)) you will find this very honest restaurant: Kinugasa Zen. I say honest because you can have a good and tasty meal for a ridiculous amount of money (A$18 Рfor two people.)

They claim to home-make¬†their own udon noodles, which is fantastic to be honest. Tasty broth and many tempura options to go with your udon. In case you are not a deep fried food fan (like me) you can get the raw egg udon too, exactly the one I’ll show below.

My order

For our meals, Hubby’s tried some udon with chicken tempura (very adventurous, as usual) and I decided to go¬†with something less greasy:

  • Mine: Atsutama Bukkare¬†Udon – with a raw egg.
  • Hubby: Tokiten Bukkare¬†Udon – with chicken tempura.
Atsutama bukkare udon
Atsutama bukkare udon
Atsutama bukkare udon - with broth
Atsutama bukkare udon – with broth
Tokiten Bukkare udon
Tokiten Bukkare udon

In case you are worried about the raw egg, as the broth is extremely hot, as soon as you add it to your bowl and mix the egg in, it will cook perfectly! So, forget the fear and go for it. ūüôā

Turning to the tempura, despite being deep fried, it’s not greasy at all. And according to hubby, after adding the broth, its crunchiness gave the dish a special texture. Of course, this is not gluten free and I don’t remember seeing any option on their menu.

The verdict

For that price and food quality, I would totally recommend. There are no many restaurant options in that area, the few ones are close to the temple and packed with tourists. If you want something more traditional and quiet, go there and you will not regret.

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

Bill: $1510 Yen (A$18) Рno drinks.

Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/ENZHea6cSBk