Friday, January 1, 2021



tl;dr: Here's a list of great Osaka ramen

Welcome to Friends in Ramen, the mad ramblings and reviews of a ramen-obsessed New Yorker who has somehow found himself in Osaka.  I've created this blog for foreigners in Osaka who want to eat good ramen, English speakers abroad who want to eat vicariously in the great east, or anyone else who wants to stop by.

I've tried to keep my ramen shop reviews in a consistent format; there's locational information along with a photo of the outside of the shop, and tags describing the style and location.  If you're looking for something particular, give it a search, or otherwise browse with pleasure!

If you're still reading this and haven't scrolled down to the wonderful pictures of rich salty broth below, here are some good places to get started on the blog:

Best Ramen in Osaka - A list of my favorite shops in Osaka, sorted by type and location
The ramen map - a (near) exhaustive list of the ramen shops I've eaten at in Japan
The Beginning - My first post, and my entrance into Osaka
Who Writes This Thing, Anyway? - More of me talking about myself!
Ramen Glossary - A list of terms that are often used in my posts, in case ramen is new to you

Enjoy Friends in Ramen!

ラーメンの中毒があるなんとなく大阪にいちゃったニューヨーカーが書いている「Friends in Ramen」というブログにようこそ!元々外国人のためにブログを作りましたけど、日本人もラーメンが好きな外国人の意見に興味あるかなと思っていたので、日本語も書くようにしています。日本語はけっこうむずいので、ミスとかあればすみません。いろいろな店で食べたことあるので、もし「こんなスープを飲みたいな」と考えたら、タグとかで検索してください。あとは、適当に楽しんでください!


大阪のベストラーメン:大阪の一番好きなラーメン屋さん。場所と味でソートしています ラーメン地図:今までに全国の食べたことあるラーメン屋さん
The Beginning:大阪のデビュー

Friends in Ramenを楽しみましょう!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020


There is a shop of Nakatsu that has bounced around between ownership, but for the recent while it has been Fukushima-founded tonkotsu Mankai. I stopped in and tried the shio tonkotsu.


The Bowl
A pretty straightforward tonkotsu, as I'd expect from Mankai, the shio tonkotsu was saltier than the standard. By-the-book thin, firm noodles and thin, melty slices of chashu left this place in my mind as a solid, consistent option.


Would I Go Again?

Should You Go?


Monday, March 23, 2020

Menya Hakkaisan

A rare trip out to Takatsuki for some ramen, this time I visited famous dried fish ramen Hakkaisan. I went for the straightforward niboshi soba.


The Bowl
As promised, this was a top class niboshi bowl. It was rich and oily, but with just the right amount of salt. The noodles were short and thick, and the chashu was thick and juicy. In particular I liked the menma pieces that were tinged with yuzu flavor. The only problem with this place is how long the line can get, and how far it is.


Would I Go Again?

Should You Go?

麺屋 八海山

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Umai Men Niwa Fuku Kitaru

They offered a variety of fish-based ramen, but since it was my first time I went with the regular-sounding Umai Shoyu Ramen.


The Bowl
A solid, well-balanced shoyu overall, with a nice bit of sardine-flavor to it. The noodles were brownish and wheaty, with plenty of bounce. The chashu had an earthy, offal-like flavor and texture, which didn't suit me as well.


Would I Go Again?

Should You Go?


Saturday, March 7, 2020

Tachigui Nagahama Ramen Ranman

There's this weird little hole in the wall in Honmachi; they advertise themselves as a standing ramen joint, but they're almost more of a mini-izakaya. At any rate, I was curious about their tonkotsu ramen so I swung by.

本町の穴場的な「立喰 長浜ラーメン 爛漫」という店があって、一応ラーメン屋さんなんですけど、プチ居酒屋のほうがあっている気がします。とにかく、行って豚骨の「天真ラーメン」を食べてみました。

The Bowl
It's kind of what'd you'd expect out of a rando cheap standing-ramen shop: it was greasy, light tonkotsu ramen. It wasn't the greatest ramen, but that's more or less what I expected.


Would I Go Again?
Maybe, to drink.


Should You Go?
Maybe, if you're looking for a drink and a cheap bowl.


立喰 長浜ラーメン 爛漫

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Menya Mon

Menya Mon is a ramen shop right in the heart of Ame Mura, offering shoyu and shio chicken ramen. I gave the shoyu a try.

アメ村の中心に「麵屋 問」がいろいろな鶏白湯を提供しています。醤油を頼んでみました。

The Bowl
The first couple sips of the soup brought a syrupy chicken goodness, along with some light-yellow noodles. A few more sips, though, and the salt overtook many of the other flavors. The slices of alternating light and dark chicken were a highlight, but overall the salt hid the bet parts of this bowl.


Would I Go Again?

Should You Go?

麺屋 問