Thursday, October 13, 2011


Another night off from work, and another night looking for ramen.  My friend wandered around Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori with no goal in mind.  My friend spotted this new-looking called Shisen, but all I managed to notice was the hot pepper above the name, which was all I needed.

The shop looked pretty new, and the manager confirmed it was.  He was a young guy, who was apparently studying English at a local university, which made talking to him more fun.

Ōsaka-fu Ōsaka-shi Chūō-ku Dōtonbori 1丁目1−4
Shisen is a bit east on the north end of Dotonbori.  Be careful, because there's just a small staircase leading down to its basement location.

The Bowl
Not the only spicy bowl I had eaten recently, but not the best either.  The broth was clear and very oily, and a little bit spicy.  The noodles were thin and curly and the bowl was filled with vegetables - in fact they were out of chashu that day.  Overall the bowl was less like standard ramen, and more like hot pot, because of the ton of vegetables, and the weak taste of the soup.

Would I Go Again?
The owner was really friendly and all, but the ramen was too oily without enough flavor.

Should You Go?
It's Dotonbori, there are better options.

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