Sunday, December 11, 2011

Men Life Taku

My friend and I met up on Sunday for some shopping and ramen.  We were in Namba and didn't have a lot of time, so we headed to a shop by JR Namba that I had been meaning to go to.  Men Life Taku offered tsukemen and W soup ramen.  The "W" is pronounced the same as "double" in Japanese, so "W soup" just means very rich soup.  Oh Japan.

Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Naniwa-ku, Inari, 1丁目7−30
Men Life Taku is just a couple blocks southwest of OCAT.

The Bowl
As guaranteed, the soup was extra-rich.  The broth wasn't super thick, but it was strongly flavored with gyokai and chicken, accompanied with thin, soft noodles.  The menma were cut thinly and were flavorful, as was the chashu, though the egg was fairly bland.  Mixing the onions and bonito flakes in a bit cut into the soup's richness a bit.

Would I Go Again?
This is one of the only times I've had such a flavorful chicken broth, and this may be the only time I've had a chicken-gyokai broth.  It was kotteri in a way that I like but was unique and still very drinkable.  I'll be back.

Should You Go?
This is a one-of-a-kind broth, so go check it out.  It's a little far from the center of Namba, but it's still in Namba.

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