Thursday, December 15, 2011


After walking around and shopping in Umeda, my friend and I started looking for a place to eat.  I had noticed Menzanmai in the Ramen Walker, and since I'm a sucker for thick noodles and tsukemen, we went to check it out.

Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Kita-ku, Shibata, 1丁目3−15
Menzanmai is in one of the alleys the west of Hankyu Umeda Station, near a Coco Ichiban Curry and D.D. House.

The Bowl
As opposed to the thick broth I was expected, Menzanmei's broth was quite thin and murky, with a bit of a pork taste.  The noodles, on the other hand, were ridiculously thick - this is almost certainly the fattest noodles I've eaten with tsukemen.  Since the broth was so thin, though, the noodles were not able to pick up much of the broth, and the inside of the noodles was most unflavored.  The strips of chashu were pretty good, and the egg was very liquid-y and not bad.

Would I Go Again?
This was a real let-down.  The soup was low on flavor and the noodles were too thick for it.  I won't be back.

Should You Go?
There are better places in Umeda to go to than this one.

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