Sunday, January 15, 2012

Kitakata Ramen Bannai

It was a random Sunday afternoon and I decided to walk somewhere far.  I took a look at the map, and picked Harinakano.  I knew nothing about it, but found a ramen place in the area, and was off.  It took a while to get there, but I was surprised how much stuff was there.  Not to say it was an exciting downtown by any means, but there was a nice shopping arcade with a bunch of restaurants and a few bakeries.  The ramen place I had looked up, Kitakata, happened to be a large chain, which was less than exciting, but I didn't walk all this way for nothing.

喜多方ラーメン 坂内・小法師
Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Komagawa, 5丁目15−11
Kitakata is just west of Harinakano station, right at the entrance to the shopping arcade.

The Bowl
I don't have high expectations of large chain ramen shops, and Kitakata did nothing to change my opinion.  The broth was a mediocre chain-style clear tonkotsu broth.  It wasn't terrible, but it should have been a lot better for all the fat and salt in it.  The noodles were curly and chewy; these were probably the best part.  The menma and medium-thick chashu were also kind of mediocre, though there were quite a few slices.

Would I Go Again?
Nah, once is more than enough.

Should You Go?
No, and definitely not worth the far trek to Harinakano.

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