Friday, March 9, 2012


After a long day of work I didn't feel like walking far and just wanted something quick to eat.  I had passed the ramen shop right outside Umeda Station Mensho several times, but never gone in.  I was too tired to look up a place, so I decided to finally give Mensho a shot.

Mensho offered a variety of tonkotsu shoyu bowls, and I went for the one called "ra-men" (辣麺).  This is a pun, in that the normal "ra" in "ramen" has been replaced with a character used "ra-yu" (辣油), a Chinese chili oil.  Which is why I went with that one.

麺匠 北野八番亭
Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Kita-ku, Chayamachi, 13−3
Mensho is just northeast of Hankyu Umeda.

The Bowl
Ra-yu was advertised, and ra-yu is what I got.  The broth smelled strongly of it, and tasted like the chili oil too.  The noodles were thin, and reminded me of Hakata-style noodles.  In addition to the kikurage, bean sprouts, onions and peppers, the bowl tasted strongly of garlic.  The chashu was tender and split into pieces in the broth; it was decent but not amazing.

Would I Go Again?
Mensho is in a convenient location but wasn't anything special, I don't think I'll be back.

Should You Go?
You can pass on this one.

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