Sunday, January 20, 2013

Tenkaippin Sohonten

It had been a long time since I had first visited Tenkaippin. Given how just how many branches of this super chain there are, it's almost surprising this would be my second visit.

My brother and I were visiting Kyoto on a Sunday. We decided to walk the Philosopher's Walk, stop at a couple of temples nearby, and end up at the flagship shop of the famous Kyoto franchise. Tenkaippin fans say that each branch has a slightly different flavor, and that nothing beats the original. I ordered the kotteri and prepared to find out if that was true.

Ichijoji Tsukudacho

The Bowl
The broth was a thick shoyu just like last time. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either, and it was a bit too salty. The medium noodles, chashu, and menma were all pretty run of the mill. I enjoyed the bowl, but it didn't really stand out from my previous visit to a random branch - decent enough but not worth going out of my way for.

Would I Go Again?

Should You Go?
Eh, you should hit up Tenkaippin once at some point. The flagship is pretty far out of the way though.

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