Sunday, July 7, 2013


Dotonbori is known for its myriad takoyaki shops, but often overlooked (at least by sober people) is its array of ramen shops. They are there mostly for drunk party-goers looking for some food before heading home. The lineup, including Osaka classics Shitenno, Kamukura, Kinryu, and Kinguemon doesn't change often, but every once in a while a new shop sprouts up. This time, Kanto shop Tairyuken has expanded to Osaka, right at Dotonbori. Tairyuken claims to be from Ebisu, a fashionable district in Tokyo, but the ramen they offer is Yokohama classic tonkotsu shoyu.


The Bowl
Like any tonkotsu shoyu bowl, it was pretty heavy. There was a thin layer of oil topping off the bowl, and then underneath was a surprisingly creamy soup. The whole thing was a bit too salty; even the chashu that was otherwise pretty decent was overwhelmed by salt. Overall not a bad bowl, but for iekei in Osaka I'd still head over to Konshinya.


Would I Go Again?


Should You Go?
It's not the worst of the lot if you're buy Dotonbori, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.



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