Wednesday, July 15, 2015


In the past few months, the ramen chain Sanpomen has blown up. After first replacing Tairyuken on Dotonbori, shops have popped up in Juso, Nipponbashi, and have also replaced Takaraseimenjo in Shinsaibashi. It always looked very chainy and not very interesting to me, but I can only live in Osaka so long without trying every ramen shop on Dotonbori, so I walked over one day to see what their tsukemen had to offer.


The Bowl
This was your standard gyokai tonkotsu tsukemen. It didn't break the mold too much in either or good or bad way; it was a bit on the salty side, but I enjoyed the added touch of bonito flakes covering the soup. The noodles were thick and fat, and the broth came littered with different fat and chewy pieces of chashu. The biggest part of this tsukemen to break the mould was the wari soup, which was very porky in a way I couldn't quite put my finger on.


Would I Go Again?
It was a solid enough tsukemen, but that's not quite enough to get me to make a second trip in a ramen-saturated area like Namba.


Should You Go?
It's not bad, but you wouldn't be remiss for skipping it either.



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