Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kitahachi Tantan

The Osaka Ekimae Buildings are always a good place to explore for food, ramen or otherwise. As much as I think I know the scene in Umeda, there are always shops in the basements of these buildings that I haven't heard of. Today I visited Kitahachi Tantan, a tantanmen specialty branch of the Kitano Hachibantei chain. I ordered their standard tantanmen, the Oriental Noodle.


The Bowl
Numbing pepper sansho fumes were coming off the bowl. There was a half-centimeter thick layer of clear oil encasing a hot pepper bowl of soup with cilantro. The short, curly noodles were well matched to the bowl - they picked up a lot of the spice and toppings without being overly oily. Each bite was a continuing descent into that numbing pepper zone where I can't taste anything any more. A bit much, but kind of fun.


Would I Go Again?
It was interesting but I'm not sure I would need to visit again.


Should You Go?
As it turns out it's closed, so that's out of the question.


They gave me some fruit at the end but I could barely taste it.



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