Sunday, November 19, 2017


One late night after a hanami I ended up with some friends in the middle of Amagasaki. We were drunk and hungry, and we ended up at the local branch of Kurofune, where I ordered the miso ramen.


The Bowl
It was a generic miso, salty and very garlicky. The noodles were flat and long. Overall, I rate this as something that held me over sufficiently on this night.


Would I Go Again?
Good memories, but I don't think I'll make it out there again.


麺屋 黒船

Friday, November 17, 2017

Menya Yu

One nice thing about ramen shops that stick around for a while is that people who have been working at those shops for a while go and start their own shops. Such is the case with Menya Yu, opened by a former employee of Menya Taku. Just like Taku they focus on mixed soups, so I ordered the chicken seafood pork ramen with an egg.


The Bowl
And a lot like Taku it was. The broth was a syrupy clear-brown, thick with fish and an unusual mixture of pork and chicken. It didn't have quite the same perfect balance that Taku did, but it was good none the less, with firm noodles, some medium slices of chashu, and a creamy and slightly cool egg.


Would I Go Again?
I'm not in a rush, but I would stop in again


Should You Go?
I would recommend it for fans who have already been to Taku.


麺や 佑

Sunday, November 12, 2017


Time for a break from the Tenkatoitsu Ramen Battle and return to form. On my way to a hanami event I stopped at highly regarded Uemachi, and got a bowl of chuka soba shoyu.


The Bowl
This was sharp and salty in a way that was strangely addictive. Compared to other salty bowls, Uemachi's was light, and filled with grains of green onion. The noodles were flat and thin, normally what I would expect to see in shoyu. Still, though, they had a wonderful gumminess to them, and I had to stop myself from slurping them too quickly.


Would I Go Again?


Should You Go?


中華そば うえまち

Friday, November 3, 2017

Tenkatoitsu Ramen Battle - Day 7

Sadly, it's time for my final visit to the Tenkatoitsu Ramen Battle. Seven trips isn't too bad. I ended with a bowl of miso ramen from Misono Maruesu.


The Bowl
Maruesu provided a cloudy miso broth, made better by the splash of rayu they offered on the side. The noodles were thick and looked handcut. These were the fattest noodles I'd seen at the event, and they were delicious, if too much for the broth.