Thursday, March 23, 2017

Komen Tamaran

A new Jiro style ramen shop opened up in Taisho a while ago. I in theory had been meaning to visit, but in reality had been putting it off a bit. Partially because the new shop replaced delicious Ramen Do, but really because I can only very occasionally handle Jiro style ramen. I saw a magazine really pushing Komen Tamaran's miso, though, and that was enough of a reason to actually push myself to make the trip.


The Bowl
As you'd expect from any Jiro style, the broth was a murky mix of, oil, garlic, and fat, and in this case, salty, strong miso, too. It wasn't bad overall, and it was filled with curly, ultra-thick ropes, that on their own seemed like a great idea, but were a too hard even for this flavorful mess. The chashu was fatty and tender, but was a hit a little too hard by the garlic punch in the soup and in the air.


Would I Go Again?
It was fine, but I'll find a new shop next time I'm going to make a challenge at Jiro style ramen.


Should You Go?
If you're a big fan of Jiro in Osaka, it's worth stop.


好麺 たまらん

Monday, March 13, 2017

Ichinichi Ichimen LAB+

No matter how hard I try to be aware of where I should eat, there are some shops that just slip through my fingers. Ichinichi Ichimen LAB+ is a shop that I noted when it first appeared, but I happened to be busy at the time. I forgot about it, but upon looking in a magazine I once again became aware of its existence. It's located right in Nagahoribashi, so getting there was no problem.

Ichinichi Ichimen offers a couple different versions of shoyu ramen. Their standard is the itsumo no yatsu or "regular one": a light soy sauce. If you're not in the mood for that, you can try the kyo wa kore or "today, this one", a sweeter shoyu, or the uwaki or "affair", with roast pork, ginger, and clams. I followed the strange menu's recommendation and got the itsumo no yatsu.



The Bowl
The shoyu broth had some interesting flavors. It was light soy sauce, supplemented by charred garlic. It was very subtle chicken, mellowed out by muscles mixed into the soup. Uniquely, their noodles were round, fat, and filled with flax seed. The seeds themselves were all but tasteless, but the noodles were pretty good overall. There was but a single chunk of chashu, clearly stewed in soy sauce for a long time, so much that it fell apart as soon as I was able to bring it to my mouth. The egg was a weird midway between a half-boiled and hard-boiled, and the ultra-thick menma had a strange drunk taste to them.


Would I Go Again?
This was a good shoyu with some interesting flare. I might be back.


Should You Go?
Citizens of Shinsaibashi, check this place out.



Monday, March 6, 2017


Out drinking on a Saturday, I was witness to one of the stranger events in Osaka: A series of boats that look like sushi were sent down Dotonbori river.


I'm not sure what exactly this parade was celebrating, but I'm happy to be there. All that sushi made me hungry, though, so my friends and I decided to find a place to eat. It was pretty late so we decided to try Shi43ya, a late night shio and clam shop, that had recently opened a second shop. On my visit to the first shop I got the standard, so this time I decided to try the shijimi miso ramen.


The Bowl
Even with miso, this was the kind of bowl you can appreciate late at night. After, or during, a night of drinking, I want something with a bit of oil, but pretty simple and not too thick. This bowl had enough miso to keep it flavorful, but was very easy to drink. The only toppings were the shijimi clams, curly noodles, and bok choy. I would have been left unsatisfied if I had come in with a big appetite, but it was perfect for the time.


Would I Go Again?
I won't go when I'm normally looking for ramen, but after a few drinks I wouldn't be surprised if I end up there again.


Should You Go?
When you're looking for just a bit of salt when you're out in Namba, stop at Shi43ya.


しじみラーメン Shi43屋