Monday, April 23, 2018


A while ago, a few shops in Namba and Nipponbashi banded together to start a stamp rally. The idea behind this stamp rally was that each shop would do a bowl similar to the ramen another shop serves. Though it was my first trip to Seimenya, I decided to try their Joroku-inspired shoyu.


The Bowl
The bowl was a solid rendition of Takaida-style shoyu: dark and peppery, and a little less salty and therefore more drinkable than the original. The broth itself had a kind of hoisin-like taste, similar to other classic chuka soba. The noodles were fat and hard. They were good, and I think they could have even afforded to be a little thicker, given the saltiness of the soup.


Would I Go Again?
Yes, the ramen was good and I was curious to try their specialty too.


Should You Go?
Unfortunately they don't serve this dish any more, but their other bowls looked good.



Not bad.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


One chain shop I had never been to was Satsumakko. A kagoshima style ramen shop, the flagship shop of this chain is in Tenma, though shops can be found everywhere in Osaka. I went to the Kitashinchi branch with some friends and ordered the standard ramen.


The Bowl
This fits in the style of Kinryu ramen: light and easy to eat, meant for post-drinking. The soup was a mix of oil, salt and garlic, barely meant to be drank, but more intended as a base of flavor for the curly noodles. That trademark tonkotsu stink wafted from the slices of chashu, further cementing this as a bowl that goes well with a beer.


Would I Go Again?
Yeah, but not alone, and not sober.


Should You Go?
This is not a must-stop shop, but it's worth a try for anyone who wants an infusion of garlic after some drinks.



Monday, April 2, 2018

Tai Dashi Ramen Kotone

Some areas in Osaka just have more ramen shops than others. This time I made my first trip to Nishi Kujo by bike to go to Tai Dashi Ramen Kotone. Kotone specializes in ramen made from sea bream. They offered shio, shoyu, and soupless abura soba, and I went with the shio.


The Bowl
The shio broth was light and cloudy. It contained a delicate amount of sea bream, not overpowering like in a lot of shrimp ramen. The semi-clear flat noodles had just a bit of bounce, and were very slightly curly. The rare chashu, too, was just a bit chewy, and the parts that were seasoned brought out the flavor of the pork. Mixing in the sesame and green onions gave the bowl's flavors a refreshing makeover midway through the meal.


Would I Go Again?
Maybe, if I'm in the area again.


Should You Go?

鯛出汁らーめん 琴ね

Also nearby, people were waiting at a bus stop to go to an Avicii concert.