(Inoichi) – you can find a decent bowl of ramen pretty much anywhere in Japan and Kyoto is no exception. I always considered a bowl to be a good reflection of the prefecture, an indication of their local culture and tastes. With this popular local store, you get an interesting variety of ramen and rice dishes; got the pretty standard 支那 そば 黒 which is just their version of 中華そば shoyu ramen (apparently their 支那 そば 白 or shio ramen is their most d’oh). The soup was quite assari (light) and went down easily, maybe a tad light for me. Noodles were quite straight with good bite. What interested me more were the two complimentary toppings which are placed on each table yuzu peels and tororo konbu (shavings of is always a nice compliment to a clear- soup base ramen, yes, the first time l’ve seen tororo konbu as a side (you see it sometimes with udon/soba). This actually worked well with the assari ramen soup adding a unique slimy texture, as well as some extra umami and saltiness to an otherwise light broth. These sides and the lighter broth lent a very Kyoto-like sensibility and more wafu feel to their bowl. Though I personally like even a clear-soup base to have more kick, I can appreciate the regional touches they apply to their ramen.
Address: 京都府京都市下京区恵比須之町528 エビステラス 1F (Kyoto)