This time, we would like to introduce one of the top ramen restaurants in Kyoto, “Inoichi Aruba”.
Kyoto is now well established as a “battleground” area for ramen, but there is one restaurant in particular that is very popular, has a long lineup, and has a solid track record as a “Michelin Bib Gourmand” restaurant. This is the “Inoichi Away” that we will report on in this issue.
Please take a look at the “Inoichi Away”, a restaurant that has reached the level of craftsmanship.
Outline of the store
The store is located in the Kawaramachi area of Kyoto
This store is located just before Kawaramachi, a little north of Kyoto Station.
Kawaramachi, the downtown area of Kyoto, generally refers to the area from Shijo Dori, Sanjo Dori, and Kawaramachi Dori to Gion in the east, but there are many restaurants scattered around the area, and this restaurant is one of them.
For those who lament that they do not know how to find the restaurant due to its inconspicuous signage, rest assured that you will not have to wait in line. There is never a day when this restaurant does not have a line of people waiting in line, so you can just rely on the map below to find the restaurant with a line of people waiting in line.
In front of the restaurant is a Michelin Bib Gourmand plate. This is one of the reasons why this famous restaurant attracts customers not only from other prefectures but also from Japan and other countries.
Access to the restaurant
- Business hours: 11:00-14:30, 17:30-21:00
- Closed: No special holidays
- Parking: No parking lot
- Address: 1F Renai Marutaka, 463 Senjoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, 600-8076, Japan
Parking is quite expensive if you don’t choose a parking lot due to the location. On the other hand, there is no need to worry about coin-operated parking, and the location is close to the nearest station, making it easily accessible.
Menu and Taste
The menu, like its sister restaurant Inoichi, is long and narrow. The maximum price is 1,700 yen, which is a bit expensive for a ramen restaurant. However, it is much more satisfying than going out for a pasta lunch.
This is “Oigatsuo Soba
The main menu items at this restaurant are oikatsuosoba and tsukemen (noodles with dipping sauce). This is the oikatsu soba.
The clear soup, delicate bonito flakes, and thin noodles. The soup is so clear, the bonito flakes are so delicate, and the noodles are so thin that you would think it was a work of art rather than food. The soup is not so much a soup as a thick broth.
Limited Time Only Asari Asari Shiratsuyu Tsuke Soba
Another main menu item is tsukemen (dipping noodles), and this time I chose the limited-edition asari no shiratsu tsuke soba (dipping noodles in white water with clams), which looked super tasty.
It was too gorgeous to be used as a dipping sauce. The noodles are also glossy and fresh.
The shumai is also boldly presented.
Most ramen stores have a dominant share of the side menu with gyoza (dumplings) and karaage (deep-fried tofu), but in this restaurant, the yaki-sai is in the position at the bottom of the menu.
The two bold chunks of meat are outstanding in density and volume. It is a dish that will fill you up even without a rice-based menu.
That’s all for this time.
Michelin-starred, the endless lines, and the use of carefully selected ingredients are all characteristics that I honestly don’t think are very familiar to ramen, but this particular restaurant is a different story. We hope that you will try our ramen, which is full of a sense of quality that you can taste with your eyes, your nose, and your tongue.
Youtube version uploaded!
We have uploaded a youtube report of this restaurant, so if you like it, please check it out as well.