In the ramen world of Kyoto, “unnamed ramen shop” is currently in the spotlight. It's a ramen shop that doesn't really have a name or sign, but it's not a secretive shop, so you can see a lot of information such as the location of the shop, recommended menus, and reviews on TV and Tabelog.
On the evening of one day, I visited "an unnamed ramen shop" in Sanjo, Kiyamachi, relying on that information. This shop has the momentum to drop the flying birds in Kyoto recentlyNoodles and Nijo Takakura,Wake good noodlesThe same affiliated store. It's on the first basement floor of a commercial building, there are no signboards, and there are no queues, so if you go there for the first time, you'll be wondering "is it really okay here?" However, when I was hesitant on the street for a while, the customers who got used to it got down to the basement and opened the door of the shop...
Ramen shop with no name｜The ultimate hideout with no signboard... Not only ramen but all the staying time is fashionable
When you open the door, the inside is a modern space with brightly arranged concrete-exposed space and greenery. Trendy music such as hip-hop music flows, and in the back kitchen, three young people who are usually rough dress up the store.
There are only 12 seats at the counter in a space that doesn't look like a ramen shop. There is enough space for more seats, but this store uses more than half of it to create space.
And there is a waiting space for customers in the back on the opposite side of the kitchen (this is the reason why there is no line outside the store)... There is a bench in a position that looks up at the kitchen and seats from a lower position. Is. During the waiting time, you look at the kitchen as if you were watching the stage, and when the turn comes, you go up to the stage and play the main cast.
How to order using a vending machine: Customize the ramen from 3 types to your taste
At an unnamed ramen shop, you can order your favorite ramen using an automatic ticket vending machine located behind the shop. Customization is completed in the following XNUMX steps...
Step 1: Select the style of ramen
On the first screen, select one from the three menus "Ramen", "Tsukemen", and "Curry Tsukemen". It feels like you decide the style of ramen to order. This time, select normal "Ramen".
Step 2: Select the concentration of soup
On the next screen, select the concentration of ramen soup from 3 types. From light to light...
- "Tanrei" extracted from chicken thigh meat only
- A multi-layered blend of rich and light soup
- Thick chicken stewed carefully
This time, "multilayer" is selected this time.
Step 3: Select noodle quantity and toppings
On the final screen, select the amount of noodles and the toppings. You can choose either “normal” or “large (+100 yen)” for the amount of noodles, and “tofu”, “char siu”, or “Kuroge Wagyu” as the topping. The price depends on this combination, but if you do not choose Japanese black beef, it will be less than 3 yen. Select "Char siu, large" here. All you have to do is present the food ticket that came out at the counter and wait for it to finish.
Multi-layer ramen | Rich soup with a well-balanced mix of chicken and seafood stock
By the way, at the first visit, it seems that I customized the "Layered Ramen Daisheng with char siu" completed in about 10 minutes about the seats...
At first glance, it's a big one, but the volume is small. The noodles are kneaded with blackish particles, which look like crushed burdock. On top of this are vegetables such as green onions and petit tomatoes, and two pieces of char siu colored in pink. The contrast between the cloudy soup and the red of char siu and petit tomato and the green of vegetables is wonderful.
Then I want to go for a real meal, but where are the chopsticks? A "nameless ramen shop" that was created not only for ramen, but for the entire space of the shop. There is nothing extra on the counter, perhaps because it spoils the aesthetic impression.
Then, where are the necessary items such as chopsticks and seasonings? There is a drawer under the counter, where a set of chopsticks, toothpicks and seasonings are stored. It's stylish.
The chopsticks are pulled out from the drawer, and the long-awaited real meal is... The soup is not a chicken-colored soup, but it is a rich and well-balanced soup that also works well with seafood soup. Is it that the tongue has a slight graininess because it contains fishmeal?
One of the noodles is medium-high straight with high water content. The noodles have a pleasant texture and smooth throat as well as the aroma of wheat.
Here are the flavor change items... There are 4 types of seasoning: Chimie, Shichimi, Sansho and Garam Masala. It's housed in a long, narrow silver container that can be sprinkled with a proper amount by knocking on the button on the head like a mechanical pencil.
When about half finished eating, sprinkle Japanese pepper in the bowl and try a different taste. Kishimoto Yanagura A combination of ramen and Japanese pepper that I've been addicted to... The powdered Japanese pepper fits perfectly in the rich chicken + seafood soup. The rich soup of chicken and seafood is accompanied by the refreshing flavor of Japanese pepper, which tightens the taste and accelerates chopsticks. There was little volume, but I completed the meal at once and was fully satisfied before heading home.
A large typhoon hits Japan... Eating thick soup with a thick soup targeting a day when there are few customers
The second visit to an unnamed ramen shop was a stormy day when a large typhoon landed in western Japan. These days, the number of customers will surely decrease, and the waiting time will be short even at the queue shops that are popular for how delicious they are, so I often dare to go to popular shops aiming for such days.
Sure enough, when I arrived at the store there were only two customers. Moreover, it seemed that I had already eaten it, and I felt that my order would pass immediately.
The problem is what to order... Let's stop the layered soup and ramen I ordered last time. When it comes to tsukemen or curry, the soup is either light or thick. I ate curry tsukemen at Nijo Takakura last time... I'm fascinated by the light soup that I can't eat at affiliated stores, but the thin soup made with tsukemen somehow doesn't have enough impact. Hmm... after all, I gave up the Tanrei soup this time and decided to use it as a thick soup. The price is just 2.5 yen with 1000 tons of noodles and motsu topping.
Put the meal ticket on the counter and the tsukemen was completed in about 5 minutes...
Like Nijo Takakura, the mottled soup heated in the stove bowl has the mochi roasted with a burner. In addition to this, the core of Chinese cabbage was in the soup, and I was eating it without knowing it, biting the Chinese cabbage that had fallen into the noodles, and I was surprised at "Oh?"
The soup is a chicken soup with a strong seafood flavor, similar to the multi-layered soup. The texture of the soup felt a little stronger than that of the multi-layer soup, but it did not become so thick as the thick soup. This is a rich soup that you can drink as it is, but you can also add hot water when you finish eating noodles to enjoy soup splitting.
The noodles are medium-thick straight noodles with high hydration, which have the same smoothness. It scoops up the thick soup and carries it to your mouth.
And it is a burner that burns. The plump oily surface is scorched and fragrant, further enhancing the pungent flavor. There is a strong presence in the rich soup stock that makes you want to eat as many as you want. I personally like this one more than char siu.
Excellent presence even without a guide to the store... Access to a nameless ramen shop is a 2-minute walk from the nearest station, Kyoto Municipal Subway, Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station
Then, it is the details of the shop.
Address: Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Ebisucho 534-31 CEO Kiyamachi Building B1F
Phone number: undisclosed
営業時間：11:30-14:50 LO、18:00-21:50 LO（土日祝日は20:50ラストオーダー）
Regular holiday: New Year holidays (12/31-1/3)
Parking lot: None
Credit card payment: No (food ticket system)
Easy access from Sanjo Keihan station across the Sanjo Ohashi, 5 minutes on foot. From Kyoto Station, take the Kyoto Municipal Bus No. 5 line bound for Iwakura Marshalling Station, get off at Kawaramachi Sanjo Bus Stop, and walk for 2 minutes.