Trying Japanese ramen has become a sort of a religious experience for foreigners visiting the country. There are just so many varieties to choose from, as virtually each ramen bar has their own secret recipe that makes it stand out from the others. Osaka ramen is a whole different story. The city has always been a huge commercial spot, where people from all over Japan came to trade goods, valuables, and, of course, ramen recipes. That’s why you’ll find a bit of everything in the Osaka ramen scene – from the pungent Sapporo-style to the lighter Tokyo-style. Of course, you can’t forget the local Osakan style of ramen, also known as Takaida-kei, which features thick noodles and lots of menma and green onions.
Let’s look at some of the best ramen bars in Osaka now, shall we?
1. Menya 7.5Hz+
Located in the ultra-central area of Umeda, Menya 7.5Hz+ might not strike you as the most epic ramen bar, but it’s considered to be one of the best places who specialize in Takaida-style ramen. Their broth is a simple shio (salt-seasoned one), and it’s pretty heavy on the salt, but that only gives enough flavor to coat the thick noodles and all the other toppings. Takaida ramen at Menya 7.5Hz+ also comes with a ton of green onions on top, thin slices of pork, and bamboo sprouts.
Name: Menya 7.5Hz+
Address: 1-2-2 , Umeda, Kita-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka, 530-0001, Japan
Business hour: Mon-Fri 11:00-23:00, Sat. and Sun. 11:00-21:00
Phone number: (+81)6-6346-5510
Kinguemon is a famous Osakan ramen chain and is particularly known for their exquisite shoyu (soy-sauce flavored) bowls. You’ll get to choose between gold, red, and black ramen, which refers to the blend of soy sauce they use to season the soup. The Naniwa Black is the most pungent variety, and it gives the whole bowl a nearly smoky aroma. Kinguemon’s standard toppings include one soft and rather thick slice of chashu, menma, and green onions.
Another advantage of this place is that it has a branch right in the heart of Dotonbori, so it’s a great option if you’re short on time and only planning to visit this area.
Address: 1-4-17, Dotombori, Chuo-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka, 542-0071, Japan
Business hour: Every day 11:00 – next day 8:00
Phone number: (+81)6-6211-5502
3. Menya Kurofune
Lots of Osaka-based foreigners agree that Menya Kurobune makes one of the best miso-flavored ramen in all of Japan. And although miso ramen is not as popular with Westerners as tonkotsu or shoyu, we highly recommend you try this place. They also have a take on the Takaida-style ramen, with a lighter shio broth and lots of green onions. What’s more, if you plan to come here a second or even a third time, grab a point card – you’ll get a free side dish with your bowl every time you come back.
Name: Menya Kurofune
Address: 3-12-10, Fujigaoka, Fujiidera-shi, Osaka, 583-0017, Japan
Business hour: 11:00-22:00
Phone number: (+81)72-937-9627
4. Menya Eguchi
This place is a bit off the beaten path, being well hidden in the residential area near Esaka station. However, if you do have time and want to try some really great tsukemen, nothing in Osaka can beat Menya Eguchi. Having the noodles separated from the broth might not be your exact definition of ramen, but you will definitely change your mind after you try Eguchi’s tsukemen. Their broth is a clear shio soup, and they definitely don’t skimp out on the noodles – a portion will be enough to keep you full ‘till the end of the day. And if that still doesn’t seem appetizing enough, they have some other awesome choices on the menu, such as regular shio and miso bowls.
Name: Menya Eguchi
Address: 1-4-20 Esakacho, Suita-shi, Osaka 564-0063, Japan
Business hour: Tue. -Fri. 11:00- 15:00＆18:00-23:00, Sat. 11:00 – 23:00 , Sun. 11:00 – 21:00
Phone number: (+81)6-6338-0077
5. Cho Tonkotsu Nodo 8
Lastly, if you’re craving some good old tonkotsu ramen, Cho Tonkotsu Nodo 8 should be one of your top destination when you visit Osaka. Their bowls feature a milky tonkotsu and kombu broth, as well as thin noodles and one huge slice of chashu pork. Another interesting item on their menu is the atomeshi, a special side dish you can get to finish your remaining broth with. And if you couldn’t slurp all of the pork-infused goodness by itself, it’s certainly go down with a bowl of rice. However, Cho Tonkotsu Nodo 8 is pretty popular and it’s not uncommon to stay in line for a bowl – so better hit this place early if you want to try their ramen!
Name: Cho Tonkotsu Nodo 8
Address: 2-7-3, Kozu, Chuo-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka, 542-0072, Japan
Business hour: Mon.-Sun. 11:30-3:00, 18:00-1:30
Phone number: (+81)6-6212-1822
Although there are many more amazing ramen bars throughout Osaka, these should give you a general idea of what the city has to offer in terms of ramen. We’ve included a place for each of the most popular types of ramen – shio, miso, shoyu, tonkotsu, and Osaka’s Takaida-kei, so you can opt for whichever you like most. Or why not try them all?
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