We went to the to the restaurant in Tenjin, behind the Tsutaya department store. No romanji on the signage, so we were having trouble deciding which restaurant it was - but then we saw a small line up. Must be the place. And it was. The ticket machine out front had the selection labelled in English so we were able to get the meal paid for. We were seated in a little area with five seats, divided into little cubicles. We were offered an English menu so that we could customize our selection. We had ordered the classic ramen and the menu allowed us to specify things like how spicy we wanted the soup, how much garlic, how chewy the noodles.
It was a very short wait and our bowls of porky delicious ramen arrived. We discovered that the dividers between our stations could be folded back partway, so we could chat a little more easily. Our fellow diners, however, were all about the soup. And besides, the point of a ramen-ya is not to linger. It is to eat/drink your ramen and make room for the next guy.
I saved a bit of my soup and ordered some more of the sliced pork, it was so good. While you pay for your meal upfront at the ticket machine you can order add-ons from your counter seat. One popular option is to eat your noodles, leave some soup and then order another whole or half order of ramen noodles. That's for folks with big appetites!
It was a fun experience and the ramen was great!
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