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Menbakaichidai has been a staple in the community for 30 years - burning through the competition with its famous "Fire Ramen." I innocently assumed that the ramen earned its name for being spicy, as are most "fire" dishes in the culinary world. It wasn't until I was inches away from a four-foot flame, that I finally realized this restaurant had taken things to the next level. From yahoo travel post
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Cash Only, Free Wifi, Non-smoking restaurants, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free off-street parking, Digital Payments
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Reviewed December 13, 2020

Recommended to go during weekdays or off peak hrs so queue within 20-30min still reasonable. The entire near fire experience by the bar with video recording was great. Afterwhich will be ushered back to table seating to enjoy the ramen. Black charcoal chicken karrage and...iced matcha latte was a surprise delight, ramen tastewise average. Worthwhile to go once as an overall interesting eating excursion. Total damage about $80+ for 3 pax.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed June 13, 2020 via mobile

When we arrived there was a line out the door, but it actually moved quite fast. We had such an incredible time and I highly recommend taking your Ramen experience to the next level by visiting Fire Ramen.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed March 28, 2020 via mobile

The performance is cool but everything in there and especially the broth tastes like oil. The staff was friendly. The clients were all tourists. It’s a typical tourist’s trap. Very expensive for the quality of the food. Would not recommend.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 18, 2020

We loved this absolute gem of a ramen restaurant located near the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Not only was the food out of this world, but they set fire to it in front of your eyes which gives your ramen the most incredible smokey flavour and...makes for such a fun environment to eat. The staff were lovely, attentive and friendly and we enjoyed chatting to our fellow diners too. We visited whilst the schools were closed due to CV19 concerns, which gave us the opportunity to witness the kindness of community, with lots of kids coming in to collect bento boxes which we found out were being given away for free due to the kids normally being fed at school - what a lovely thing to do, giving one less thing for Mum & Dad to worry about. We were touched by this and the many other thoughtful gestures we encountered during our time in this amazing country.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 27, 2020 via mobile

Our kids thought this was amazing fun! We stopped by on a cold afternoon before we went to Nijo-jo- the set filled us right up so we didn’t need anything more that day! The ramen is standard but the fire spectacle gives it an edge!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 10, 2020 via mobile

Great food! And great hospitality! The fire show is a spectacle! Gotta try!!! Better not to move when they serve the ramen!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 9, 2020

We went for the ramen, which truly was amazing! But the show was really worth it... the staff is great, and while theres a line to get in, they are really efficient and it's 100%worth the wait.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed January 25, 2020 via mobile

Come for the crazy experience. When they say fire ramen it does not mean spicy, it means your ramen is on fire. Bar stool seating with limited number of seats. Go ahead and have a beer because you will need it. Put on the plastic...apron, seat back and watch your ramen be lit on fire while that ball of heat almost hits your face so lean back. After watching your life flash before your eyes relax and enjoy this yummy ramen. Take some pictures with the cook and thank God you are alive 😂 Pricey Tshirts $33 dollars but my friend got it as a gift other wise they are no hard rock so not sure why they are so expensive.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed January 22, 2020 via mobile

Highly recommend! Not only was it an amazing experience but the food was also delicious, with great service! Definitely lived up to our expectations! We would go back there in a heartbeat :)

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed January 16, 2020 via mobile

Being a vegetarian, we have pretty limited options, but discovered this awesome place. Not only did they provide us with full vegan options, but entertained us well with their “fire” show to bring the heat to to the ramen dish. It was great food, ambiance,...and reasonably priced! Would highly recommend..More

Date of visit: January 2020
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October 26, 2019|
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Response from Menbaka | Property representative |
Hi, we have vegetarian/ vegan options for our dishes. We have vegetable soup so you can mention our staff when ordering. Looking forward to seeing you.
Demetri N
May 3, 2019|
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Response from alio6699 | Reviewed this property |
No reservation required. I would recommend going a bit before or after normal lunch or dinner times to avoid waiting outside. Regardless it's well worth the wait.
April 11, 2018|
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Thanks Stevie J!
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Menbaka - Fire Ramen Kyoto Ramen Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5