Do you love ramen? Ramen King will be right up your alley. You’ll have to take the train one stop south of Shin-Osaka Station, but it’s entirely worth going a little out of your way to slurp these great noodles.
Ramen Kingu - image © Florentyna Leow
It’s hard to say no to a good bowl of ramen. If you have some time before your train’s set to depart Osaka, head over to Ramen King near Nishinakajima-minamigata Station to slurp down some ramen before getting on the bullet train elsewhere - their ramen is worth traveling a little further for. It’s a short walk east of the station. Look for the word “King” written above the entrance.
What’s on the menu? The Taiwan-style mazesoba (mixed ramen without the broth, but all the flavour) is their best-selling bowl, but there’s a surprising variety of ramen on offer. You’ll find a rich tori paitan, or chicken bone broth simmered until white and thick; gyokai tonkotsu tsukemen, noodles served with a thick fish and pork bone broth for dipping; two choices of shellfish salt ramen. That’s just their latest line-up - it can and does change from time to time.
The shellfish ramen (JPY900) is one of their more unusual offerings, but will probably appeal to most diners without any relevant allergies. It’s a beautiful example of surf n’ turf - a complex broth with all the flavors of clams, sardines, and kelp, but paired with slices of torched chashu pork atop and medium-thin al dente noodles that slurp beautifully. With a couple of hamaguri clams, white bean sprouts, Japanese leek, and half a ramen egg, this is a bowl that’ll leave most diners satisfied and happy.
This 15-seater restaurant is not the largest place around, but turnover at ramen shops is fairly quick so you probably won’t be left waiting long. It’s a non-smoking restaurant at lunchtimes between 11am - 2pm. Even though their opening hours are technically until midnight on most days, they’ll close when they run out of soup - so you should go for lunch!
For more Osaka ramen choices, see our Best Ramen In Osaka page.
3-6-10 Nishinakajima, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka-shi, 532-0011
Monday-Friday: 11:30am-3:30pm, 6pm-3am
Saturday, Sunday and national holidays: 11:30am-12am
Train: 4-minute walk from Minamikata Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line.
Subway: 4-minute walk from exit 1 of Nishinakajima-Minamigata Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line.
:: Read customer reviews of Ramen King on TripAdvisor.
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