Downtown RamenFeb. 19, 2016 UPDATE
A shio tonkotsu ramen shop, always with a long queue

Aitsuno-Ramen Kataguruma / あいつのラーメン かたぐるま

Aitsuno-Ramen Kataguruma
Aitsuno-Ramen Kataguruma is located a 12 minute walk from the JR Tambaguchi Station. The owner of this shop originally apprenticed at the very popular ramen shop Oreno-Ramen Appareya / 俺のラーメン あっぱれ屋, located in Joyo City in Kyoto before turning independent and opening his own place here. With a distinctive name, and a deeply rich tonkotsu soup that quickly attracted acclaim, in the blink of an eye, the shop became so popular that you will always see endless lines of customers waiting to be served...more.
The most famous item on the Aitsuno-Ramen Kataguruma menu is the shio tonkotsu ramen, prepared with deeply rich tonkotsu broth, extracted from simmering pork bone for several hours. With a distinct flavor that can absolutely never be found at any other shop, the taste which causes 10 out of 10 people to declare “this is delicious!” is of a level of quality which makes us imagine that perhaps we have witnessed, in some ways, the ultimate and definitive form of shio ramen.
The shop itself is a modern and brightly spacious environment, and frequented by an extremely large amount of female customers. As you will find it always very crowded, you should be prepared to line up for about 30 minutes at least.
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The place is always extremely crowded, so you can only go on days when you’re prepared to take on the challenge. But still, this is a ramen shop you’ll want to go to at least once a month. Personally I suggest a combination of Dakuton Shio Ramen and Aitsumeshi. You’ll be able to experience everything that makes Aitsuno-Ramen Kataguruma so great, and I highly recommend these two dishes. It’s just a short walk from Tambaguchi Station, and 1 taxi meter click from Kyoto Station as well, making it ve...morery convenient to get to – another bonus point.
Aitsuno-Ramen Kataguruma, a super popular shop in Kyoto where the lines of customers never end. Out of all the menu items, the Dakuton Shio Ramen is my number one recommendation, and said to be prepared with ramen aficionados in mind!
Dakuton Shio Ramen, with its distinctively rich and flavorful soup. With the fragrance of seafood in a tonkotsu-based soup, combining it with slightly thick noodles makes for an exquisite ramen. Toppings include nicely and moderately salted char siu, with a soft boiled egg, and while all the ingredients are delicious, the ultra thick bamboo shoots are very soft and especially superb. The Ultra Tsukemen, limited to 20 servings per day, features noodles with their own distinct texture, and a soup ...morethat is idiosyncratically different in flavor from the Dakuton Shio Ramen, and also a highly recommended item.
Kokuton Shio Ramen (Regular)
1Must Eat !
Kokuton Shio Ramen (Regular) / ¥750
The most popular item on the menu of Aitsuno-Ramen Kataguruma is Kokuton Shio Ramen.
This is a shio tonkotsu ramen, prepared by carefully simmering tonkotsu soup for several hours, and completed by simply seasoning it with salt. The soup is lighter than it looks, but has a full body, and with flavoring that is not too rich and not too thin, can appropriately be termed as just right. Special mention needs to be made of the perfect harmony of ingredients accomplished by this ramen. The flat noodl...morees and other ingredients are all homemade, but that’s not all. The chewy and textured flat noodles match perfectly with the soup, and together with rare char siu slices, and thick bamboo shoots, combine to form a superb level of compatibility, as if each of these ingredients existed precisely for the purpose of forming this perfect bowl of ramen.
Available on the counter top is some pepper oil, which when added in small doses to the soup, add some flavorful punch, and kick the umami flavor and body up another notch. As this oil matches well with all of the ramen and tsukemen(dipping noodles) offered at Aitsuno-Ramen Kataguruma, we wholeheartedly recommend that you try it out.
Dakuton Shio Ramen (Regular)
2Must Eat !
Dakuton Shio Ramen (Regular) / ¥800
The other famous item on the Aitsuno-Ramen Kataguruma menu is Dakuton Shio Ramen.
This can be described as making Kokuton Shio Ramen in an even richer version, for ramen aficionados.
Although this is a deep and rich soup, thick like potage, it strangely doesn’t feel heavy. The impression one gets is of maintaining the body and flavor of Kokuton Shio Ramen while seeking to preserve only its profound depth. A can’t-miss recommendation for lovers of deep and rich ramen.
Ultra Tsukemen
3Let's Try !
Ultra Tsukemen / ¥950
A shio tonkotsu flavored tsukemen, limited to only 20 servings per day.
To begin with, “Tsukemen” is a dish which, like zaru soba(soba served on a bamboo draining basket with dipping sauce) entails serving the noodles and soup(dipping sauce) separately, and is a form of ramen which is eaten by dipping the noodles in the soup. In many cases, the soup is prepared to be stronger than normal ramen soup.
Ultra Tsukemen is served with a creamy dipping sauce(much like cheese fondue) to be eaten with ...morethick noodles. The flavor retains the umami and body of Kokuton Shio Ramen while adding the delicious essence of something similar to a cheesy taste. As a meal it is much more substantial than it appears at first glance, and is recommended for diners who like extra volume in their meals. Since it sells out immediately, we suggest that customers who want to eat Ultra Tsukemen start lining up before the shop opens.
4Let's Try !
Aitsumeshi / ¥200
Aitsumeshi is a butter-flavored takikomi gohan(rice dish seasoned with sauces and various ingredients) dish. While seasoned lightly, the flavor of the butter-based dashi soup stock is exquisitely effective, and matches superbly with Aitsuno-Ramen Kataguruma. Personally, I think it’s so delicious that if I could, I would like to take this dish home as onigiri rice balls. When ordering ramen or tsukemen, we absolutely recommend that you order this as a side dish.
How to Order & Eat
Aitsuno-Ramen Kataguruma How to order & eatOn top of the tables are cards with the menu items written on them, and you order off of these cards. If you speak to the staff in English, they will accommodate you as best they can, but since there are no English language menus, things will go much more smoothly if you decide in advance what you would like to order.
- Order Tips -
At Aitsuno-Ramen Kataguruma, the noodle quantities for every ramen and tsukemen dish can be adjusted free of charge. When ordering ramen and tsukemen, the ordering methods for each vary a bit, so you should place your order with the staff in the following manner.

For ramen:
並(Medium):Nami mori ni shitekudasai.
大(Large):Oo mori ni shitekudasai.

For tsukemen:
小(Small):Syo mori ni shitekudasai.
中(Medium):Chu mori ni shitekudasai.
特大(Large):Toku mori ni shitekudasai !!!

Of all these dishes, the Large tsukemen comes in an extremely large amount, so be careful.
For most men, Medium will most likely be just the right amount.
Aitsuno-Ramen Kataguruma Interior Photo 1
Aitsuno-Ramen Kataguruma Appearance Photo
Aitsuno-Ramen Kataguruma / あいつのラーメン かたぐるま
Categories Ramen
Phone ---
Address Nishishichijo Nishihattandacho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, 600-8892
Directions 12-minute walk from JR Tanbaguchi Station.
Hours Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday: 10:30am - 2pm
Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 10:30am - 2pm, 6pm - 9pm
Reservations No
Closed Sundays
Notes Always very crowded, so it’s likely that you’ll find yourself waiting between 30 minutes to an hour.
Price range
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- ¥1,000
Credit cards No
Good for Solo, With Friends
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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Service available in simplified English.
Menu Japanese only
Languages spoken Basic English
Number of seats 16 seats
Private dining rooms Nothing
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking
Aitsuno-Ramen Kataguruma / あいつのラーメン かたぐるま --- - ¥1,000 3/3

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