Dishes Not to Be Missed from the Ramen Shop that Knows Everything There Is to Know about Chicken
Kirameki JAPAN is a ramen shop around ten minutes’ walk from Keihan Demachiyanagi Station. The restaurant, bearing the unique name of “Kirameki,” is in fact a franchise of the popular Kyoto ramen shop “Kiramekinotori.” Kirameki JAPAN’s specialty dish is without a doubt their “Tori Tonkotsu Ramen.” Not as heavy as regular tonkotsu ramen, but with the characteristic rich flavor of chicken. The chicken stock base (whose recipe was crafted through repeated trial and error by the owner), rich tonkotsu soup, and handmade noodles (made with no preservatives or artificial seasonings) combine in an almost orchestral harmony of flavors! It’s so perfect that you’ll be reminded how sweet it is to be alive after just one bite. The restaurant’s interior is modern and bright, with plain wood tones. There is a university nearby, so the shop is popular among students and always lively. While Kirameki JAPAN’s related stores (Kiramekinotori / キラメキノトリ, Yu-hi no Kirameki Ichijoji / 夕日のキラメキ一乗寺, Kirameki ChickenHeart / キラメキチキンハート) all share the same basic premise of handmade noodles and chicken stock, each nonetheless has its own unique characteristics. If you enjoy Kirameki JAPAN, then we highly recommend visiting one of the others as well — you won’t be let down.
Tori tonkotsu ramen (soy sauce flavor / large) / ￥850
This is the soy sauce flavored variety of Kirameki JAPAN’s signature dish, “Tori Tonkotsu Ramen.” The soup is thick and rich, but thanks to the chicken stock its flavor is far from overpowering. The noodles are of a medium thickness, and mix well with the rich soup. They’re sure to go down smooth! The green onions floating in the soup are crunchy and lightly spicy, and are the perfect companion for the strong flavor of the broth. The portions are rather generous, but we nonetheless recommend men order the larger size as it can be all too easy to eat it all up at once.
Tori tonkotsu ramen (salt flavor / large) / ￥850
Another top dish is the salt-flavored Tori Tonkotsu Ramen. It’s a little lighter than the soy sauce version, so it may be the better choice for those who prefer a little less seasoning. The delicious chicken and the rich tonkotsu are as above, but coupled with the mouthwatering additions of solid salty tones and sour citric flavors from the lemon added to the top of the soup, this is one dish that you won’t want to stop eating.
Taiwan Mazesoba "Naotaro" (Big) / ￥750
This rich ramen dish contains powerful seafood flavors and no soup. First of all, the chives, green onions, minced meat, nori seaweed, ground fish, garlic, and eggs in the bowl should be mixed well with the noodles and eaten. Once the noodles are all gone, the most delicious way to enjoy your Taiwan Mazesoba "Naotaro" is to add rice to the leftovers and polish them off. Mixing the ingredients together produces a rich and curious flavor that is bound to have you hooked. It’s pretty spicy though, so take care if you’re not a fan of spicy foods. You can choose from three sizes: 小(Small)・並(Medium)・大(Large). The price remains the same whichever you choose, so pick whichever you like.
Chicken and Pork Butter Rice / ￥250
This dish consists of sweet rice, cooked with butter, and bitter-sweet stewed chicken and char siu. The buttery rice is soft and silky smooth, and goes down very well. The colors are beautiful, too, making it for all the world like a dish from a high-class “kaiseki” banquet.
How to Order
Firstly, visitors should buy a meal ticket from the machine outside the shop. Insert your money, choose the Ramen you want, and press the button. There’s no English menu, but if you ask the staff something in English they should be able to help you.
- Order Tips -
If you’d like to change the amount of noodles in your dish, you can upgrade to an “Oomori” (Large) portion for an additional 100 or even a “Tokumori” portion for 150 more. Push the (大) or (特大) buttons accordingly on the machine to purchase your tickets.
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Kirameki JAPAN / キラメキ JAPAN
|Address||Yuuhikakukyouto Bld., 44, Tanaka Monzencho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8225|
|Directions||10-minute walk from Keihan Demachiyanagi|
|Open Hours||11am - 2:30pm | 6pm - 10:30pm|
|Notes||As the restaurant only recently opened on January 15th, 2016, it can be expected to get rather busy at lunchtimes, with possible waiting times of around 20 to 30 minutes.|
|Good for||Solo, With Friends|
If you speak in simple English, the staff will be able to assist you.
|Lanuages spoken||Basic English|
|Number of seats||About 10 seats|
|Private dining rooms||Nothing|
|Non smoking / smoking||Non smoking|