Feb. 07, 2020 UPDATE
Bishiya- びし屋 -
They can respond to simple English.
722 1 7.5 2 reviews
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Mellow tonkotsu and soy sauce ramen with an aromatic whiff of seafood
Bishiya is a ramen restaurant located a 4-minute walk from the Eizan Electric Railway Ichijoji Station. Even in Ichijoji, the site of fierce competition among ramen restaurants, it boasts top class popularity, and it is the most famous restaurant in Kyoto where you can enjoy "Iekei Ramen". Iekei Ramen is a type of Japanese ramen that originated in Yokohama. It refers to ramen composed of a rich tonkotsu (pork bone) and soy sauce soup with firm, thick noodles, char siu pork, spinach, and nori seaweed. Bishiya’s specialty is this rich tonkotsu and soy sauce ramen, of course. The main features of its flavor are an ultra-rich soup packed with the savory flavor of pork and a chicken and seafood dashi broth with a contrasting polished aftertaste and delicate aroma. The restaurant is lined with chic furniture beyond the counter, and has a stylish atmosphere that is welcoming to women.
Tonkotsu and Soy Sauce Ramen / (Regular) ￥680
Bishiya’s number one specialty, tonkotsu and soy sauce ramen. The combination of slowly simmered tonkotsu soup and carefully prepared seafood and chicken dashi broth lets you experience a rich and mellow flavor that sets it apart from ordinary tonkotsu ramen. It is topped with char siu pork, spinach, and nori seaweed, of course. It also contains mokuji mushrooms with a pleasing firm texture. The rich soup, standard toppings, and firm, thick noodles complement each other perfectly.
Karaage / ￥380
Karaage is one of Bishiya’s side dishes. The meatiness and tenderness of the chicken, the seasoning of the batter, and its compatibility with ramen are all excellent. Another good point is that they always serve it fresh out of the fryer. There are not many ramen restaurants that give this much attention to their karaage.
Aemen / ￥800
Aemen is a type of ramen that typically is eaten without soup, but instead with sauce or toppings mixed in with the noodles. It is also sometimes called maze soba, abura soba, or shirunashimen. This dish has started to spread only recently, so even many people in Japan do not know about it. Bishiya’s aemen is somewhat lightly flavored, but it has a gentle seafood aroma, and the mitsuba topping and special soy-based sauce emphasize the refined and delicious flavors. If you have never had aemen, you will want to give it a try.
Seasoning / Free
If you would like to give a little extra accent to your Ramen, try adding some of the seasonings on the table. From left to right, they are: garlic, black pepper, and chili pepper. We personally recommend the garlic. Adding it to your Ramen gives the flavor of the soup more impact, doubling the deliciousness. That said, if you add too much, it will overwhelm the flavor of the soup, so be careful.
How to Order
First, buy a meal ticket from the meal ticket machine outside the restaurant. Put in your money, choose the type of Ramen you want, and press the button. They do not have an English menu, but the staff can help you to some extent if you ask in English. One thing to watch out for is timing buying your meal ticket to when you are entering the restaurant. When people are waiting in line, you should not cut ahead of them to buy a meal ticket.
- Order Tips -
If you would like to adjust the amount of noodles, for 50 extra you can order Chumori, and for 100 extra you can order Oomori, so when buying a ticket, you will want to press the button on the ticket machine marked 中 or 大. The portion size for Oomori is quite large, so Chumori for men or Namimori for women should be just right. For ladies, we recommend the Komori ramen and karaage set. If you would like to order this set, you should buy a meal ticket by pressing the button marked 豚骨醤油らーめんセット 小 at the bottom left on the ticket machine.