Dec. 28, 2018 UPDATE

Syakariki Honten - Main store

- しゃかりき本店 -
A pioneer of Kyoto Tsukemen
Syakariki is a restaurant, a 10-minute walk from JR Nijo Station, serving Tsukemen, Ramen. This restaurant is known for its seafood Tsukemen, featuring mixed with thick noodles with lots of body. While the Ramen is also good, you should try the Tsukemen if it's your first time here. “Tsukemen” is essentially a type of Ramen in which the noodles and tsukejiru (dipping soup) are kept separate, and the noodles are dipped in the soup before eating, similar to zarusoba. The soup (tsukejiru) is often more strongly flavored than regular ramen. Syakariki is something of a pioneer among Tsukemen restaurants in Kyoto, and is still the most popular of such restaurants. You should definitely pay a visit if you like Tsukemen.
Rich Seafood Tsukemen (+All Topping)
Rich Seafood Tsukemen (+All Topping) / ¥1,380
Syakariki's most famous dish, Rich Seafood Tsukemen. Although it uses a bonito soup base, pork, chicken, and other seafood are added to give a complex flavor that cannot be found elsewhere. Even people who don't like fish should try it, as it has none of the bitterness or smell associated with fish. The scent of wheat wafts from the noodles, and the thick noodles are as elastic as udon; it goes well with rich seafood soups. I personally recommend all the toppings. It costs an extra 550 yen, but adding egg, char siu pork, menma, and more to the tsukemen soup makes Syakariki's Tsukemen even better without being too much. After finishing the noodles, you should put the rest of the tsukemen soup into the dashi in the pot on top of the table and drink it all up.
BBQ rice
BBQ rice / ¥350
Part of Syakariki side menu, it's the BBQ rice. This dish features char siu pork glazed with a homemade soy sauce, onions, and mayonnaise placed on top of freshly-cooked rice, then grilled from above with a burner. As soon as you take a bite, your mouth will fill with a rich flavor and scent. You will love it. It's rather heavy, so be careful if you're getting the Tsukemen at the same time.
Salty Tsukemen
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Salty Tsukemen / ¥830
A light Tsukemen with a salty base. The tsukemen soup is, compared to the Rich Seafood Tsukemen, smooth and easy to digest. I personally think it's rather light; it would go well with the BBQ rice. It's even better after a night of drinking.
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Nira / Free
If you want to add a special touch to your Tsukemen, add some nira found at your table. The crunchy feel mixed with the pungent spiciness will make your tsukemen taste quite different from usual. Syakariki's nira isn't that spicy, so feel free to add a lot.
How to Order

You will be given an English menu if you address the staff in English after entering, making it easy to order.

- Order Tips -

If you want more noodles, you can get the Oomori for an extra 100 yen. Just say the following words:

Oomori ni shitekudasai.

Most women order the regular, while most men get the oomori.

3.5 food3.5 service3.3 atmosphere3.8
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.7 food4.0 service3.0 atmosphere4.0
While I personally like the Rich Seafood Tsukemen, I also recommend the Japanese dried small sardines Tsukemen; it has body and a light flavor, and it has a flavor you can't find anywhere else. Its sister store, Ichijoji Boogie, also has very delicious tsukemen. If that interests you, I highly recommend you make your way there.
3.3 food3.0 service3.5 atmosphere3.5
Syakariki has the best tsukemen in all of Kyoto. This store is unique for having a choice of five different soups for its tsukemen. While it can be hard to choose, I personally recommend the salty soup. Syakariki's tsukemen isn't the only delicious menu item here; the ramen, karaage, gyoza, and rice-based dishes are all also good, so make sure to check the side menu as well for something you like. My personal favorite is the grilled BBQ bowl!
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Syakariki Honten - Main store / しゃかりき本店
Category Ramen
Phone +81 75-813-5198
Address 3-9, Jurakumawari Higashimachi, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8404
Directions 10-minute walk from JR Nijo
Open Hours 11am - 12:30am
Reservations No
Closed Open everyday
Notes It gets busy during the afternoon, causing up to 10-15 minute waits. The line goes faster than it looks.
Price range
- ¥1,000
Credit cards No
Good for Solo, With Friends
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
There shouldn't be any problems if you stick to simple English.
Menu English
Lanuages spoken Basic English
Number of seats 16 seats
Private dining rooms Nothing
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking
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