Nov. 24, 2020 UPDATE
Takayasu- 高安 -
Staff can respond to simple English.
1657 8 7.1 3 reviews
Story & Recommendation
Ramen in a creamy chicken-based soup and aromatic curry-flavored karaage
Takayasu is one of the most famous restaurants in Kyoto, located a 5-minute walk from the Eizan Electric Railway Ichijoji Station. The restaurant’s main claims to fame are their painstakingly prepared creamy, cloudy chicken or pork-based soups, their large curry-flavored karaage(Japanese fried chicken), and the almost excessively generous servings of rice. Befitting a famous restaurant, it is always extremely crowded. The interior has a trendy café-style atmosphere, and many women come here for solo dining.
Noodle / ￥800
Takayasu’s basic ramen. The soup is creamy and extremely light. Compared with other Kyoto ramen shops, it may seem a bit thin, but it is very flavorful, so it packs more than enough deliciousness on its own. If you feel like it’s missing something, try adding a little of the hot and spicy nira on the table. The flavor of the soup will enhance the spiciness, giving it more punch. It is extremely spicy, so be careful not to add too much.
Fried Chicken / 3pieces ￥460
Their famous curry-flavored karaage. They are boneless, tender, and quite big. Takayasu’s ramen is light, so it pairs well with the stronger seasoning of the karaage.
Rice / ￥180
Look at the size of that! At Takayasu, you can order rice for ￥170, but you are free to set the portions yourself. If you order the L size, they will bring you a mountain of rice the like the one in the photo, so we recommend M size for men and S size for women.
Noodle with beef steak / ￥850
The Noodle with beef steak is the most popular dish among local ramen lovers. It is the regular Takayasu ramen with beef steak and slightly sweeter seasoning. It may look rich, but it is not too heavy, and the flavor is different from the regular soup. You should order this if you like stronger seasoning.
How to Order
If you speak to the staff in English, they will give you the English version of the menu, so you can look at that to make ordering easier. You select the type of ramen first, and if you need rice or karaage, you order that at the same time. At lunch time, the set menu offers good value, so you may want to consider it.
- Order Tips -
If you have ever had ramen before, you will probably want to select the amount of noodles, but this restaurant does not offer the common serving sizes for noodles (Large, etc.). That said, they instead have a system called "Kaedama", which lets you add more noodles to your left over soup for a charge of ￥170. If you are running low on noodles and want Kaedama, call over a member of the staff and tell them, “Kaedama wo kudasai.”