First, buy tickets from the ticket machine. Put money into it, choose your ramen, and press the button. They have no English menu so I recommend deciding what you want to order beforehand. Note that the ramen tickets are bought when you enter the restaurant. Take care not to cut the line – wait for your turn to buy the tickets.
All the side menu items at Menya Ikku are also delicious so if you’re feeling hungry, please order some. I recommend their TKG (tamago-kake-gohan, or rice topped with a raw egg). The rice bowl is, besides the raw egg, also topped with green onion and chicken flakes. The chicken flakes are made by shaving specially processed chicken. As you bite into it, you get a mouthful of chicken umami, and as you chew on it, the umami just gets stronger. The egg and chicken shavings go really well together, and the fragrant chicken flakes make the richness of the egg stand out even more.
My recommended way of eating this dish is not to mix everything together, but to first carefully break the yolk, and then pour some soy sauce on it, and then carefully mixing everything together, but not too strongly.
TKG may not be something popular overseas, but the TKG at Menya Ikku is especially tasty and they use only the finest toppings. Recommended especially for those who have not had TKG before.
|Address||17 Karahashi Nishihiragaki-cho, Minami-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture|
|Directions||A 1-minute walk from JR Nishioji Station.|
|Open Hours||11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Only open for lunch on Sundays, closed for dinner.|
|Closed||Open every day unless otherwise noted (check Twitter).|
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
|Good for||Solo, Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children|
They only have their menu in Japanese, but they can speak some simple English.
|Lanuages spoken||Some simple English|
|Number of seats||10|
|Private dining rooms||No|
|Non smoking / smoking||Nonsmoking|