Thick Tonkotsu Gyokai Tsukemen — An entire feast crammed in a single bowl
“Menya Takei” is a Ramen & Tsukemen (dipping ramen) specialist.
Their newly opened Rakusaiguchi store is conveniently located not even a minute from the Hankyu Rakusaiguchi station.
The original, “Menya Takei Honten,” was an incredibly popular restaurant that boasted unceasing queues and was held in high regard within the Kyoto Tsukemen community.
In addition to Menya Takei’s original store, Hankyu Umeda store and R1 Go store (In Kyoto’s Yawata City); October 2018 saw the opening of the latest Rakusaiguchi store.
Above all else, Menya Takei is known for their Tonkotsu (pork bone broth) and Gyokai (seafood broth) Tsukemen. “Tonkotsu Gyokai” is a pretty standard type of Tsukemen; however, because of Menya Takei dedication to quality, their Tsukemen is thought to be unrivaled within Kyoto.
In addition to Tsukemen, Menya Takei’s Rakusaiguchi store also offer a lighter ramen too. This comes in the form of their light and refreshing clam soba, the Tanrei Asari Soba (淡麗あさり蕎麦).
Each Menya Takei store serves roughly the same Tsukemen, with slight variations in toppings, but the ramen change completely from store to store, which is great for us because it means we can have fun hopping from store to store comparing the different ramen!
The Rakusaiguchi station, where Menya Takei Rakusaiguchi is located, is in a popular up and coming residential area close to Kyoto Station and Shijo Karasuma and which is quickly becoming home to a number of restaurants.
Although there’s not much to do in the way of sightseeing in this area, Menya Takei’s location of not even a minute from the station means it’s incredibly conveniently located. So if you’re ever taking the Hankyu line from Osaka’s Umeda station to Karasuma or Kawaramachi in downtown Kyoto (or the other way around), then why not hop off at Rakusaiguchi station and try some of the best Tsukemen Kyoto has to offer?