Apr. 24, 2019 UPDATE

Menya Takei | TauT Hankyu Rakusaiguchi

- 麺屋たけ井 TauT(トート)阪急洛西口店 -
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?
Tsukemen (Medium)
1Recommended
Tsukemen (Medium) / ¥900(Excl. Tax)
Menya Takei Rakusaiguchi’s standard, Tonkotsu Gyokai Tsukemen. Get stuck in by dipping Menya Takei’s unique super thick, super chewy and slippery-smooth noodles in the thick pork bone and seafood based soup. This Tsukemen can only be described as the very best. The thick and umami-filled Tonkotsu Gyokai soup cling astonishingly well to the thick noodles, which you’ll slurp down and empty the bowl of before you know it. On top of the soup sits a helping of white scallions and a piece of seaweed, and on the noodles, a wonderful smelling slice of pork Chashu. We highly recommend this bowl of Tsukemen to those lovers of really thick ramen broths.
Tanrei Asari Soba (Clam derived salt base) (Medium)
2Recommended
Tanrei Asari Soba (Clam derived salt base) (Medium) / ¥830 (Excel. Tax)
Another staple of Menya Takei Rakusaiguchi is the light clam filled Tanrei Asari Soba. This ramen is an incredibly light Tanrei ramen and is unlike the Tsukemen mentioned above in every way. When you take your first bite of this ramen, you’ll start wiggling in your seat with delight as the delicate flavors of the clams, and mild flavors of the salt fill your mouth. The notably thin noodles are soft and go down easy, so they can be slurped up in no time. Which is also why we think this is the perfect bowl of ramen for after a night out on the town. On top of the handful of clams, this ramen is also topped with white scallions, chicken Chashu, a boiled egg, and Mitsuba. We recommend this ramen to those who love lighter or more refined ramen. *By the way, “Tanrei ramen” has been sort of trending recently. Tanrei ramen refers to ramen with clear and less murky broths. Compared to the thick soups of tonkotsu or chicken toripaitan ramen, Tanrei ramen’s soup goes down easy and has more delicate and refined flavors, which is also why it’s become incredibly popular recently, especially amongst women.
Tokusei Special Tsukemen (Medium)
3Let's Try!
Tokusei Special Tsukemen (Medium) / ¥1,160(Excl. Tax)
This special “Tokusei Tsukemen,” which is the Tsukemen mentioned above plus toppings, is the beautiful poster child of Menya Takei and has all the essence of the store crammed into a single bowl. In addition to classic pork Chashu, it’s also topped with a more uncommon pork Chashu, an amazing smelling grilled chicken Chashu, two fat sticks of chewy Menma bamboo shoot, a boiled egg, and two sheets of seaweed. It goes without saying that being able to achieve this level of over-the-top extravagance for only an extra ¥260 is insane in and of itself, but I’m not here to talk about the price, I really want to mention just how high quality of a bowl of Tsukemen this is. Each and every component of this Tsukemen boasts a certain quality that I’ve just never had before, and on top of that, are all unbearably delicious; especially the super thick Menma bamboo shoots, which have a bit of a chew, while still maintaining a fantastic tenderness. They almost feel like extra pieces of some kind of meat they’re so good. The Tsukemen soup also features Menma in it too, so you can enjoy double the bamboo goodness in this Tsukemen.
Mito Straw Natto
4Let's Try!
Mito Straw Natto / ¥250(Excl. Tax)
One other dish I want to bring some attention to at Menya Takei is the Mito Straw Natto. Apparently natto begun to be sold in the restaurant because the owner loved it so much. The flavor of this straw wrapped natto is just outstanding. You can mix it in with your noodles after giving it a good mix itself, you can mix it in the soup and eat them together, or even order some rice on the side and eat it with that, the way you eat this dish is entirely up to you. Our recommended way of eating the natto is, first mix them with your noodles, then dip them both in the Tsukemen soup and finally slurp it all up together. When you do this, you slightly dull the flavors of the soup and will be able to enjoy some different flavors. This natto is bigger, sticker and has stronger umami flavors than the natto you’d usually find at the supermarket, so we highly recommend it to any natto lovers out there. (For natto virgins, we’d say give this one a pass. Maybe try natto somewhere else before deciding to take on this straw cradled beast)
How to Order

how to order - Takei

First, you purchase a ticket at the ticket machine inside the store. 

Insert your money, choose the ramen you want and press the button.

There’s no English menu, so we recommend deciding on what you want in advance.

What we would like you to pay attention to is, purchase your ticket as soon as you’ve entered the store.

Also, please make sure, especially when people are queuing, that you don’t cut in front of anyone to get your ticket. 


- Order Tips -

tips - Takei

We recommend adding the “Gyokai Dashi” soup stock to your Tsukemen soup once you’ve finished all your noodles.

Menya Takei do not leave the Gyokai Dashi on the tables, so once you have finished call out to the staff and say “Suupu o mo te kite kudasai” (スープを持ってきてください) and they’ll happily bring it over.

 

By adding the warm the dashi stock to your left over Tsukemen soup you’ll create a light soup that’s easy to drink. 

Tentatively, you want to pour in about as much soup was originally in the bowl, and then from there adjust to your liking.

We recommend about three parts Tsukemen soup to one part dashi stock.


3.5 food3.5 service3.2 atmosphere3.8
Price
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Yama
3.8 food4.0 service3.5 atmosphere4.0
I actually live in the same neighborhood as “Menya Takei Rakusaiguchi” and go there after week about once a week. I was a big fan of the original Menya Takei in Joyo to the south of Kyoto City and went there for Tsukemen a number of times. However, unfortunately, as it’s really far from my house, I could never go there that often and was always itching to get a fix of it. So when I heard that they were opening a store near my house, I literally jumped for joy. Takei-san’sTsukemen are of extremely high quality and are deliciously rich. But I also think that they might not be the best for those who aren’t the biggest fans of thick, Tonkotsu or Gyokai based ramen. However, for those who do like their ramen broths on the thicker side, these Tsukemen are absolutely to die for. Highly recommend trying them at least once.
Yumemi
3.3 food3.5 service3.0 atmosphere3.5
I’m quite a ramen lover myself and go to ramen restaurants quite a bit, but out of all the ramen restaurants I’ve been to in my life, Menya Takei is by far the most comfortable. The entire place is lit up like a café, giving it a really welcoming feel, even to girls like me going by themselves. What really left an impression on me from Menya Takei’s signature Tsukemen was the pork Chashu. The fantastic smelling thick piece of meat goes perfectly with the rich Tsukemen. The Chashu was so good and of such high quality that it wouldn’t be strange to come here just to try it. The restaurant’s a little far from my house, but it’s become one of my favorites, and I’ll definitely be going again! Thank you for the meal, Menya Takei!
Vincent
3.3 food3.0 service3.0 atmosphere4.0
Menya Takei's second store in the south of Kyoto always caught my eye with its stylish and modern design, but I never took the time out to actually go. So I was so happy to get the opportunity to check out their new store in the Hankyu Rakusaiguchi station’s TauT group of shops. Menya Takei's Gyoza pot stickers, karaage, thick Tsukemen, and much lighter shellfish ramen are all great, but I feel like the real appeal here is the restaurant itself. Menya Takei feels like it was made by someone who just wanted to sit down for a bowl of ramen and not have to worry about cramped seating or dirty countertops. It kind of reminded me of somewhere like Momofuku, where you can sit down at a nice clean table like a regular restaurant, relax and enjoy some high-quality ramen at your own pace. The wide-open and modern design of this restaurant makes it perfect for small groups like families or couples.
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Menya Takei | TauT Hankyu Rakusaiguchi / 麺屋たけ井 TauT(トート)阪急洛西口店
Category Ramen
Phone +81 75-391-3633
Address Eng: 59-2 Kawashima Rokunotsubocho, Nisikyo, Kyoto 615-8103, Kyoto Prefecture Jap: 京都府京都市西京区川島六ノ坪町50-2
Directions 1 Minute Walk from Hankyu Railway “Rakusaiguchi” Station
Open Hours 11:00 to 14:30 17:00 to 22:30 (L.O.22:00)
Reservations Unavailable
Closed None
Price range
Credit cards Cash Only
Good for Solo, Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
The staff can speak basic English. Menya Takei Rakusaiguchi is located inside the shopping complex right outside the Rakusaiguchi station’s ticket gates.
Menu Japanese
Lanuages spoken Basic English
Number of seats 24 Seats (Counter Seats: 10, Table Seats: 14)
Private dining rooms Unavailable
Non smoking / smoking Non-smoking
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