A popular ramen shop that releases all the flavor of the chicken
Toritani is a 15-minute walk from the Hankyu Railway’s Saiin Station. This store is known for its delicious Ramen, which uses chicken with no non-natural ingredients. Toritani, whose owner previously worked for another famous Japanese restaurant, features ramen that is the result of improvement upon improvement; just the scent of the soup is enough to tell that it is better than most other ramen. The soup has just the right amount of chicken flavor, with char siu that has a mouthfeel that cannot be found at other ramen places; it’s no wonder that, since its 2014 opening, it has become extremely popular, with the long lines to prove it. The inside of the store has the plain wooden base and relaxed atmosphere of a typical Japanese restaurant. The service is very polite, yet friendly, with smiles on both the staff and customers a frequent sight. Due to its popularity, it attracts customers from all walks of life, from tourists to locals.
Torisoba - 鶏そば / ￥750
Toritani’s speciality Torisoba. A lightly flavored, soy sauce-based ramen that uses Japanese chicken as a base. The soup uses only natural ingredients, which emphasizes the chicken’s flavor, and creates a gentle flavor similar to Kamo Nanban Soba - 鴨なんばそば( a popular Kyoto soba dish combining thick sliced roast duck breast and green onion). The ramen features luxurious-looking char siu chicken and pork in generous portions, with noodles that go perfectly with it; it is definitely a well-made item. It also comes with fresh radish sprouts and white onion, which matches the ramen perfectly. With one bite, you’ll instantly be able to understand and appreciate how much went into making just this one bowl.
Jukusei Torisoba – 熟成鶏そば / ￥750
Another Toritani speciality, Jukusei Torisoba. Toritani’s most popular menu item, it is a thick, soy sauce-based ramen. Jukusei Torisoba is made from boiled water with chicken boiled until liquified, with seafood soup added in. The flavor of the chicken is condensed into the soup, which goes well with the noodles; after you finish eating, you’ll want to drink the soup, as well. It’s almost addictive, and just because you’ve finished eating doesn’t mean you’ll put down your chopsticks. At your table you will find black pepper, shichimi, and Japanese pepper, and more; add them to your ramen to change the flavor. We recommend eating about half before adding any spices.
Oyster Hakke Soba - カキの白鶏そば / ￥750
Only available for a limited time at Toritani is the Oyster Hakke Soba. It’s made with light-brown miso, and an extremely light, transparent soup full of oyster flavor, with a hint of sweetness. People who like seafood-type soups should definitely try it. Toritani is always studying and developing new types of ramen, and the menu changes daily. While the Torisoba and Jukusei Torisoba are part of the set menu and can almost always be ordered, everything else is subject to changing daily. The Oyster Hakke Soba is a limited time menu item, so we can’t guarantee you’ll be able to eat it on the day you go, but if you can, we definitely recommend you do.
Buttered Rice with Chicken and Roast Beef - 鶏とローストポークのバターご飯 / ￥250
Toritani’s char siu chicken and pork placed on top of freshly-cooked rice and toasted. The thick glaze of the char siu has a strong, pleasant scented, and the buttered rice goes quite harmoniously with it. Saying it is the most delicious donburi of any Kyoto ramen shop’s side menu would not be an overstatement.
How to Order
The day’s menu is written down and placed on top of your table. In general, no one speaks English, but if you point at what you want the meaning should go through.
- Order Tips -
If you want a larger serving, you can get the (Omori) for an extra ￥50. In addition, you can get more char siu chicken for an extra ￥150. If you want the Omori, say: Men wo Omori ni shite kudasai. (I would like a large serving of noodles) If you want more Char-Siu chicken, say: Char-Siu wo Fuyashite kudasai. (More Char-Siu, please) You should say this as you order (the Char-Siu is popular and prone to selling out, so don’t be surprised if you can’t order an extra serving). Men often get the (Omori) and women the (Namimori).
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Toritani / 鶏谷
|Address||1-22, Saiin Shijobatacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, 615-0066|
|Directions||15-minute walk from Hankyu Saiin Station.|
|Open Hours||Monday - Friday：11:30am - 2:30pm,6pm - 10:00pm Saturday：11:30am - 3pm, 6pm- 10:00pm|
|Notes||This place is busy all day long, so expect to wait 30 minutes to an hour for a seat.|
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
|Good for||Solo, With Friends|
No problems, as long as you keep your English simple.
|Lanuages spoken||Basic English|
|Number of seats||12 seats|
|Private dining rooms||Nothing|
|Non smoking / smoking||Non smoking|