A popular ramen shop that taps into all the flavors of the chicken
Toritani is a 15-minute walk from the Hankyu Railway’s Saiin Station. It’s known for its delicious Ramen, which uses non-additive chicken. Toritani, whose owner previously worked for another famous Japanese restaurant, serves ramen that are the results of improvement after improvement; just the smell of the soup is enough to let you known that it’s better than most other ramen. The soup has just the right amount of chickeney flavor, with char siu that has a mouthfeel that can’t be found anywhere else; it’s no wonder that, since its 2014 opening, Toritani has become so popular, with the long lines to prove it. Inside, the store has the plain wooden interior and relaxed atmosphere of a classic Japanese restaurant. The service is 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 ramen that uses Japanese chicken as a base. The soup uses only natural ingredients, which emphasizes the chicken’s flavor, and creates a gentle soup 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; this is a seriously well-made dish. The ramen also comes with fresh radish sprouts and white onion, which match the ramen perfectly. With one bite, you’ll instantly be able to understand and appreciate how much went into making just this one bowl of ramen.
Jukusei Torisoba – 熟成鶏そば / ￥750
Another Toritani speciality, Jukusei Torisoba. Toritani’s most popular dish is a thick, soy sauce-based ramen. Jukusei Torisoba is made from boiling water and braised chicken, then seafood stock is added. The flavor of the chicken is condensed into the soup, which goes great with the noodles. After you finish eating, you’ll want to drink the soup, as well. This ramen’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, 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, the Oyster Hakke Soba. This ramen’s made with light-brown miso, and an extremely light, transparent soup full of flavors from oysters and a hint of sweetness. People who like seafood-based 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 get it on the day you go, but if you can, we definitely recommend it.
Buttered Rice with Chicken and Roast Pork- 鶏とローストポークのバターご飯 / ￥250
This dish is Toritani’s char siu chicken and pork placed over freshly-cooked rice and toasted. The thick glaze of the char siu has a pleasant strong smell and the buttered rice fits perfectly with it. Saying this is the best 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 should be able to convey the meaning by pointing at what you want.
- 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: Chashu 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).
People who eat a lot often get the “Omori” and those only wanting a normal amount should get the “Namimori.”
4.1 food4.5 service4.0 atmosphere3.8
4.7 food4.8 service4.7 atmosphere4.6
Isaac Mills - offthetrackjapan.com
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|