Monday, April 27, 2015


Location: Kourakuen
Rating: Not great
Meal:  Lunch for 3
Price:  2500 yen
Payment:  Cash Only
Dishes: Ramen, Gyoza and Chahan
English Menu: No
Smoking: No

Kourakuen doesn't have any romanized lettering, but it's hard to miss.  It has a giant parking lot and huge yellow signs with red kanji.  I had to look up how to pronounce it's name online.  As far as pluses go, it's fairly common, it's cheap, and it has a parking lot, so it's handy if you are in a car looking for lunch by the side of the road.  Otherwise, there's not much to report.  We ended up at this place after desperately searching for 3 other, probably better, restaurants, but as the sun kept beating down on us, everyone was getting tired of hiking around the area and we saw the big yellow sign beckoning.

Asari Shio Ramen
No english menus here, but you can figure it out by the pictures.  The options are pretty simple, with a few seasonal specials.  The prices are pretty rock bottom for ramen, and the tables are fairly large, so you'll see lots of families with kids here often.  Gourmet ramen this ain't, but the kiddies like it.  Actually, my son was happy with the chahan (fried rice) and gyoza.

Kurogoma Miso Ramen
 My wife had the asari (clam) salt ramen as that was a bit unusual, one of the seasonal specials.  I was taken in by the black sesame miso ramen.  None of it was particularly good.  The flavors were bland and unimpressive, mostly just salt.  The gyoza was alright, but again, nothing special.

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