Slurp In Privacy: Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran (一蘭)

Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to introduce Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran.

Slurp In Privacy: Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran (一蘭)

Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran is one of the most popular/famous ramen restaurant chains in Japan and its unique system is quite known. This time we visited a location in Hiroshima City.

Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran

Purchase a Ticket

We need to purchase a ticket at a vending machine before having seats. Employees would assist you if necessary.

Seats

Alright, let’s have a seat. The biggest difference between Ichiran and other restaurants is that tables are divided by partitions in order to focus on eating with privacy.

Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran

Customize Your Ramen

Before passing your ticket, you need to fill the form to customize your ramen as you like. You could pick thickness of soup, hardness of noodles, spiciness and so on. When ya ready, leave the form and the ticket at the window right in front of you. Staff will come over and pick them up.

Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran

Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran

Focus on Ramen

One weird thing I found is customers don’t face employees at all. I didn’t even see their faces but hands when my ramen got slipped in through the window. Anyway, now it’s time to enjoy the noodles without interruptions.

Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran

It tastes good! Creamier and richer than average, I would say. After having some, mix the spicy stuff in the middle and make some change.

Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran

Toppings

If you would like to have toppings or refill noodles (Kaedama), fill in the form and call staff by pressing the button on the table. You shall be served in a sec.

Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran

Tonkotsu Ramen Ichiran

OK, let’s call it a day.

Information

Website: https://en.ichiran.com/

Lastly

How do you find it? If you like ramen, it may be worth a try. It’s a whole new experience.

See you around!

Freshly Roasted Coffee: KoenBench Cafe in Okayama

What’s up? It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to introduce KoenBench Cafe in Okayama.

Freshly Roasted Coffee: KoenBench Cafe in Okayama

Specialty of this place is freshly roasted coffee. Let’s see how fresh it could be.

Here comes. It looks like a kominka (traditional Japanese house). Neat.

Step through the door, raw coffee beans await in the rack. It was my first time to see raw coffee beans. So it looks greenish before roasted huh. Interesting.

 

If you aren’t sure how each bean is like, take a look at this chart. You may find out what you like. You can drink inside the store as well.

 

 

This place mainly sells beans for take out but there is a little eat-in space as well. The owner starts roasting after we picked our beans, so it takes like 20 minutes. Make sure you got enough time.

Nice garden view. I totally forgot we were in central Okayama!

I also got a mousse along with my coffee. I don’t deserve talking about coffee really. So just to tell my thought, it smelled very different. I guess freshly roasted coffee can produce this aroma.

Perhaps fresh stuff isn’t always the best like meat and wine, etc., but I learned that fresh coffee totally differs. Very cool. I feel like trying aged coffee at Meijiya Cafe once again. Perhaps I could tell the difference now. Hehe.

Information

Name KoenBench
Access 2-1-17 Bancho, Kitaku, Okayama
Business Hours 10:00-19:00

Closed: Tuesdays

Contact 086-206-7612
Website https://www.koenbench.com/

 

Lastly

How do you find it? It was a whole new experience for me. I would like to go back sometime for sure.

See you around!