Men-ya Eguchi is just out of Osaka city in the Esaka prefecture but it is worth the trek – and the time spent queuing up outside. It is a small shop and an absolute favorite for anyone working and living near Esaka. The speciality is their basic tsukemen, a bowl of noodles eaten after being dipped into a separate bowl of soup. The portions are very generous, so it’s great value for the price and will leave you full satiated.
1-4-20 Esakacho, Suita, Osaka, Japan, +81 663 380 077
Hokkaido Nagurikomi Ramen Betsubara
Hokkaido Nagurikomi Ramen Betsubara is located in a peaceful, residential neighborhood right by the Nishinagahori subway station. This tiny restaurant is a family-run business. They specialize in ramen from Hokkaido, in which the noodles are thicker and the soup is made of konbu and tonkotsu instead of the typical shoyu or miso-based ramen. The restaurant gives off an exclusive vibe as they have capped the amount of bowls they serve a day to just 100 bowls, so try to get there around lunch time to get your fill of Hokkaido ramen in Osaka.
3-7-5 Shinmachi, Nishi-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 665 357 218
Miso ramen is usually not a crowd favorite as it tends to be quite light in character, but at Kurobune they make a one-of-a-kind miso ramen full of zest and aroma. The restaurant has got a wide selection of ramen beyond the miso variety and their set meal is great value for money. If you enjoy your meal and plan to go back, they also have a members card, which entitles you to a free side dish every time you return.
1-6-5 Kitahorie, Nishi-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 665 310 241
If you’re on the hunt for Osaka’s best shoyu ramen, look no further than Sodaisho. Located in the north side of the city, this small ramen restaurant has lines that stretch out the door. Ramen comes in all kinds of soups like shoyu, miso and tonkotsu. At Sodaisho, they are well-known for their shoyu (soy sauce) broth because of its strong flavor.
2-4-16 Ukida, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 663 758 260
Men-Ya 7.5 Hz+
At Men-Ya 7.5Hz+ you’ll be seated in an individual booth so it’s a more private dining experience than other places and you won’t have to feel shy even if you do go alone. The ramen is quite cheap and very filling. The soup has quite a rich and deep flavor, which is unique to 7.5Hz+. Their shoyu ramen comes recommended, which is delicious.
1-1-4, Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 662 126 616