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Member Reviews (2)
- Ichiran (一蘭)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5First to ReviewOct 27, 2013
Local chain with excellent ramen. The whole experience is fascinating: from ordering your meal via a computer to sitting down at your individual stall to eat the ramen. You also fill out a survey to get your ramen exactly the way you like.
- Ichiran (一蘭)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Aug 04, 2013
The experience of eating at Ichiran is best described as anti-social. Like leave me alone, I am eating! There are no tables, instead there are individual partitions here so that the ramen is the only thing you are focused on. Hence, this is great for the single eater since there is no awkwardness about eating at a restaurant alone.
To dine here, you buy a ticket in front. This is strictly a ramen place with a choice of toppings. Once you get the ticket, you wait till you see a space open on the availability board. For the ramen, you fill out a form regarding the ramen specifications. Questions includes how rich the broth base should be and how firm the ramen is. I like this approach since it leaves it up to you to decide.
Once ready, a faceless staff member presents you the ramen from an opening in your eating stall. You basically just see their hands giving you the ramen. It is a bit interesting from a cultural perspective. The ramen bowls at this location at Canal City are special in that the ramen is served in rectangular bowls.
The ramen here is extraordinary. The best ramen that I have ever had and one that sets the bar for how future bowls of ramen are rated based on. Eating Hakata ramen in Fukuoka is a must and Ichiran is an awesome place to do so.