There is a store in Kyoto called Menbakaichidai where they sell fire ramen. When they say fire they don’t mean that it’s chilli or some pansy little flame. No they really mean fire where the flames reach the ceilings when a pot of hot oil is poured onto the ramen.
We came during non peak hour at about 9pm so we only had to wait for 15 mins before popping right in. Once you decide what you want, then it’s go time where you’re given an apron, hairs are tied back and phones are popped onto selfie sticks on video mode. No photos and no getting up is allowed when you get the fire ramen for your safety.
I was able to take a photo of someone else’s ramen and boy, I would not have wanted to have my camera out when this was happening right in front of me. They are big flames!!
They sell a spring onion ramen where the fire really gave a smoky flavour to the spring onions, pork slices and the broth. Thin noodles paired with a flavourfilled chicken, pork and fish broth went down a treat. The ramen wasn’t too bad but not the best I’ve had (I do have a preference for tonkotsu ramen so I am a bit biased here).
I can’t forget to mention the super friendly service where they really take care of you and have a chat (the son of the owner speaks English and gave us a guide book the owner wrote himself). They’re also willing to help you take photos and let you film the whole thing on a selfie stick. The fire was definitely worth seeing and would recommend it for the theater and thoughtful service :)
757-2, Minamiiseyacho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-Shi, Kyoto, 602-8153, Japan