One of the things that I love most about Japan is Ramen, and after a long drive all the way from Seikai in Beppu, we were starving for just some simple ramen for dinner. We looked around close to the ANA Crowne Plaza Fukuoka and found that there was an Ichiran close to the station.
It was about 4:30 when we got there and definitely not normal dinner time, so we were a bit surprised that there was still a line.
It wasn’t a really long wait, but once inside, the friendly staff guided us to the individual stalls that Ichiran is famous for and provided us with the Ego (English) menus. With the Ichiran chains, you can choose the thickness, spiciness, firmness and multiple other features of the ramen – effectively building your very own favourite ramen.
Once you’re done with your order, all you need to do is ring the bell and pass the note behind curtain, and within moments, the ramen comes from through the window and then the blinds close to allow you to spend your special moment with your ramen.
Now, Ichiran is definitely not the best ramen I’ve had so far, that place goes to 鬼金棒 (Kikanbou in Kanda), but what I do like about them is that they are very consistent with their quality and their soup satisfies the ramen crave sufficiently. The noodles had a good texture (a key for me) but next time I would opt for even more chilli (I love my chilli!!).
Once you’re finished, you just need to bid farewell to your lovely bowl and leave happy!