ちょもらん麺 Chomoranmen

Chomoranmen was the second ramen shop I visited during my four days in Nagoya. That means I ate ramen twice in four days in August. But it was a cool (for August) and very rainy day, so ramen was a good choice.

01 Exterior

This place is opposite Nagoya TV Tower, just outside of exit 8B of Sakaemachi Station, but I walked there from my hotel.

02 Counter left    03 Counter right

I was greeted by a young, friendly Nepalese staff who recommended the shop specialty, miso ramen. I sat at the counter, behind which a large TV showed a variety program. There were four bookshelves full of manga in the corner. A few customers came and went while I was there, but it wasn’t busy.

05 Ramen

The service was quick. I received my ramen about a minute after sitting down. It was topped with one slice of pork, some boiled cabbage and a mountain of bean sprouts.

06 Soup

It was a thick, brown and flavourful soup with some spice and a thin layer of oil. It was excellent. The noodles were also very good — thick, firm and chewy. Notice how the soup just clings to them.

07 Noodles

This was a great bowl of ramen. It’s always nice to have a huge portion of bean sprouts and cabbage. And the soup was very filling, which is typical of miso ramen.

Score: 8.5/10

Location: Just outside of Sakaemachi Station, exit 8B

Address: 愛知県i名古屋市中区錦3-15-10

Price: From ¥730 (¥790 for miso ramen)

Seating: 14 counter seats, 8 table seats

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なるとや Naruto-ya

I said in my last post that I probably wouldn’t eat ramen again until after summer. But since I was travelling for a few days in the Chubu region and staying in Nagoya, I thought I’d try one of the local shops. The shop I decided to try was Naruto-ya which had good reviews on Ramen Database.

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I arrived to an empty shop at 6:45, although a few customers arrived while I was there. The shop itself was clean and a bit quiet apart from some J-pop playing over the speakers.

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One of the staff recommended the shio ramen as it was the most popular. They also had shoyu ramen and tsukemen. I went with the staff recommendation.

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It was quite a simple bowl of ramen topped with menma (bamboo), green onions and two slices of thin but soft, tasty chashu.

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The soup was light yellow and had some oil. It had katsuo bushi (bonito flakes) which added nicely to the flavour and made it a bit fishy.

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The noodles were thin and straight with medium firmness.

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I don’t often eat shio ramen, but this was the second time in 10 days that I had eaten it. It was very different from the shio ramen I had last week at Gokurakucho. It was closer to typical shio ramen, but the katsuo bushi gave it something extra, and the noodles were really nice. Simple, but it hit the spot!

Score: 7.5/10

Location: About 10 minutes on foot from Sakae, Sakaemachi and Shinsakaemachi Stations.

Address: 愛知県名古屋市中区栄4-7-13 木村ビルディング1F

Price: From 650 yen

Seating: 14 counter seats