Friday, July 12, 2013

IKR51 in Osaka

IKR51

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Another job in Osaka meant time for a few bowls. And time to meet up with fellow ramen nut Ben, who blogs over at Friends in Ramen.

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IKR51 was actually recommended by some random dude one the street. A random dude who was touting for a local izakaya. He recognized Ramen Adventures from the TV, so of course I asked for his osusume, recommendation. He was really into IKR51. AKB48? NMB48? No, IRK51.

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IKR means ikura, those tasty, red salmon eggs that make their way into sushi shops across Japan. And tackle boxes of fishermen worldwide.

I love the things, and not ordering the large size bowl of ikura over rice, topped with an onsen egg, was tough. Let's hope the ramen can live up.

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Excellent bowl. The soup is a shrimp and salt broth, heavy on the shrimp. Usually, this combo gets sprinkled with a couple slivers of fresh yuzu peel, for an aromatic extra. Here, though, mounds of yuzu make their way in. The over-use of it was great!

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Love the Osaka scene! Like many spots in Osaka, IKR51 is open very late.

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大阪府大阪市中央区南船場3-11-27
Osaka, Osaka-shi, Chuo-ku, Minamisenba 3-11-27
Closest station: Shinsaibashi

Open 11:30-3:00am
Fridays and Saturdays until 5:00am
Sundays until 1:00am