Thursday, February 27, 2014

桂花 (Keika in Kumamoto)

桂花 本店


Everything in Kumamoto closes early! My list of shops to go to included 黒亭 and 火の国, both of which were closed when I finally checked into my hotel. Luckily, for hungry travelers, everything around the Shimotori shopping arcade is open late.


Kumamon is here to welcome you.


Very cool town. There were a ton of fancy dessert cafes. What's that all about? Anyways, back to the ramen.


This is Keika. It is a bit of a mini-chain, so I never gave it much thought. But 本店 means head shop, so this is a once in a blue moon chance to eat at a famous-around-Japan shop's original branch. And with a kiddy-sized option for only 480 yen, the ramen adventure could continue afterwords.


Nice, but nothing special. The soup; creamy and wonderful, topped with that signature burnt garlic oil that makes Kumamoto ramen famous. The pork; rich and decadent. The egg; a horrid mess. Two out of three ain't bad.


There are a few of these in the Tokyo area, so I might try it someday for comparison. Or maybe not.

Official Site Here

熊本県熊本市中央区花畑町11-9 K-1ビル1F
Kumamoto-ken, Kumamoto-shi, Chuo-ku, Hanabatacho 11-9
Closest station: Hanabatacho

Open 11:00-23:45
Friday and Saturday until 1:45am
Sunday 11:00-20:00

1 comment:

Ramen Love said...

When I was your age, eggs were hard-boiled and flavorless, none of this half-boiled, infused nonsense. And we LIKED 'em!