Local ramen, I love it. So when I had a few hours to kill in Toyama, I made it a point to go try the original Toyama Black bowl.
It looked to be about a 30 minute walk, but for 200 yen you can ride the city's streetcar. Just make sure you hop on the Loop Line.
The shop isn't far from Grand-Plaza Mae.
This is a one menu item shop. Go for nami, the smallest size. It was plenty.
Toyama black is defined by the ultra-dark soy sauce and black pepper. Be sure to mix it up a bit before you slurp.
Shoyu-lovers rejoice! This one is so deep, so in-your-face. The soup soaks into everything, and the flavors are extreme.
I tried another Toyama Black from Iroha before at their Ikebukuro shop, and have to say that Taiki blew it away.
Not very crowded on a Sunday afternoon, which was surprising considering the sheer number of famous people who have been here.
Unfortunately, I think Taiki is a default go-to for TV shows that are trying to do a local-flavor type of show about Toyama. Despite the general disingenuous nature of the food reviews on these shows, I can say that Taiki is worthy of a visit.
Official site here.
Toyama-ken, Toyama-shi, Otaguchidori 1-1-7
Closest station: Toyama (or Grand Plaza-Mae)