I had been a huge fan of Ichiran for many years. Made numerous trips to Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka and also longed for Ichiran Ramen.
However, during my last stay at Fukkuoka. I was SOOOOOO disappointed. On my first day at Tenjin, I noticed a queue for Ichiran(It was a Sun) and decided to have it the next day. I was literally salivating when I was queueing up, remembering how it used to taste etc.
When the bowl of Ramen was set in front of me, it even looked nothing like what I have been having previously. The soup colour was so dark. The taste was totally off. Nothing like what I have had for so many years. It was extremely salty and I think they added the whole bottle of MSG. I opted for the lightest one already and could not imagine my poor husband who probably ordered med strength(you can choose the strength of the soup), next door. I raved so much about Ichiran Ramen to him till I felt embarassed , now that it really taste terrible. I could not even bring myself to finish that bowl. On normal trips, I would have either 2 bowls or plenty of additional noodles and finish the whole soup.
We left the place, totally disappointed and went elsewhere for lunch. The feeling of thirst(because of MSG) lasted till 3-4pm in the night, with us waking up to drink loads of water.
Not willing to admit nor believe that Irchiran's standard has indeed dropped or changed in Fuk, I suggested to go to the outlet at Canal City. We hopped on to a cab and my husband, remembering his last bowl, refused to even try, so he decided to sit there and wait for me while I had mine. IT WAS THE SAME... bad. I almost cried cos the only few motivations to go Japan, for me, was to have Ichiran Ramen.
That wll probably be my last bowl of Ichiran for the next ten years. Till I forget the taste and the aftertaste.
The food is Japan in general is really great. I just do not know why the food in FUK is either extremely sweet, or salty. Never even bother to try any ltalian food in Japan. They adapted the taste to something unrecognisable.
Try Mont Blanc cafe beside Ichiran(Tenjin) A lovely small cafe with really nice and not too sweet cheesecake.
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