Wednesday, April 22, 2009

kotan ramen & ig cafe

Sunday, before going to the Zoheikyoku, I met Satoshi in Umeda after his German class for lunch.

I had read on a Japanese blog, about a ramen shop that served the gyoza (pot stickers) on top of their ramen. They call it what else??...Gyoza Ramen.

So, we met at Kotan ramen to try their gyoza ramen.

After ordering, the food came out pretty quickly.

4 pieces of gyoza are placed on top of the shoyu-based or miso-based ramen. The gyoza is crispy, the filling is spicy. Spicy like the kim chee gyoza I make, but there are no kim chee bits in this gyoza, just flecks of chili.

It was a great lunch. Shoyu-based is 670 yen (about US$6.70) and miso-based is 690 yen (about US$6.90). Satoshi ordered miso and I ordered shoyu. Really reasonable and delicious.

After doing some walking after the Zoheikyoku, we went to the Ig Cafe. I've had lunch here before but wanted Satoshi to experience this place.

Since it was the weekend, it was packed with people! Luckily we were able to get a table right away.

Satoshi ordered the gelato and coffee 1580 yen (about US$15.80). Vanilla and chocolate gelato and a raspberry sorbet. He said these were delicious.

I ordered the maple waffle set 1500 yen (about US$15). This came with chocolate sauce, maple syrup, vanilla ice cream....and whipped cream plus 3 confiture (vanilla milk jam, strawberry jam & a pistachio orange jam). In addition, it came with a drink of your choice. I chose an iced latte.

The good thing about this dessert was that if you wanted more waffles you could have seconds. I didn't, but would definitely get this again. My favorite topping was the chocolate sauce, it was dark and delicious. Plus, you could dip the fresh fruits in it like a fondue.

I think our lunch and dessert definitely made up for the bad experience at the Mint.

Kotan Ramen
Whity Umeda, near the Izumi Hiroba
Phone: 06.6312.8086
*there are many shops around Osaka


shar said...

This post is making me awfully hungry :) Is this the jpn version of crispy gau gee mins ? :)

K and S said...

I've never seen crispy gau gee here Shar :(

Take care.

Rowena said...

Well that settles what I'm going to make for lunch. Kimchee gyoza using some of that buckwheat wrappers that I made a couple months ago. It'll be a an opportunity to see if they're still good.

K and S said...

I hope your gyoza wrappers are still good Rowena :)

Take care.

Anonymous said...

Awww...they totally remind me of the Haagen dazs ice cream you have to pay for the second helping of waffles? And you sure do make everything on your blog look so mouth watering..^^

Deb in Hawaii said...

Well that would help me when I can't decide between ramen and gyoza for lunch! Yum!

I love the fact that you get so many topping choices with the waffles--how fun!

K and S said...

Thanks Julia, I don't think the second round of waffles has a charge (I didn't ask though!)

And the good thing about the gyoza on the ramen is they save on an extra dish to wash, Deb :)

Take care you two.

Lori said...

That's great that you get so many topping options for the waffles, sounds delicious!

K and S said...

Yes and seconds of waffles too (if you want) Lori :)

Take care.

HanamiGallery said...

i wish i could reach through the monitor and grab that tasty looking food! omg it looks sooo good. there is a new ramen place that opened up here that im going to have to go and try out today...since now im really hungry

K and S said...

I hope the ramen place nearby is delicious Hanami :)

Take care.