Tenkaippin Ramen

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CONTRIBUTED BY CALYN PAQUIN

Tenkaippin Ramen Exterior | Okinawa Hai

With many noodle restaurants very close by, namely Ramen Kagetsu Arashi, Marugame and Taiwan Ramen House Ho-Ja to name a few, do we need another noodle restaurant? Sure we do! Out of nowhere pops a brand new restaurant, Tenkaippin Ramen ((天下一品 – originally from Kyoto) on route 58 in Chatan, right next to KFC.

Apparently, there are 2 other branches on Okinawa. One in Urasoe and the other one located in Naha City. I have never been to either location so I had no idea what Kyoto ramen tasted like. Turns out, their signature bowl, Kotteri-style ramen has a rather thick broth. More like a gravy to me. The menu states chicken base, collagen rich which is supposed to be good for skin and hair. I tried and liked it. It tastes like the broth was thickened with beaten egg, if it makes any sense. They have garlic chilli paste at the table, but I forgot to add some! It was topped with a thin slice of pork, bamboo shoots and a generous amount of spring onions.

Tenkaippin Ramen Bowel

They also have Assari-style (normal shoyu soup for a lighter taste) ramen as well. They have different kinds of fried rice, fried chicken, gyoza and even French fries. I read that the way to eat Kotteri-style ramen is to finish everything in the bowl, and leave the soup for last. Then, you mix in the white rice into the soup and eat it like porridge. I ordered my set with deep fried shrimp (they were tiny) with mayo and sauce over fried rice (for 100 yen extra) instead of white rice.  If you prefer miso or tantanmen base soup, it’s an additional 80 – 100 yen).

Tenkaippan Ramen Gyoza | Okinawa Hai

The prices and portions were average with the basic Kotteri ramen for 650 yen. Topping is about 100-150 yen each (egg, spring onion, pork, corn, etc). They have several combinations for set menu (you can choose your ramen with one or two side dishes) for something around 800-1000 yen.  For lunch between 1100 – 1500 (weekdays only), there is 100 yen discount.

Tenkaippin Ramen Interior | Okinawa Hai

The restaurant is not very big.  There are 12 counter stools, and 5 tables that seat about 6 people each. You can see the guys working very fast in the open kitchen and every so often, they will call out something in Japanese spontaneously which I don’t understand.

Hours: 11:00 am – 02:00 am. Last order 01:50 am.

Payment: we paid in yen. I’m sorry I wasn’t paying attention if they accept dollars or credit card.

Directions: From Foster, take 58 towards Kadena. After you pass Obbligato restaurant, you’ll see Tenkaippin Ramen. If you are coming from Kadena, you will make the U-turn at the traffic lights where ENEOS will be on your right. Parking is right in front of the restaurant.

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  • January 18, 2013

    Two thumbs up! Service was very good (and they brought us an English-language menu which was nice if you need it) and food came quickly. Definitely a different style of broth than I’ve had on Okinawa before (and clearly chicken-based rather than fish/dashi-based) but the gyoza and the ramen were all delicious. Will definitely eat here again.

    GT
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  • January 19, 2013

    This is a second lication for them. There is one outside Kinser Gate 4 that my family and I have been going to since we arrived in Okinawa over 3 years ago. LOVE their ramen! It’s out go to place for ramen!

    Andrea
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  • January 22, 2013

    Great place to get Kyoto style ramen. There menus are in English too!

    DJ
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  • January 28, 2013

    Tried this tonight and LOVED it! Wonderful staff, great English menu, and delicious ramen! Remember to slurp! :)

    MichiganGal
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  • February 9, 2013

    The best place to eat Ramen that I have found is next to Sega in American Village. I’m unsure of the name. I will be trying this place soon though. If any of you have eaten both, please post your opinions. Thanks.

    ACE
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  • February 9, 2013

    I have eaten at both and prefer Tenkaippin. It has changed a bit since I first went there though. I still choose it over others though.

    Andrea
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  • May 24, 2013

    Excellent Kotteri-style ramen! Love this place, I go probably once a week.

    Note, on busier evenings you may have to put your party’s name on the waiting list.

    The Hoff
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    • August 26, 2013

      The Hoff..I question your taste buds as the food is subpar at best. There is better food when it is fully stacked in my unit’s snack bar.

      Black MOJ
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  • May 30, 2013

    Gross!!!!! Gravy texture soup, salty, overpriced. Disgusting!!!! Worst ramen ever.

    Maria
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    • July 6, 2013

      Just ate there and I was not a fan. I agree with Maria. The service was good as mentioned before but there was something different but not good about this place.

      chuck
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      • July 25, 2013

        They do offer a several lighter broths; the heavy Kotteri is my favorite but for those complaining maybe try looking over the menu next time?

        Tim
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  • November 26, 2013

    We enjoyed the Ramen here- I likes the Miso version. Of the few places we tried this was our favorite!

    Jessica
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  • December 29, 2013

    Love this place!! i could eat it once a week!! prices are very good! we always pay in yen! Very nice people and quick!!! I meg middle noodle along with middle soup!

    Audrey
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